OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

 
 
Dr. Todd Sullens
Senior Pastor
 
Pastor Todd and his family moved to First Baptist Leesburg in June of 2014.  Todd graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University in 1995 and from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000 (M.Div.) and again in 2009 (D.Min.). He has served as a Senior Pastor, Recreation Pastor, and Youth Pastor. He has served in Ellerslie GA (north of Columbus, GA) at Bethesda Baptist Church, at First Baptist Hamilton, GA; Bethel Baptist Church in Monticello, MS, and various ministries in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Todd married Nicole Harvey of Macon GA in June 1997 and they have five children: Logan, Andrew, Autumn, Molly Grace, and Joy. 
 
How did you come to know Christ? I trusted Christ as a pre-teen. It was July 4th
, 1981 and my Pastor, Daniel Messer, led me to Christ at an Independence Day family cookout. I still remember the day I met Him, the day I heard Him cry out my name—Praise God for His Great Salvation!
 

What is your favorite bible verse?

I have many but one of my favorites is Philippians 1:21—“For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” I desire to have this same attitude to desire Christ over all other things!
What is your favorite food?
Pizza…by far. I believe it is food from heaven—thin crust of course (it’s healthier, right?)
 
What is your favorite music?
I listen to Christian music (are you surprised?) My favorite artists are Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Big Daddy Weave, Gold City, the Gaithers, and have grown to love “Let it Go” from the Disney movie Frozen. 
 
What are your favorite hobbies?
I spend my off time with family, usually doing family things. Next to my salvation, my bride and family are the greatest gifts that I have. I love sports (football, baseball, and basketball) and enjoy fishing. I like to run and enjoy a good movie too! 
 
What is your favorite part about ministry?
I live to see people transformed by the life-giving power of Jesus Christ. My favorite part of ministry is seeing people come to know Christ and take steps in obedience, following Christ. 
Rev. Josh Meredith
Associate Pastor Worship/Discipleship
 
Josh and his wife, Rachel, are new to Leesburg. They lived in Birmingham, AL for 15 years, beginning with their days at Samford University. Josh earned a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music and then served for ten years as a worship pastor in three Birmingham-area churches (twice as an interim and seven years at Philadelphia Baptist). He and Rachel joined The Church at Brook Hills in 2012 and, in 2014, were commissioned by that church and its pastor at the time, David Platt, to serve as cross-cultural missionaries/church planters in metro NYC. They spent two years there as a part of a team sowing gospel seeds among South Asians.  At the conclusion of their term, they began to seek the Lord about where (and in what capacity) to serve next. On April 9th of this year, God brought them here. They are so glad to be a part of the 1BL family and are excited about the work the Lord is doing in and through this body.
 
Rachel is a NICU nurse at Phoebe. She and Josh have been blessed with three beautiful children: Hayden (11), Hudson (8), and Hannah (6). You’re welcome to call them H1, H2, and H3.
Missy Newsome
Children’s and Preschool Director
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As a servant of the Lord, I will strive to seek God’s daily wisdom on how to reach boys and girls with the gospel of Christ, minister to their families, encourage my pastor, and support those around me. I want to use my God given talents to enrich not only First Baptist Church, Leesburg, GA, but also the Kingdom of God.

 

 
Dennis Taylor
Youth Pastor
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Tina Martin
Executive Secretary
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Denise Hatcher
Financial Secretary
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Debbie Owen
Communication Coordinator
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