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 (7), Anna Reese (4), and John (1) that he can be.  At this stage in his life, he wants to spend most of his free time with his family.  

Our Team


Matt Rouse

Minister of Music


Garth Lindsay

Associate Pastor


Caroline Hammond

Associate Minister to Students

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Vanessa Cleveland


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Teresa Letson

Church Street Academy Director

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Cheryl Goss

Women's Ministry Director


Seth King

Minister to Students


Doug Farris

Children and Music Associate


Austin Dupper

College and Middle School Minister


Andrea Williamson

School of Fine Arts Director


Debbie Alexander

Accounting Assistant


Suzy Baggett

Assistant to the Pastor


Jonathan Freeman

Minister to Children


Vickie Allaway

Director of Preschool

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Debbie Bishop

Ministry Assistant

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Terri Howard



Elizabeth Carter

Pastoral Care and Missions Associate


Stephen Mishalanie

Recreation Director and I.T.