First Baptist Staff & Leadership

The staff and leadership here at First Baptist is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.

  • Marc Rhodes

    Lead Pastor

    Marc Rhodes has been the lead pastor since 1991. For the past 25 years the Lord has blessed the church with great growth and many coming to Christ for salvation. He and his wife Janna have six children and ten grandchildren. Some of his hobbies include: fishing, camping, four-wheeling and spending time with his wife and family. He also enjoys writing daily devotionals that you can find on his Facebook profile below.


  • Jeff Rhodes

    Associate Pastor

    Jeff accepted the Pastorate of the Bethel Baptist Church in Manistique, Michigan in 1985, and served for eight years before coming to the First Baptist Church of Brevard in 1993, as Associate Pastor. He served as school administrator for Wade Christian Academy for nine years before becoming the director of the Best Years Club Senior's group. He and his wife Karen have five children, one of which serves as a missionary in Ghana, West Africa. They have 9 grandchildren.


  • DevAn Hall

    Children's ministry

    Devan and Ameleigh married on December 21, 2019. Devan is our Children's Ministry Pastor and AWANA director. He also teaches High School Bible at Wade Christian Academy where his wife teaches high school English and grammar.


  • Ed Buchanan

    Elevation ministry // WCA Academic Dean

    Ed and his wife Roberta have been faithful members of First Baptist Church since 2005. Ed is an Air Force veteran who, upon his retirement from the service, served as the Wade Christian Academy School Administrator for seven years. He continues to serve in our Christian school as Academic Dean. In 2019, Ed and Roberta began working full-time with our Elevation singles ministry. The Buchanans have been married for 38 years and have two daughters: Nicole & Hannah.


  • Webster rhodes

    StudentLife ministry // wca athletic director

    Webster Rhodes joined the church staff in January of 2016. He and his wife Anna have two children. Webster has a desire and love for our youth of today and is always there to help where needed in their lives. He is also the Athletic Director for Wade Christian Academy and the head Varsity Basketball coach. 


  • Michael croy

    outreach and community connections

    Michael came to work here in the summer of 2017. He has been a tremendous blessing in that short time span. He directs our children's choirs and serves as the leader in our outreach ministries and connection groups. When you visit, be prepared to hear directly from Michael as he seeks to help our church body better connect together. He is married to Jimena and they have one child.


  • jody dye

    chief financial secretary // office manager

    Jody came to work on staff in 2012 as our office manager and financial secretary. She is a motorhead and enjoys auto racing, especially NASCAR, and also spending time with her husband (which she claims is a close second). 


  • Al hess

    counseling ministry // legacy giving

    Al Hess has been on staff since Resurrection Sunday in 1997. He founded our chapter of Reformers Unanimous and has worked very closely with our outreach to the assisted living communities in our area. He enjoys spending time with his wife Nancy of 45 years. Reading the Bible, studying God's Word, and reaching others for Christ are his heartbeat and what he enjoys doing the most.