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Vernon R. Lee

Vernon has been our pastor since 2004. Although he grew up in North Louisiana, he was born February 1, 1952, in Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS. He jokingly maintains he has been a "Baptist" from his birth. His immediate family includes: his wife, Rhonda, their son Shannon and his wife Tina, and three grandchildren Kaila, Ryan and Alexis. He has served as president of our national association and president of Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas state associations as well as president of our national Pastors Conference. He has hosted several tours to Biblical lands including: Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Italy, Greece and Turkey as well as mission tours and visits to Russia, Africa and several other foreign countries. Contact Vernon at

Music and Education Director

John F. "Buddy" Aultman

Buddy joined our staff in 2014. He is a retired school teacher with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Master of Education and Master of Religious Education Degrees. He and his wife, Jeanette, have served on staff in churches for over 50 years. Contact Buddy at

Office Manager

Jeanna Strom

Jeanna joined our staff as Office Manager in November 2015. She and her husband, Andrew, their three children and grand-daughter Jaxyn, have been a vital part of our First Family. Contact Jeanna at

Kids First Director

Cathi Reed

Cathi is a native of Jacksonville. Upon graduating from college, she spent over 30 years in Louisiana as an educator. Upon her retirement from the public schools, she has returned "home" to serve as Director of Kids First Christian Academy. Kids First serves infants through 4th graders and offers Christian based curriculum. For more information, please contact Cathi at


Brenda Rooks

Brenda has been part of our staff since 1999 and excels in keeping our facilities in excellent condition. She has 4 children: Ashley, Tommy, Samuel and Haley and a grandson Liam.

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