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Blake Kersey

Lead Pastor

Blake has served as the Pastor at First Baptist since July 2014.  Blake has a passion for teaching God’s Word and helping people apply it to their lives.  His desire is to lead by example as FBC strives to reach people far from God and make disciples of all people.


He previously served in children’s ministry at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama and First Baptist Church in Trussville, Alabama.  Before coming to Decatur, Blake served as the Associate Pastor to Families at FBC Trussville.


Blake was born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky…and his blood still runs blue for his Kentucky Wildcats!  He moved to Alabama to attend Samford University and then Beeson Divinity School.  He graduated with his Doctorate of Ministry in May 2013 from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

While Blake loves serving as a pastor, he often reminds the congregation, that his higher calling is to be the best husband to Lindsey and father to Noah (10), Anna Reese (7), and John (4) that he can be.  At this stage in his life, he wants to spend most of his free time with his family.  

Our Team


Garth Lindsay

Associate Pastor

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Cheryl Goss

Director of Women's Ministry


Elizabeth Carter

Pastoral Care and Missions Associate

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Debbie Bishop

Ministry Assistant


Amelia Rowell

Communication Director


Karen Allen



Matt Rouse

Minister of Music

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Owen Meadows

Minister to Students


Jonathan Freeman

Minister to Children


Austin Dupper

Student Ministry Associate

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Hunter Mason

Worship Associate


Madeline Stephenson

Director of Finance


Stephen Mishalanie

Recreation Director and I.T.

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Teresa Letson

Church Street Academy Director


Seth King

Evangelism & Outreach Pastor


Vickie Allaway

Director of Preschool Ministries


Doug Farris

Children & Music Associate


Suzy Baggett

Executive Assistant to the Pastor


Debbie Alexander

Accounting Assistant

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Jacob Mishalanie

A/V Director


Jennifer Farris

School of Fine Arts Director

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