Kaylan Cobb

What would you like for the First Baptist family to know about you?
I have been a part of the Faith Family since birth. I am a freshman at Eastern Kentucky University, where I am majoring in nursing. I have felt a calling towards worship ministry since my freshman year of high school, and have been given many opportunities to lead youth and adults in worship at First Baptist.
What do you perceive your role to be as a member of the Search Committee?
As a member of the search committee, I perceive my role as being able to give insight through the perspective of a worship leader, and speak for my generation, while maintaining the identity and traditions of First Baptist Church.
How are you currently serving First Baptist?
I am currently serving First Baptist as a worship leader on fifth Sundays, and any other times I am needed to fill in. I am also involved in the FBC college ministry, where I also lead worship periodically.
How will your spiritual gifts enhance the Committee’s mission in finding a pastor?
My spiritual gifts are encouragement, discernment, and the ability to lead worship. I believe these gifts will enhance the search team by providing insight and wisdom as the team discerns who God has called to be the next worship pastor at First Baptist.        
What motivates you to serve on the Search Committee?
I am excited for the opportunity to serve on the Search Committee because I will be able to continue using my gifts for God’s glory, all while helping the team find the perfect fit for First Baptist.

ginni fair

What would you like for the First Baptist family to know about you?
My professional job is Dean of the College of Education at Northern Kentucky University. I’ve held leadership positions in various roles (in Fayette County Schools, Model Lab, EKU) for over 20 years. In the course of my professional work, I’ve served on dozens of peer evaluation teams and search committees. My favorite jobs, though, are that of wife and mother. My best friend/husband (Jason Fair) and I celebrated 25 years of marriage this past summer and we are parents of 4 animated and busy teenagers: Chase, Kalli, Kenedee, and Jenna.
What do you perceive your role to be as a member of the Search Committee?
If elected to the Search Committee, I will advocate that the candidate demonstrate the following priorities:
  1. First, to situate the “minister” element of the position as primary in importance. The individual who is called to serve must be a Christ-follower who is theologically grounded and who serves the church body out of abundance of love for the Lord. A record of leadership through ministry is important.
  2. Second, to incorporate and promote worship in such a way that worshippers recognize and respond to God’s glory.
  3. Finally, to steward and leverage the church body’s creative gifts and talents. A music minister should help church members identify, grow, and share their musical gifts. 
How are you currently serving First Baptist?
I have been an active member of FBC since 1988. My family actually moved to FBC at that time so that, as a youth, I had access to music ministry opportunities. Over the years, I have served on multiple committees (e.g., Long Range Planning, Nominating (Chair), Music Council), have taught Sunday School, worked with the Student Vocal Band, etc. I’ve been in multiple ensembles and choirs. I currently serve on three praise teams.
 How will your spiritual gifts enhance the Committee’s mission in finding a pastor?
I do have an understanding of music, but I also understand leaders. I have quite a bit of experience in evaluation, interviewing, and discernment. I have a strong collaborative nature but am an independent thinker.
What motivates you to serve on the Search Committee? 
I’ve been praying for some time about the music ministry at FBC. I’m invested in the work, because my own spiritual walk is strongly influenced and enhanced by music. If my church peers believe that my skills and experience are a good match for this committee, I would be honored to serve.

mendi goble

What would you like for the First Baptist family to know about you?
I have been a member of FBR since 2004 shortly after moving to Richmond.  I am married to Jerry Goble and together we have 5 children, all of which have grown up at this church.  I have been a Christian since I was 8 years old.  I attended Warner Southern College in Lake Wales, Florida which is a small Christian college.  My parents were in ministry my whole life, so I have grown up with a strong Godly foundation.
What do you perceive your role to be as a member of the Search Committee?
First and foremost is to assist in finding someone to fill the position as Music Minister, a Godly man who is led by God’s spirit and wants nothing more than to glorify God in all their endeavors. I see this group spending a lot of time in prayer as we seek to discover God’s will.
How are you currently serving First Baptist?
Team Captain for the Connection Center as part of the Engage Team.  I coordinated all the food efforts this year for VBS.  I am currently serving as a back-up for any of the praise teams when needed.
How will your spiritual gifts enhance the Committee’s mission in finding a pastor?
My main spiritual gift is that of hospitality so I think I bring a sense of welcoming to someone who would be considering our church.      
What motivates you to serve on the Search Committee?
I realize the importance of music and how it shapes the culture of a church.  I love all types of music and would love to use my gifts in this way.

John Hurt

What would you like for the First Baptist family to know about you?
Christ follower, husband, and dad
What do you perceive your role to be as a member of the Search Committee? 
To collectively, with other members of the committee, seek to find the person God has planned to lead the music.
How are you currently serving First Baptist?
Serve currently in the music department, filling in and leading if needed
Help lead and organize small group “2:42”
How will your spiritual gifts enhance the Committee’s mission in finding a pastor?
Knowledge and previous music leading experience can help lead search for right person
What motivates you to serve on the Search Committee?
I care about this faith family and the direction it will go under the Spirit’s leading. Music and it’s impact on worship is very important to me.

Kelley McBride

What would you like for the First Baptist family to know about you?
I became a Christian at a young age primarily because of two specific influences: my Christian parents (Dorlan and Ruby Grimes) and the spiritual education I received from this congregation.  First Baptist remains the church where I am called to serve, worship, and fellowship. Music and Girls in Action have been in my heart my whole life.  I participated in the graded choir programs from childhood to adulthood. I spent many hours at Cedarmore--both as a camper and as a member of the summer missions “Son Teams.”  Although I eventually studied public relations, for a time I was a music major at EKU where I was a member of various auditioned vocal ensembles.  I currently sing with the Lexington Singers.
For the past two years I have been the Public Information Officer at the Madison County Health Department, communicating with the public and media.  My previous position at the county Emergency Management gave me experience in crisis communication.  My husband Jody and I have two grown sons.
What do you perceive your role to be as a member of the Search Committee? 
We read in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 that individual believers form one body of Christ.  Members of committees are living examples of this scripture.  In past committee service (Nominating Committee, Minister of Music Search Committee, and Youth Minister Search Committee) I have witnessed individuals with differing opinions pray and work together in unity under the leadership of Christ.  Seeking the Lord’s wisdom, guidance, and confirmation--in unity with fellow committee members-- is the best way to operate.  My role will be to remain submitted to the Holy Spirit and serve fellow committee members.
How are you currently serving First Baptist?
For the past five years I have been a teacher to the 4th & 5th Girls in Action classes. I am currently on the Long-Range Planning Committee, and I am part of the Jane Russell Boyd Women on Mission group. My Sunday School class is Family Ties

devon price

What would you like for the First Baptist family to know about you? 
I am married to the love of my life, Rita Price.  I have 2 amazing children who have grown into outstanding adults, Abby Hurt and Alex Price. I also now have a great son-in-law, Jason Hurt. I have been attending FBC for over 20 years and have been a member here for a long time. I am a local business owner and I love living in Richmond.   I believe have a fundamental understanding of the “behind-the-scenes” operations and the complexities involved in making the Worship part of each service.
What do you perceive your role to be as a member of the Search Committee? 
I want to be able to make sure we, as a committee, seek out the person God already has for us. I would want to bring an understanding to the committee of the actual processes that is required each week.  FBC membership is made up of a wide-spread and diverse faith family. I would go into this with an understanding of how complex it could be if we seek to satisfy everyone’s opinion of what our new Worship Pastor would be like.  I want to be a reminder that it isn’t our opinion, desires or personal preferences in music that matter, but that God’s message is expressed through the music ministry and that he is praised and worshiped in the process. I want to convey and keep in mind that Worship is about the words that are sang, no matter the style. I also want to be a reminder that we must grow and must reach people that are very different from us. We must offer something to everyone who enters our doors or hears us online/broadcast.
How are you currently serving First Baptist? 
I am entering my eleventh year of working with the youth band and have been playing on Praise Teams for nearly 10 years.  I have experience in all aspects of the music and technical service at FBC and have helped in everything from broadcast directing (in the past) to running the sound board. I serve on 4 of the 5 current Praise Teams, playing bass, acoustic guitar, electric/lead guitar, or drums.
How will your spiritual gifts enhance the Committee’s mission in finding a pastor? 
I have a gift of communication and empathy. I always try to see the other side and hear out someone’s opinion.  I think a committee is a great place for such gifts. I also think my spiritual gift is music and musicianship and feel that, obviously, that would be useful to such a committee.        
What motivates you to serve on the Search Committee?  
I feel like because of my understanding and experience with the music at FBC I would have valuable input and offer insight that would be useful to selecting a new music pastor.  I have served with and under many different people and personalities and am motivated to find the right person for FBC.

bill wright

What would you like for the First Baptist family to know about you?
I am married to Vicky, and we have a son Christopher, daughter-in-law Lauren and two grandchildren, Thomas and Bailey. We have been a members of FBC since November 2016
What do you perceive your role to be as a member of the Search Committee?
I have served in local church ministry for many years, four years as Youth/Music Minister and thirty-six as lead/senior pastor. This experience in study of, planning and leading worship could contribute to the team’s task of determining God’s will for FBC’s future leadership in worship.
How are you currently serving First Baptist?
I am currently serving on the FBC Staff as Director of Senior Adult Ministries and I lead a Grow Group on Sundays.
How will your spiritual gifts enhance the Committee’s mission in finding a pastor?
I would say my answer to question two applies here as well.
What motivates you to serve on the Search Committee? 
I pray that the search process will be used of God to direct us to the person who will lead us to worship our Lord in spirit and truth as a way of life and in our gatherings. Therefore, the most important concern is that God will speak through the church body with regard to the formation of the Search Committee. I am willing to serve if that is the conviction of the body.