Interim Pastor

Dr. Philip Attebery

Philip grew up in Magnolia, Arkansas and later attended Southern Arkansas University. He received his MDIV from the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas. Later received his DMIN from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and then his PhD from Dallas Baptist University. Philip currently serves as Dean-Registrar at the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Emily and Jonathan.

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 grew up in Jacksonville, Texas. After two years at Jacksonville College she worked in office personnel for 31 years before joining 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 3 grandchildren, Liam, London, and Miabella.