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

student pastor

Hunter graduated from Johnson University in 2019 with a degree in Preaching and Youth Ministry. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He joined the full-time staff at First Baptist Powell in the Spring of 2019. Hunter is married to Leah and they have one child, Amelia.

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 work closely with children and families in this role! Brandie and her husband, Craig, have three children: Selah, Silas, and Samuel. 

alys grissom

disciple-making director for women

Alys Grissom is the Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor as well as the Disciple-Making Director for Women. Alys has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications – Public Relations from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She has been a member of First Baptist Powell since 2009. Alys is married to Alan and has two daughters, Evie Grace and Rosemary, both of which are students at First Baptist Academy.

FBA leadership team

first baptist academy

First Baptist Academy exists to assist parents by providing an excellent Classical education that fosters a biblical worldview, striving to equip students to impact the world for Christ. Click below to get to know our FBA Leadership Team, including the Head of School and principals.