OUR LEADERSHIP

Leadership Team:

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM IS MADE UP OF GOD CALLED PEOPLE WHO, FIRST AND FOREMOST, RECOGNIZED THEIR NEED FOR GOD’S SAVING GRACE. AFTER DEVELOPING A PERSONAL WALK WITH THE LORD JESUS, THEY RECOGNIZED GOD’S SPECIAL WORK IN THEIR LIVES, THAT CALLED THEM INTO THE GOSPEL MINISTRY. ONCE THAT CALL WAS RECOGNIZED, IT WAS ANSWERED, AND NOW THEY ARE FAITHFUL SERVANTS OF GOD THROUGH THE LOCAL CHURCH. THEIR DESIRE IS FOR ALL PEOPLE TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, DEVELOP A PERSONAL WALK WITH HIM AND THEN ALLOW GOD TO USE THEIR GIFTS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH.

 

SHAWN BENTLEY, PASTOR

PASTOR SHAWN HAS BEEN IN GOSPEL MINISTRY SINCE 2001 AND HAS SERVED AS OUR PASTOR SINCE SEPTEMBER, 2015. HIS JOURNEY STARTED WITH AN EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS MINISTRY, THE WAY TO LIFE MINISTRY, WHERE HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF ENGAGING THE WORLD THROUGH PREACHING AND TEACHING IN REVIVAL MEETINGS, CRUSADES, YOUTH CAMPS AND WORLD-WIDE MISSION TRIPS. HE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT SEEING PEOPLE BEING BORN AGAIN AND GROWING SPIRITUALLY. HE IS ALSO A VISIONARY AND SEEKS TO KEEP THE CHURCH CHALLENGED AND MOVING FORWARD TO IMPACT THE KINGDOM OF GOD. HE HAS BEEN MARRIED TO HIS WIFE KRISTAL, SINCE 2006, AND THEY HAVE FOUR CHILDREN, CHARLES GAVIN, CHLOE DALYNN, CAMBRI BRAYLEN AND CARA ADALINE.  

 

JEROME SMITH, YOUTH PASTOR

JEROME HAS SERVED AS FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH GANTT YOUTH PASTOR SINCE 2012. HE HAS A HEART FOR, AND ENJOYS TEACHING AND BEING WITH STUDENTS OF ALL AGES. HIS PASSION AND MISSION IS TO TEACH STUDENTS THE GOSPEL IN A WAY THAT WILL HELP THEM DEVELOP AND BUILD A CLOSE, PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR LORD. HIS VISION FOR STUDENT MINISTRY IS FOR ALL STUDENTS TO BECOME BOLD IN THEIR FAITH WHILE LOVING EACH OTHER AND BRINGING OTHERS TO CHRIST.  HIS WIFE ROBIN IS THE CHURCH PIANIST AND THEY HAVE ONE SON KAELAN, WHO ATTENDS THE UNIVERSITY OF MOBILE.

 

DILLON WORLEY, WORSHIP AND MUSIC PASTOR

 

DILLON, HIS WIFE ANNA, AND THEIR DAUGHTER ELLA-KATE WERE LED TO BECOME MEMBERS OF OUR CONGREGATION IN SEPTEMBER 2016. DILLON CURRENTLY SERVES AS THE BAND DIRECTOR AT OPP HIGH SCHOOL AND HIS WIFE, ANNA, IS AN EMPLOYEE OF COVINGTON ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE IN SANFORD. DILLON BEGAN HIS JOURNEY IN THE MUSIC MINISTRY IN 2009 AS ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN GOSPEL GROUP, SOUTHLAND. WHILE A MEMBER OF THIS GROUP, DILLON HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE GOSPEL THROUGH SONG AT SURROUNDING LOCAL CHURCHES. IT WAS THROUGH THIS MINISTRY THAT THE CALL TO THE MUSIC MINISTRY BECAME APPARENT! AFTER COMPLETING HIS DEGREE FROM TROY UNIVERSITY IN 2013, HE ACCEPTED THE POSITION OF WORSHIP LEADER AT ANTIOCH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL EARLY 2016. DILLON AND HIS FAMILY ARE EXCITED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE LOVE OF CHRIST IN FELLOWSHIP WITH FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH GANTT AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO ALL THE BLESSINGS GOD HAS IN STORE FOR THE FUTURE! WE PRAY THAT GOD WILL LEAD YOU ON HIS PATH AS A MEMBER OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH GANTT AS WE SHARE THE LOVE OF CHRIST THROUGH INTENTIONAL LEARNING, LIVING, LOVING, AND LIFTING! WE WILL BE THERE TO SUPPORT YOU AND PRAY FOR YOU ALL THE WAY! GOD BLESS!!!

OTHER MINISTRY LEADERS INCLUDE:

MEN’S MINISTRY, WOMEN’S MINISTRY, COLLEGE MINISTRY, CHILDREN’S MINISTRY, NURSERY MINISTRY, OUTREACH MINISTRY, BUS MINISTRY, GREETER MINISTRY AND SECURITY. THE LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETS TWICE PER MONTH FOR PRAYER, ACCOUNTABILITY, TO WORK TOGETHER IN CREATING FELLOWSHIPS AND OTEHR MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES THAT MOVE OUR CHURCH FORWARD.

 
THE DEACON BODY:

THE DEACON BODY IS COMPRISED OF (6) SIX ACTIVELY SERVING DEACONS THAT ARE ELECTED AND VOTED ON BY THE CHURCH BODY. THE PRIMARY ROLE OF THE DEACON BODY IS TO SERVE THE LOCAL CHURCH.