Together we are a community of believers. What does that mean, the word community? We believe that together in fellowship we grow closer to God and one another (Prov. 27:17). The Bible speaks about iron sharpening iron. We believe that together we grow stronger. We are a community of believers. 


We strive to be a church without walls. Jesus calls for us to go outside the walls to reach the lost and the broken. It is there that the lost will be found. Most churches find it is comfortable to stay within the walls, but we make it an effort to be like the church from the book of Acts, to see our city changed.


We highly value our relationships with one another. We look to grow through fellowship, and ultimately growing closer to God. We value the word of God, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We look to extend grace to all of the lost and broken, and lead those with no hope to the hope of Jesus Christ.



At First Baptist Church Pinehurst, our mission is simply to lead people to love Jesus!


To love the lord our God with all our strength, mind, heart and soul. To love one another. To tell the world of Jesus and His love. To serve God by caring for others. To encourage Christian growth in our lives.


We highly value our relationships with one another. We look to KNOW Jesus and to CONNECT with each other. That is why GROW through fellowship, and ultimately growing closer to God. We value the word of God, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We look to extend grace to all the lost and broken and GO to lead those with no hope to the hope of Jesus Christ.



Founded in June of 2002, First Baptist Church of Pinehurst, Inc. (FBCP) was established as a mission church in under the joint sponsorship of First Baptist Church of Aberdeen (FBCA) First Baptist Church of Southern Pines (FBCSP) The Sandhills Baptist Association (SBA) and the Baptist State Convention (BSC).


It was a vision of Dr. J. Billy Graham to have a mission church to serve Pinehurst and the surrounding area and In early 2000, a mission steering committee of multiple churches in the area and Billy Graham set out to explore the possiblity of planting a church in Pinehurst.


In 2001, a core group of members from area churches began meeting and praying together in mutiple sites around town. Membership quickly grew and on June 9, 2002 the first worship service of First Baptist Church of Pinehurst was atteneded by 69 people.


By 2004, membership had grown so rapidly that land was purchased and a building was built just outside Pinewild. In March of 2006, the facility for First Baptist Church of Pinehurst was dedicated. 


Over the years, First Baptist Church of Pinehurst has continued to grow and each period of growth has brought expanded programs in Sunday School, Children and Student Programs, Missions, Sunday Worship, and much more. 


We can't wait to see what God has next!


Kevin Garner

Student & Young Adult Pastor

How Long At FBCP: Kevin began serving FBCP in 2005.

Family: Married Amy December 2001, Stephen (16) Campbell (7).

Education: Masters of Christian Studies Southeastern Baptist Seminary;  Bachelor of Arts in Religion UNC Pembroke.

Ministry Experience: Kevin has served at FBC Pinehurst since 2005.

Likes: Golf, Coaching Football & Baseball, Grilling Steaks and Corn on the Cob.

Favorite Bible Story: God sends fire from heaven 1 Kings 18.

Steven Wilson

Children's  & Senior Adult Pastor

How Long At FBCP: Steven began serving FBCP in 2019.


Family: Married to Denise for 24 years and have 3 children, Justin (23, Married to Morgan), Ryan (17), and Lily (15).


Education: BS in Elementary Education and Masters in School Administration and Curriculum Instruction.


Ministry Experience: Served as Children's Pastor at Freedom Baptist Church in Rockingham, NC for 3 years, First Baptist Church in New Castle, DE for 5 years and currently at FBC Pinehurst.  


Likes: Family time, Travel, Game Nights, Cooking and Pampered Chef.


Favorite Bible Story: The story of Jonah.


Russell Rowland

Music & Mission's Pastor

How Long at FBCP: Russell began serving FBCP in 2020.


Family: Married to Tammy for 32 years (we were high school sweethearts!). We have four kids, three of which are married, and our baby is in college.


Education: Bachelor of Music - Union University, Jackson, TN – 1989; Masters of Religious Ed. – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – Ft. Worth, TX – 1997.


Ministry: We have served churches in TX, TN, MO, KY, LA, and now NC. Areas of ministry include Education, Media, Music, Worship, and Senior Adults.


Likes: Time with my family, hunting, cooking (especially the grill and the smoker). I’m a lousy golfer, but I love to play. Love Krispy Kreme (I mean donuts are so much better in a flat box!). I’m a coffee-a-holic! Several cups a day and really prefer my beans from Central America. Yep, I’ve even roasted my own beans a few times!


Favorite Bible Story: Abraham and Isaac.  But I want to read the parts that were left out.  Like, what happened when they got home and Isaac said, “Mom, guess what dad planned to do to me!”


Jesse Hentzell

Church Office Administrator

How Long At FBCP: Jesse began serving in 2020.


Family: Married to Candice for 10 years; Elizabeth (16), Kaylee (11), and Ashlynn (9).


Education: BS in Business Administration-Charleston Southern University 2014, Master of Divinity, Liberty University 2020.


Ministry Experience: Serves as AWANA Director at Seven Lakes Baptist Church and served in mens ministry at Charleston AFB for 7 years.


Likes: Family time, kyaking, hiking, and cooking.


Favorite Bible Story: The story of Jonah. A great reminder how you can never hide from God and His will for your life!

Harriet Williams

Church Pianst

Family: Married Derick in 2001; have five children.


Education: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology 1997.


Ministry Experience: Served as pianist, worship leader, and music director in Okinawa, Japan; North Carolina, and Virginia.


Likes: Baking, nature trails, puzzles.


Favorite Bible Story: Micaiah (1 Kings 22)