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 7, 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: Wife - Sonia

Sons - Nathan & Daniel

Daughter - Anna Lane .


Office - 912.384.5598

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Jonathan Jordan

Associate PAstor, Education & Administration

Joins Staff: Mid June 2019

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

Bio: 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.

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. 

His Family: Leah (wife)

Sarah Elisabeth (daughter)

Parks (son)


Office: 912-384-5598

email Jonathan

B.J. Holliday

Minister of Music and Worship/MISSIONS

Joined Staff: February 2007

His Responsibilities: Music Ministry, Media Ministry, and Missions Ministry

                                      Interim Administrative Pastor

His Salvation Story:

I walked the aisle of a baptist church when seven and was baptized though I really was saved at the age of 28, after I entered the ministry. Since that time I have had my fair share of struggles but Jesus has always been there to discipline me and love me back into a right relationship with Him. I can not imagine life without Jesus. He is the most incredible thing that has ever happened to me. I desire to bring Him glory and tell others about my Savior.

Family: Teresa (wife)

               Katie (daughter) and her husband Jacob Johnson

              Jonathon (son) and his wife Savannah



Office: 912.384.5598

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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 & Luke



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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: God gave me a wonderful, understanding husband, Stacy, on December 31, 1991. We have 3 children, Erica, Molly and Gillis.


Office: 912.384.5598

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Kimberly lott

First Academy Director

Joined Staff: Became Director July 2017

Her Responsibilities:Provide leadership for First Academy.

Her Salvation Story: I was raised in the church and became saved at the young age of 11. It wasn't until I reached adulthood that my walk with Christ strengthened and flourished. As my family endured the word "cancer" in multiple reports with my dad, I was nothing less but shattered. God placed me in that valley to help me understand that nothing can be done in my human strength or with any earthly resources; but only through His strength. Through that season of my life, I grew closer to Christ and developed a passion for spreading God's Word and educating this generation through Him.

Family: Clay (husband) and Fisher (son)


Office: (912) 720-5961

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Support Staff

  • Pastor's Secretary

    Debbie Fender

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  • Ministry Assistant

    Rhonda Saeed

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  • Financial Secretary

    Trish Payton

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  • Music Ministry Assistant

    Bari Sims

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  • Facilities Manager

    Arnie Bowers

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  • Custodian

    Aline Littleton

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  • Custodian

    Retha Brown

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