First Baptist Friendsville Staff
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 & 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 32 years, Karen. They have two sons; Trinity, age 30 and Zachary, age 26. 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
Adam & Kara Townsend – Children’s Ministry
Adam and Kara began serving in the children’s ministry at FBCF in April 2019. Kara came to know the Lord at the age of 5, and Adam at the age of 17. They met at Fellowship Church in Knoxville, TN, where they were both leading in the high school ministry, while both attending the University of Tennessee. They have been married for 1.5 years. Kara is a first grade teacher in Knoxville, TN, and Adam works for Goodall Homes.
Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.
Tammie McNabb – Church Secretary
Tammie was born and raised in Blount County . She has attended FBCF since birth and has been the church’s secretary since February 1997. She and her husband Rodney have grown children: Colton and Marah and their son-in-law Coleman.
“Be still and know that I am God…“
– Psalm 46:10
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 33 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
David Hipps – 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