We welcome Dr. Wayne Brown as our Interim Pastor. Dr. and Mrs. Brown have two grown daughters and 3 grandchildren. He and his wife, Joy, have been in the ministry together since they were married in the late ’60s. He has served in churches as pastor, associate pastor, minister of music, minister of education and youth, and minister of youth and college ministries. They have been serving churches as interim pastor since 2013. Mrs. Brown is a published author, a motivational speaker at retreats and conferences, and an interpreter for the deaf.
The Browns founded DIVERSIFIED MINISTRIES, based in South Carolina, as an outreach ministry for missions, evangelism, encouragement, and the production of Christian literature, locally, nationally, and globally. They use diverse methods – to reach diverse people – who have diverse needs – as a BRIDGE for Building Relationships Individually Domestically Globally Evangelistically.
We invite you to visit with us and Dr. and Mrs. Brown every Sunday morning for worship at 11:00 a.m. and Wednesday evenings for Bible study at 6:30 p.m.
Eddie Fort began his ministry as Minister of Music at First Baptist Whiteville in August 2004. With over forty years of music ministry experience he has served churches in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Kentucky. He and his wife Robin are natives of Georgia. Both hold masters degrees in church music with emphasis in vocal performance. Responsibilities at First Baptist include planning, promoting and implementing the total music ministry. Eddie personally directs the Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, Chancel Choir, and Youth and Adult Handbell Choir. Worship planning and implementation is one of Eddie’s strengths. He also shares in staff responsibilities which include hospital visitation, weddings, and ministering during times of crisis and bereavement. Eddie has been a member of the Century Men, an auditioned men’s chorus of Baptist ministers since 1984. Eddie has served on the faculty of Music Week at Caswell sponsored by the Music and Worship Team of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He has also served on the faculty of Children’s Music Camps in Georgia, Florida, and here in Whiteville. In his spare time, Eddie enjoys gardening, painting and music composition.
Teresa Malpass started her ministry at First Baptist Church in late October of 2016. She was born and raised in Tennessee, and married into the Delco, NC area in 1993. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology was earned at Tennessee Temple University. She has worked in church ministry for 30+ years as Sunday School teacher, Bible Time teacher, children’s music leader, pianist, flutist, choir member, and church secretary. She and her husband, Kenny, and their 3 adult children are long-time members of Faith Baptist Church in Delco. In her free time, she enjoys playing flute with the New Horizons Band in Wilmington, learning new technology/software, playing softball, and “hanging out with the family”.
Dinah Reaves began serving First Baptist Church as Financial Ministry Assistant on March 31, 2008. She and her husband Wayne are lifelong residents of Columbus County and raised children, Melissa, Wesley, and Clay on their fourth generation family farm. Dinah enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and gardening.