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.

Tim mcghee


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

rick bertou


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 five adult children.

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.

tom latham


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: Brittany and Jeremy.

steven mcghee


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


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

Russell Amanns


Russ has been a life-long member of First Baptist Powell. He and his wife Tracy have been married over 30 years with three children. Russ is a 1986 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Finance, and he is very active in our Prayer Ministry and our Greeter Ministry.

mike petty


Mike and his wife, Susan, joined First Baptist Powell in January of 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, a campus of the First Baptist Powell faith family. Mike has been married to Susan for over 30 years, and they have two grown children: Sarah and Joseph.