John Carroll

Rev. John Carroll, Pastor

John has served as the pastor of our church since January of 2013 after receiving his Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University School of Divinity in December of 2012. Originally from Waynesboro, Georgia, John received his Bachelors in Christianity from Mercer University in 2005.

John has served in various ministry positions in the church, the non-profit world, and global missions. He has been an interim youth minister and a pastoral assistant for community engagement and disciple formation. He has also started a homeless ministry in college, engaged in tsunami relief work in Indonesia after the 2004 Southeast Asia Tsunami, and worked as an assistant building coordinator with the Macon Area Habitat for Humanity. From 2007 to 2009, John served alongside his wife, Casey, as field personnel with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Southeast Asia working with a clean water project.

John’s work and volunteer experience speak to his passion for justice, reconciliation, and holistic communities, but he is also captivated by other, more pedestrian, interests– he loves running, cooking, reading, carpentry, and cups of coffee sipped on a back porch. John and Casey were married in 2006. Casey has recently earned her Master in Social Work through a joint program with UNC Greensboro and N.C. A&T.

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Angela ZimmermanRev. Angela Zimmerman, Minister of Music and Associate Pastor

Angela began serving as Minister of Music and Associate Pastor in the fall of 2014. Her primary responsibility is to provide leadership to the music ministry of the church as Organist/Director, but also provides leadership in our Children’s Ministry.

The daughter of a Baptist minister, Angela is a graduate of Tift College (now part of Mercer University) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where she earned a Master of Music degree with a concentration in Church Music. She was ordained to the ministry in 2008 in acknowledgement and affirmation of her church leadership and pastoral care.

Angela is married to Steve, also a minister and founding partner of the Barnabas Partnership, a church consulting group. She and Steve are the parents of two grown daughters.

Piano teacher, bank teller, church pianist, church organist, community college instructor, full time mom, as well as Minister of Music are all titles that Angela has carried. She also enjoys reading, day trips, and choosing the road less traveled.

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Debra Purvis, Financial Assistant

Tammy Vaughn, Administrative Assistant

Sherman Ransom, Sexton

Dot Walker, Housekeeper


Joshua Hearne

Joshua D. Hearne, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Field Personnel

Joshua (Josh) Hearne served First Baptist Church as     Associate Pastor from June of 2008 until June of 2012. After a process of ministerial discernment, Josh felt God calling him to serve among the homeless and nearly homeless of Danville,VA through the ministries of Grace and Main Fellowship and Third Chance Ministries. First Baptist Church was honored to participate in the commissioning of Josh and Jessica, his wife, as CBF Field Personnel at the 2012 CBF General Assembly. The Hearnes now serve among people living in poverty in Southside Virginia, a community with twice the poverty and unemployment of the rest of the state. They work with and among those most in need in Danville to meet needs, develop leaders, advocate for justice and share Christ’s love.

A graduate of Duke Divinity School, Josh holds a Master of Divinity with a certificate in Baptist studies. Josh has also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky.

Josh is married to Jessica, a local third grade teacher, whom he met while they were students at Georgetown.