ministry directors

brett gibson

worship pastor

Brett and his wife, DeAnna, came to First Baptist Powell in December 2019. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Sacred Music from the University of North Alabama and earned a Master of Divinity in Worship from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brett and DeAnna have three boys: Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Micah.

darin mercer

Next Generations pastor

Darin joined First Baptist Powell in 2003 and joined the staff in February 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

students pastor

Hunter graduated from Johnson University in 2019 with a degree in Preaching and Youth Ministry.  He joined the full-time staff at First Baptist Powell in the Spring of 2019. Hunter is married to Leah.

eric sams

college and career 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 was married to his late wife Jennifer for over 30 years and they had one daughter, Lori Ann, who has passed away.

amber brooks 

preschool ministry director

Amber grew up in the Powell community and has been a member of FBP since 1992. She has been working in the pre-school department for several years. Amber and her husband Daniel have been married since 1993, and they have two grown children: Trey and Lindsey.  


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.