ministry directors

darin mercer

Next Generations pastor

Darin joined First Baptist Powell in 2003 and joined the staff in Feb. of 2013. Darin graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is married to Katie and they have four children: Cooper, Avery, Ashlyn, and Alia.

hunter long

fbp students pastor

Hunter graduated from Johnson University and joined the full-time staff at First Baptist Powell in the Spring of 2019. He is engaged to Leah, and they are getting married in June.

eric sams

college and career ministry director

Eric joined the First Baptist Powell staff in February 2016. He is a graduate of PSCC and UTK. He has received a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2014) and completed a Master of Theology in Historical and Theological Studies (2016) at SBTS. Eric is married to Carrie and they have three sons: Joshua, Lucas, and Jonathan.

tom langston

local missions director

Tom started First Baptist Powell’s Mobile Home Park Ministry in November of 2001 as a volunteer. As the ministry grew he joined the staff in 2007. Tom has been to Jennifer for over 30 years and they have one daughter, Lori Ann who has passed away.

amber brooks

preschool ministry director


children’s ministry director

Brandie has her Master’s in Elementary Education from LSU and has worked as a classroom teacher, Mother’s Day Out teacher, Sunday School teacher, and homeschooling mom. She is thrilled for the opportunity to working even more closely with children and families in this new role! Brandie and her husband, Craig, have three children: Selah, Silas, and Samuel.