Meet Our Staff

The staff and leadership of FBCF is comprised of men and women who love, care, and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff and volunteers, feel free to reach out to them by email or by contact the church office.

  • Bill Gowder

    Pastor

    Pastor Bill moved to Tennessee 20 years ago, but grew up a Georgia boy. He came to know Christ during his sophomore year at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. His wife Becky is the love of his life.  Together, they have three kids - Katie (a Nurse Practitioner) is married to Jim (a 4th year Dental School student); Kara (a UT grad student in Education); and Matthew (an energetic 6th grader).  Pastor Bill enjoys his family, watching sports, doing home projects, and fitting in golf and hunting when he can.  The Gowders began their fruitful ministry at First Baptist Church in February 2012 and appreciate the loving support of the sweet church family.

    "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

    - Jeremiah 29:11


  • Scott KidD

    MINISTER to Children & Families

    Scott was born in Maryville, Tennessee and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee. He trusted in Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1978 at the age of 21. Scott attended seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he met his wife of 30 years, Karen. They have two sons; Trinity, age 27 and Zachary, age 24.  Scott and Karen have been ministering to the children and youth of First Baptist Church since 2002 with the desire to partner with parents in developing Christ-honoring believers who live out their faith. Scott coaches elementary boys and girls basketball at Maryville Christian School, enjoys running marathons and half-marathons, long distance bicycling, and fishing.

    "Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

    - Philippians 3:13-14



  • TJ Whitehead

    MinistER TO YOUTH

    TJ and his wife, Kayla, both grew up in East Tennessee.  Having met on mission in Ecuador, they discovered God's Will for their lives was to serve Him through ministering to the Church.  They have been ministering to the youth of FBCF since August, 2016, and it is their passion to equip the Church to make disciples of all nations and to present themselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God.  TJ received his Bachelor's in Chemistry at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and now studies Discipleship & Family Ministry at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."

    - Galatians 2:20


  • Bryan Long

    Worship Minister

    Bryan Long is a full-time minister with Blue Ridge Broadcasting (106.7 The Light) in East Tennessee where he and his family live. Bryan received his MBA from Belmont University and his Bachelor’s in Marketing from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

    Bryan began in the music ministry at the age of 11 when his parents formed The Zion Trio, a regional southern gospel group. Eventually, he joined Singer/Songwriter Kyla Rowland (The Rowlands) as a back-up vocalist, bassist and acoustic guitarist and has worked with various other artist throughout his career. He has served several churches as their lead music minister in both a bi-vocational and interim capacity and also occasionally writes as a freelance contributor for multiple worship websites. If this wasn’t enough fun, he also fishes, sails and does anything which requires a river, lake or ocean.

    I’m more blessed than I ever imagined or deserved. To God be All Glory!

    - Psalm 104:33


  • Tammie McNabb

    CHURCH Secretary

    "Be still and know that I am God..."

    - Psalm 46:10


  • David Hipps

    CHURCH Administrator

    "For though the fig tree doesn't flourish, Nor fruit be in the vines.  The labor of the olive fails, the fields yield no food.  The flocks are cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls.  Yet I will rejoice in the LORD.  I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!"

    - Habakkuk 3:17-18


  • Joy Meschendorf

    Custodian