First Baptist Church
1279 Friendship Road
Tallassee, Alabama 36078
(334) 283-2287
Home      Our Beliefs      Our Ministries      What to Expect      Membership      Where We Are

Meet Our Staff

Derek Gentle, Pastor

Pastor Gentle has been at First Baptist Church since 1996. He is a native of the Birmingham, Alabama area. Derek emphasizes practical preaching and teaching from the Bible, lacing his messages with a little dry humor. He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Sheila is a Title I teacher at Tallassee Elementary School. Derek and Sheila have two children, Hannah and Micah. Hannah's husband, Edwin, is a pastor in New York State where they live with their two daughters. Micah is married to Kristen and they are preparing for the ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina. You can read Derek's blog, Disproportionate Impact, for ministers who serve in small cities and towns, or follow him on Twitter @GoodNewsTalisi.

Ron Turner
Minister of Music & Pastoral Care

Ron started with us the first Sunday in February 2002, coming to us from the Memphis Baptist Church in Dothan. Pastor Gentle has given him the nickname, "Big Time." Ron leads upbeat music, blending traditional hymns and choruses. He also works with our Senior Adult ministry. He and his wife, Kay, have two grown sons, Woodie and Wyman, and three grandchildren.

Barry Tice
Minister of Education & Discipleship

Barry came as First Baptist's first Minister of Education & Discipleship in June 2010. Prior to coming to Tallassee, he served the First Baptist Church of Jasper. Barry holds a masters degree in counseling from UAB and a Masters of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He and his wife, Debbie, an elementary school teacher, have two sons in college, Luke and Matthew.

Joshua Cochran
Minister to Students

Josh started with us on August 24, 2008, coming from the First First Baptist Church of Gautier, Mississippi, where he served as Minister of Students & Activities. He is a graduate of William Carey College. His dad was in the armed forces so Josh attended London Central High School in Wycombe, England. He and his wife, Kristen, have three sons, Joshua ("Isaac"), Jeremiah, and Jadon.

Director of Preschool & Children's Ministries

Susan Jackson, Church Secretary

Susan began with us in the summer of 2001. She has previously worked at the Air Force Academy and at the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (now North American Mission Board).

Angie Jolly, Financial Secretary

Angie is part time with us and takes care of our financial records. She and her husband Tracy are members of First Baptist Church.