Our Team

Don Hattaway

Senior Pastor

Dr. Don Hattaway was the Senior Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Cartersville, Georgia, where he served for 17 years. He holds degrees from Brewton-Parker College (Bachelor of Music Education) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry.) He is the former President, Vice-President, and Parliamentarian of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. He has also served as trustee for Brewton-Parker College, Shorter University, and the Christian Index.

In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he enjoys speaking at various revivals, conferences, seminars, and churches though out the year.

Pastor Don has been preaching the gospel for 30 years and stands firm on teaching the inerrant and infallible Word of God. He is a true believer that God's Word changes lives. His ministry seeks to encourage and teach Christians in their daily walk with God and lead others to experience saving faith in Jesus Christ.

Joined Staff: January 2019

His Responsibilities: Preaching, Teaching, Administration, and Pastoral Care

His Salvation Story: Born to Ethridge and June Hattaway in Douglas, Georgia on April 27, 1964, I was the only son of four children. We lived in a modest country home where my mama’s chief concern was to take care of her husband and children. My daddy worked at Daniel’s Feed and Seed and tended the small farm that we called home. Ours was a loving Christian home where we had many happy times together.


Our entire week revolved around a little country church called New Harmony Grove Baptist. We faithfully attended Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, and Wednesday night prayer meetings. My mama was the church pianist, and my daddy was the song leader.


My parent’s faith had a great impression on me. Through their Christian influence and the ministries of our church, I realized that I was a sinner in need of forgiveness. I learned that Christ was the sinless Savior who was crucified, died, and rose again that I might be saved. At age seven, I talked with my parents about becoming a Christian. After accepting Christ, I was baptized and began a journey of faith that has led me to where I am today.

Family: Sonia (wife), Nathan and Daniel (sons), and Anna Lane (daughter)

Contact: Office - 912.384.5598, Email Pastor Don

Jonathan P. Jordan

Associate PAstor, Education & Administration

Prior to coming to First Baptist Church, Jonathan joined the Georgia Baptist Mission Board in 2010. During that time he served as a consultant for Discipleship Ministries, Evangelism Ministries, and since 2013 Groups and Faith Development. Before serving the GBMB Jonathan served First Baptist Church, Winder, Georgia & Morningside Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia. He is a graduate of Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, and Southwestern Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

Joined Staff: June 2019

His Responsibilities: Education Ministry - including Sunday School and Discipleship and Administration

His Salvation Story: Jonathan accepted Christ at a young age and developed his faith through his teen years while being a member at First Baptist Church, Tucker, Georgia. Responding to his call to full-time vocational ministry later in his 20s he has been leading, teaching, sharing and fulfilling his call to "Make Disciples Through Groups" for over 19 years. 

Family: Leah (wife), Sarah Elisabeth (daughter), Parks (son)

Contact: Office - 912-384-5598 Email Jonathan

Daniel Steele

Worship Minister

Daniel has been a worship leader for over 20 years. He is skilled at leading from guitar, keyboard, and piano. He can arrange music and transpose songs at will. He can read music proficiently as well as notate chords and changes “by ear.” His passion is in mentoring the next generation of worship leaders and in leading people of all ages and backgrounds into heartfelt worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Daniel graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition with further musical study in choral conducting. Before living in Louisiana, he grew up overseas in both Scotland and Indonesia as his father worked as an engineer for Shell Oil company. Daniel and his wife Karen have been married for 19 years. They were married in Seoul, South Korea, where Karen was serving as an Army Nurse and Daniel led worship for the Department of Defense Chapel System. They have two sons, Caleb and Logan. Daniel is also a proficient golfer, earning his music degree while on a golf scholarship. Before going into worship ministry full time, he played on the PGA mini-tour, caddied on Pinehurst #2, and worked as a golf pro at Reynold’s Plantation in Greensboro, GA. He is also a skilled woodworker, making everything from tables and cabinets to turning pens and bowls. His favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Joined Staff: February 2021

His Responsibilities: Leading Worship, Music Ministry, and Media

His Salvation StoryI am very blessed to have been raised in a Godly home where my dad and mom both followed Christ visibly.  I was blessed to be taken to church from an early age but at home was where I was taught the Bible.  When I was 9 years old I knew without any doubt that if I were to die I would be forever separated from God in hell.  Upon my heart being stirred by the Holy Spirit, my father led me to the Lord.

Family: Karen (wife), Caleb and Logan (sons)

Contact: Office - 912.384.5598, Email Daniel

Jonathan McDuffie

Student Minister

Joined Staff: November 2016

His Responsibilities: Student and College Ministry

His Salvation Story: I grew up in a loving, faithful, church-going family. I knew all the stories, could answer the questions, and thought that I knew Jesus. When I was eight years old, I realized that I was a sinner, I deserved punishment, and that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I asked Christ to forgive me and made him my Lord and Savior. Since then, life has been a journey of learning to follow in obedience. 

Family: Shannon (wife), Cole and Luke (sons)

Contact: Office - 912.384.5598 Email Jonathan

Diane Roberson

Preschool and Children's Director

Joined Staff: March 2009

Her Responsibilities: Preschool and Children's Ministry including Weekday Preschool, Sunday School, Discipleship and all Preschool and Children's Activities

Her Salvation Story: I was saved when I was 8 years old. My Mother led me to Christ in my bedroom at home. Since that time, I have had areas of life where I have tried to walk away from God and what He means to me. There have been times of rebellion where I thought the world had what I really needed in life. But God has been faithful to His word, that nothing can snatch me from His hand. I am so thankful that He does not give up on us! It is my desire to Glorify Him, follow His will and purpose for my life, and teach children who God is to them and what He can mean to them now and for the rest of their lives.

Family: Stacy (husband), Erica and Molly (daughters), and Gillis (son).

Contact: Office - 912.384.5598 Email Diane

Support Staff

  • Pastor's Assistant

    Debbie Fender

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  • Ministry Assistant

    Rhonda Saeed

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  • Music Ministry Assistant

    Bari Sims

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  • Facilities

    John Adams

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  • financial director

    kaylie harper

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