• Bill Gowder

    Senior 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, Kara, and Matthew. Pastor Bill enjoys time spent with 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

    Pastor to Youth and 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

  • Allen Leath

    director of music

    Allen Leath joined the First Baptist Church family in January, 2018 as he followed the call to lead us in worship. He still lives in the small town of Mascot, TN where he grew up. Having grown up in a musical family, Allen has been apart of providing music within the church most of his life. As an adult, he began traveling full-time in the Christian music industry and had the opportunity to sing and minister alongside some of the country's most well-known artists. Having retired from the road in 2012, Allen loves being home with Tabatha, his wife of 32 years, and their 3 wonderful grandchildren. Along with music, Allen loves sports - both watching and playing. He is currently completing his degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty University.

    "Praise be to the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ! In His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."

    - 1 Peter 1:3

  • Tammie McNabb


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

    - Psalm 46:10

  • David Hipps


    "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