Pastors & Staff


Head Pastor

Jonathan enjoys board games with friends, hiking, astronomy, model airplanes, playing music, and quiet moments (which don't happen very often at his house with 4 children). His biggest influences have been his parents, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, his wife Laura, and all the people at First Baptist that God has used and continues to use through the years.
Native Town: Arcadia, NC
Year Service Began: 2005
College: The University of North Carolina - Asheville, B.A.
Seminary: M. Div - Pastoral Studies - The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Spouse: Former Laura Whitley of Greensboro, NC
Children: Avery, Josiah, Annabelle, and Brantley

Jake Morgan

Associate Pastor

Jake is a man who loves the Lord, his family and country. He has a passion for reaching people with The Good News as well as discipling  Christians by leading them to understand their faith and how to live out their commitment to Christ. The idea of free time is a laughing matter for Jake, but when he finds his moments, if he is not with his family, he enjoys building, Crossfit, hunting and fishing.
Native Town: Winston Salem, NC
Year Service Began at FBC: 2018
College: Pfeiffer University, B.A.
Seminary: Liberty Theological School of Divinity
Spouse: Susan Morgan (former Susan Beeson) of Midway, NC
Children: Johnny Clyde and Sam

John Braley

Worship Pastor

John's passion for worship ministry is to point others to Christ through theologically sound music, equip and disciple fellow leaders on the stage, and to encourage the church body to experience God in worship every day, not just when we meet. He enjoys serving on mission, spending time with his family, watching movies, camping, traveling and watching the Florida Gators.
Native Town: Palm Coast, FL
Year Service Began at FBC: 2020
College: Baptist College of Florida, B.A.
Seminary: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Spouse: Laura Braley (former Laura Coulter) of Tallahassee, FL
Children: Micah, Caleb

Brandon Parker

Youth Pastor

Brandon is passionate about advancing the glory of God by making disciples and teaching the Bible. His vision for teens is to see them develop a vibrant relationship with Christ that will shape the rest of their lives. Brandon enjoys hiking and hammocking with his family, reading, and playing music. He also loves to play and watch basketball and is an avid North Carolina Tar Heels fan.
Native Town: Norfolk, VA
Year Service Began: 2020
College: Appalachian Bible College, B.A.
Seminary: Virginia Beach Theological Seminary, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Spouse: Brittany Parker (former Brittany Best) of Columbus, OH
Children: Beau, Rhett

Sara Jones


Sara enjoys time spent with friends and family, photography, board games, music, traveling, reading, and LSU football. Favorite authors include Elisabeth Elliot, JD Greear, David Platt, Robin Jones Gunn, and Karen Kingsbury.
Native Town: Picayune, MS
Year Service Began: 2018
College: Blue Mountain College, B.S. Psychology & Christian Ministry
Family: Parents, 3 older sisters, 2  brother-in-laws, 5 nieces, and 3 nephews live near Knoxville



Linda enjoys reading, flower arranging, and photography – making pictures of nature scenes and her family – just ask any of the family who see Linda with her camera! She considers it a privilege to serve the Lord through the ministry of First Baptist.
Native Town: Welcome, NC
Year Service Began: 1982
College: Winston-Salem Business
Spouse: Charlie Nifong
Children: Jana Eanes



Phyllis loves cooking and photography. She loves the Lord and believes He led her to service at First Baptist. God's blessings are never ending.
Native Town: Durham, NC
Year Service Began: 2012
Experience: 45 years in financial/accounting
Children: Amy S. Dillard (married to Shawn, 2 children)



Carolyn has been in church preschool ministry for over 35 years and still loves what she does! She is mom to twin sons who are grown and long moved out- replaced by a dog named Macie! A community Bible Study "Faithful Friends" meets at her home on Thursdays and this group has been meeting together for nearly 20 years. Carolyn enjoys walking with friends, baking and spending time with her boys.
Experience: 33 years of Experience Directing Programs
Native Town: Abington, VA
Year Service Began: 2007
College: Forsyth Tech (degree) Salem College, WSSU, and DCCC (additional training and licensing)
Children: Richard - Teacher: Clemmons Middle and Michael - Editor: Winston Salem Monthly, both are accomplished musicians.
Grandson: Luke & Nora, Lucy & Adam