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

Stephen Mishalanie

Recreation Director and I.T.

Caroline Hammond

Associate Minister to Students

Vanessa Cleveland


Teresa Letson

Church Street Academy Director

Cheryl Goss

Women's Ministry Director

Seth King

Minister to Students

Doug Farris

Children and Music Associate

Suzy Baggett

Assistant to the Pastor

Andrea Williamson

School of Fine Arts Director

Debbie Alexander

Accounting Assistant

Garth Lindsay

Associate Pastor

Vickie Allaway

Director of Preschool

Debbie Bishop

Ministry Assistant

Terri Howard


Elizabeth Carter

Pastoral Care and Missions Associate