leadership

first baptist powell is an elder-led church.

While there are many forms of church governments, we believe that an elder-led model is the most biblically faithful. It allows elders to fulfill their duties as Scripture describes, and preserves the roles and responsibilities of every member within the context of the priesthood of all believers.

Phil Jones

Elder – Preaching/Leadership

Phil came to First Baptist Powell in 1986. He received a Bachelors degree from the University of Tennessee in 1971, and a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1976. In 2000 he completed Doctor of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Phil has been married to his wife Kathy for over 40 years. They have five children, Clint, Sarah, Aaron, Laura and Daniel.

Jim Waddell

Elder – Senior Adult/Pastoral Care

Jim came to First Baptist Powell in April of 2000. He received a degree from Tennessee Institute of Electronics, and has completed Grace Fellowship International Conference School of Biblical Counseling. Jim has been married to his wife Brenda for over 50 years. They have two children, Lori and Tim.

Tim mcghee

Elder

Tim joined First Baptist Powell in 2006. He is married to Carla and they have two daughters Hannah and Micah.

mike petty

Elder

Mike joined First Baptist Powell in January, 2007. Mike has served as a pastor in churches in Arkansas and Tennessee and served on the faculty of First Baptist Academy for many years. He began serving as an Elder in 2013 and currently serves as Pastor at Norwood Baptist Church. Mike has been married to his wife Susan for over 30 years. They have two married children, Sarah and Joseph.

tom latham

Elder

Tom joined First Baptist Powell in 1998. Tom leads the ministry, “God’s World in God’s Word” using Answers in Genesis material. Tom and Teresa have been married for over 20 years. They have two children.

rick bertou

Elder

Rick moved from Pennsylvania to Tennessee in 2008. After 34-years in business, Rick became part of our full-time pastoral staff, responsible for developing strategies that meet our vision goals. He also leads our Family Ministries and Operations Teams. Rick and his wife Cindy have been married for nearly 30-years. They have 5-adult children.

steven mcghee

Elder

Steven and his wife Amber joined First Baptist Powell in 2007. Steven leads a Young Families Lifegroup and is involved with various family ministries as well as activities with First Baptist Academy. Steven and Amber have been married for 15 years and have two children – Zachary and Luke.

clayton gilley

Elder

Clayton became a Christian in 1957. He and Pat were married in 1967. They have two sons and five grandchildren. He was ordained a deacon in 1977. He and Pat served as missionaries in the Philippines from 2002 to 2004. They became members at First Baptist Powell in 2005 and are active in our Life Group and the Worship ministry in the orchestra.

Russell Amanns

Elder

Russ has been a life-long member of First Baptist Powell. He and his wife Tracy have been married for 31 years, with three children. A 1986 gradute of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Finance, he is very active in our Prayer Ministry and our Greeter Ministry.