Paul and his family came to First Baptist Church in January 2016. He has a passion for teaching Scripture and doing so in such a way that it comes alive in a contemporary context. He also enjoys casting vision and helping churches and organizations see the big picture and take the step of faith to get there.
In the community, you'll find Paul helping to lead ECP Backpacks (a county-wide program to provide meals on the weekends for children), Room in the Inn (a sheltering initiative for homeless residents of Elizabeth City), the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, or volunteering in a local school.
He and his wife, Liz, love watching their kids, Ayden and Ella, do competitive cheerleading. They also enjoy time with family, home renovation projects, and the beach. When Paul finds some extra time, he enjoys all kinds of sports, fishing, hunting, and building, restoring, and repurposing furniture.
Music Director & Organist
Billy really likes to make good music. In his role at First Baptist Church, making good music helps enhance the worship experience for everyone.
Outside of church, Billy always tries to improve things little bit. He gets up every morning with a goal of making our community just a little bit nicer and more interesting and entertaining for the folks that live here now. Through his various roles at churches, as an Elizabeth City City Councilor, and through interactions with others, he is able to move that idea forward each and every day.
Billy enjoys the water, so boating and swimming are his "go-to" hobbies, as well as making music.
Administrative Assistant & Children's Coordinator
Laurinda loves planning and doing events and programming for children and youth, especially coming up with crafts for them to do. She loves Vacation Bible School and is leading our Children's Ministry in a VBS-like atmosphere every Sunday morning! Laurinda didn't grow up in church, so she's catching up on her time missed in Children's Church by working with them!
Laurinda has been a member of First Baptist Church since 2002. She has been married to Roger for 40 years. They have a son, John (married to Brandy), and a granddaughter, Lacey. Laurinda, Brandy, and Dottie (Laurinda's mother-in-law) love crafting together and you'll probably see them at their booth at a few craft shows around the area. They also love to go camping in their travel trailer!
The Deacons of First Baptist Church
Volunteers play a vital role in the ministry and leadership of First Baptist Church. Part of those volunteers are the deacons. At First Baptist Church, deacons provide administrative leadership, as well as assist the pastor in pastoral ministry to the members and visitors of FBC.
The current deacons for First Baptist Church are: Debbie Cherry, Roger Ferrell, Mike Barnett, Tonya Bush, Mackie Swain, Frank White, Jr., Sandra Garrett, Norman Watts, and Bruce Lamb.