Rev. Scott Dickison
A pastor friend of mine once told me that he knew he had found the right church when he realized he would choose to be a member there even if he wasn’t the pastor. I knew immediately what he meant because First Baptist is that place for me and my family.
First Baptist is a place of great warmth, grace, vitality and love. We are thrilled to call it our church home and I am honored to serve as pastor.
I came to First Baptist in the fall of 2012 from Dallas, Texas, where I served as a pastoral resident at Wilshire Baptist Church. Before that I also served churches in Massachusetts and North Carolina. After graduating from Wake Forest University, I served for two years in the Mississippi Delta as an AmeriCorps volunteer at West Tallahatchie County Habitat for Humanity. I’ve also received my MDiv from Harvard Divinity School and completed a unit of CPE at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
Among my biggest spiritual influences are Fred Craddock, Henri Nouwen, Frederick Buechner, Paul Tillich, Flannery O’Connor, Annie Dillard and a constellation of current and former colleagues and my family. I love good coffee (and all the accouterments that come with it) Sacred Harp music, Wake Forest athletics, Chicago Cubs baseball and puttering in the yard. For me, ministry and church are most exciting when we open ourselves to the "breadth and length and height and depth" of God's presence and love, and come to see it within our world, our neighbor, and even ourselves. When we're at our best, First Baptist is a place and people where this happens.
My wife Audrey and I grew up in church together in Charlotte, North Carolina and were married in 2008. Audrey is an artist and works for a studio based out of North Carolina. We have three young sons, Billy, Sidney, and Mac.
Rev. Julie Long
Associate Pastor and Minister of Children and Families
I first came to First Baptist as a college student at Mercer University, looking for a place that could be home away from home. What I found was a community of faith in which I became known and loved and challenged. I made friends ranging in age from preschool to their 80s. I learned from faithful people who were not afraid to ask hard questions about the Bible and their faith. I was welcomed into peoples’ lives and served home-cooked meals around their dinner tables. I was mentored by adults who love children and wanted to create a place where they belong.
All of these things drew me back to First Baptist in 2004 as I finished seminary at the McAfee School of Theology. Now, my own children are finding their place in this wonderful family of faith, a place where they are also known and loved and challenged. Let it be that place for your family, too!
Dr. Jody Long
Minister of Missions and Students
For more than a decade, I’ve called FBCX Macon home. I was ordained at FBCX in November 2004; I presided over the funeral service for my father in November 2004; I’ve walked its center aisle to be declare my deepest love for my wife, Julie, as we married in July 2005; both of my children, Merrill and John Thomas, were dedicated in worship.
Each week, I lead our church’s missions endeavors and work with our students from Middle School through Graduate School. From mission trips to retreats, service projects to Bible studies, hospitality to pastoral care, I find my calling as a minister among some of the dearest saints around.
I am a coveted “Triple Bear” — I have three degrees from Mercer University, each from a different college within the university: BA in Christianity from the College of Liberal Arts; MDiv from the McAfee School of Theology; and, PhD in Educational Leadership from the Tift College of Education. In all my spare time, I love reading, watching sports, jogging, and, most of all, playing with my children, both of whom love to laugh, be tickled, and receive zerbers from their Daddy!
Yes, FBCX Macon is home for me and my family. I hope you’ll get to know the good people and explore the good work of the Gospel at this sacred place. I hope this church family can become home for you, too!
Dr. Stanley Roberts
Minister of Music
My greatest source of joy is making music! It is my profession as well as my hobby and music provides the vehicle through which I minister. Serving as minister of music at First Baptist is far more than a vocation for it allows me to collaborate with a talented community of artists who love the music of the church and understand the power of music in worship. Music is powerful. It expresses both joy and grief. It is a vehicle for hope, and gives wings for the deep groanings of the soul. First Baptist has been a wonderful home for my wife, Marie, and me since we arrived here in 1992. Eventually two boys (Blake and Beau) came our way and from the nursery to their present experience in Youth ministry and beyond, they have been nurtured at every step with love and grace. In my spare time, I am Director of Choral Studies at Mercer University (’84 alum) and a baseball/football dad. I love college football (I hope to grow up to be a college football coach), attending Mercer University musical and sporting events, working in my yard, and traveling both domestically and abroad.
It has been my great joy to serve here at First Baptist ever since I was a Wesleyan student in 1980. I feel very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful music program under Stanley Roberts' leadership, and to be part of this warm and vibrant church community. When I am not playing the organ or piano, I love to spend time with my daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Evan Pitman. In my spare time, I am a passionate birder, and also volunteer with various conservation projects throughout the state.
I'm Ida Ford and my job as custodian allows me to make sure that our buildings and facilities are ready for the many meetings and times of fellowship that happen here. I've been involved in custodial work for years, working with several different businesses and hotel chains. I'm a proud mother and grandmother and enjoy being with family and friends in my free time.
Food Service Coordinator
My job as Facilities Manager is to keep the buildings and equipment running. Our buildings were built between 1887 and 1960, so we have all the issues present in older buildings. I also serve as the financial administrator for our church. I see my job as problem solving today and as preservation for future generations to enjoy. My wife, Mary Jane, and I have been members here since 1987 and have raised two great kids here, Sara and Jonathan, who are now out conquering the world.
Custodian and Church Cook
I'm Dexter Jones and I've been a part of this church for as my family are all members here. I began working at FBCX in 2014 as custodian and church cook. I've spent many years cooking for various restaurants around Macon before coming to FBCX. In my free time, I enjoy cooking for family and friends and hanging out with my wife, Yumiko, and two children, Christina and Hiro.
I am Pam Pilcher, and I have been the Church Secretary at FBCX since October of 2006. My position on the church staff is to do just what I love to do…meet and greet both members and visitors to our church office both by phone and at our walk-up window in the front office. An interesting fact is that I also worked here 35 years ago (when I was just a babe), as a part-time secretary as well. Having retired from Mercer University in 2002, it is my joy to be back and working with this great group of staff members. I am happily married to Bill Pilcher (since 1970), and we have one married daughter and one granddaughter who all reside in Macon.
Church Membership Secretary
My name is Connie Pursiful and I am the church membership secretary. I have been at FBCX since 2004 and worked in the office since 2013. My husband, Darrell, and I spend most of our time trying to keep up with our daughter, Rebecca. I also enjoy reading mysteries, knitting, and being the “craft lady” at Vacation Bible School.