Dr. Ray Ammons, Senior Pastor
Dr. Ammons is a native of Red Springs, North Carolina. Ray and his wife, Cathy, have two daughters. Rachel is a kindergarten teacher in Chapel Hill and is engaged to be married to Will Etheridge in August 2014. Allyson is an elementary school music teacher in Cleveland County and is married to Adam Velez. Ray received his M.Div. from Southern Seminary in 1994 and his D.Min. from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in 2004. Ray has served as pastor in four churches in Kentucky and North Carolina. His previous pastorate was First Baptist Church, Gastonia. He currently serves as the moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina and on the Board of Ministers at Campbell and Gardner-Webb Universities.
Daniel Elliott, Minister to Students & Families
Daniel is originally from Jefferson City, Tennessee. Daniel received his M.Div from McAfee School of Theology in 2015 and BA in Religious Studies from Carson-Newman University in 2012. He has lived in Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, and Indonesia, but now calls North Carolina home. Daniel has served previously in a ministry capacity as a Passport Camp Bible Study Leader and Pastor, as a college campus minister at Mercer University, and as a worship drummer at various churches, but has also found ways to minister through making smoothies and making coffee while working in Raleigh, NC. In his spare time, you could find Daniel enjoying time with friends, watching movies or TV, playing games, listening to or playing music, throwing a Frisbee, or trying to cook.
Lauren McCollister, Minister of Music & Director of Children's Ministry
Lauren is originally from Cambridge, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and moved to North Carolina in 2008 to pursue Music at Campbell University. With a passion for music and ministry, Lauren received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comprehensive Music in 2012 and most recently received a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Church Music from Campbell University. Her previous ministry experience was serving as Director of Music for two years at Neill's Creek Baptist Church, Angier, NC. She also enjoyed providing pastoral care to the freshmen at Campbell University as a Resident Chaplain. Lauren greatly loves time spent by the water and quality time with good friends.
Paula Peters, Business Administrator
Paula is a native of Dallas, Texas but moved to Clinton with her dad in 2006 to be his full-time caregiver with her sister (Pam Ruggles) and family’s help (who already lived in Clinton). They took care of him until he passed away in 2009. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from TWU, Denton, TX. Before moving to Clinton she was an Activity Coordinator at Grace Presbyterian Village in Dallas. She was Pastor’s Secretary to Senior Pastor, Dr. Bill H. White, at The Oaks Baptist Church Grand Prairie, TX (formerly First Baptist Oak Cliff) prior to working at GPV. Paula enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and has a passion for caregivers. She has a website devoted to providing information to help caregivers and care receivers: http://caregiversministry.webs.com/
Ruth Ann Johnson, Secretary
Ruth Ann has worked at First Baptist since January of 1999. She was born and raised in Clinton and graduated from Clinton High School. She moved to the Faison area after her marriage. She and her late husband, Philip, had three children, Lisa, Carla and David. She returned to school in 1997 and graduated from Sampson Community College with a degree in Office Systems Technology. She served for several years on the Advisory Board in the business department at SCC. She also served for ten years as Church Treasurer at her own church, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. She has now moved back to Clinton to care for her mother.
Bill Dunlap, Part-Time Financial Administrator
Bill is a native of Clinton and has been a life long member of FBC. He is married to Jo Anna and they have one daughter, Tracie, and two grandchildren. Bill received his undergraduate in business from Campbell. He also received an MBA from Campbell. Bill spent his early career in Clinton working as an accountant at Vann Industries. He then worked as Production and Inventory Control Manager at Western Publishing in Fayetteville. He retired from his career after working at Coharie Hog Farm where he was CFO. Bill has been working part-time as Financial Administrator at FBC since 2013. In his spare time he enjoys golf.
Angela Ruggles, Media-Library Director
Angela is a native of North Carolina, and was born and raised in Clinton, along with her five siblings. She has loved books from an early age. She especially enjoys reading historical fiction, fantasy, and vintage books. When she's not reading or at work, she can usually be found walking her dog, playing the piano, baking or cooking, planning her next craft project, or annoying her younger sister.
Jack Hamilton, Caretaker
Jack was born in Fresno, CA. While still an infant, his family moved back to North Carolina and Jack grew up here in Clinton. He attended Cape Fear Community College. Jack was manager of Food Lion for 10 years and then moved to Aurora, NC where he was co-owner of the Piggly Wiggly there. He also served on the Chamber of Commerce in Aurora. Jack then moved back to Clinton where he began working with Prestage Farms. He attended Sampson Community College where he earned a degree in Animal Science. Jack is now currently employed full-time with Matthews Health Mart and has been there since 2012. He also owns his own lawn care business on the side. Jack and his wife, Gina, have 2 children. Their daughter, Jessica, will be attending UNC Chapel Hill in the fall of 2017 and their son, Nicholas, will start high school at Clinton High. Jack enjoys taking his boat out and fishing in his spare time.
Jeff Draughon, Part-Time Custodian
Bio to come.