Staff

FBC Staff

Dr. Jonathan RussellSenior Pastor

Jonathan became the pastor of First Baptist in January of 2017. A native of Arkansas, he came to faith in Christ at age 9. He began to preach in 1993, and, in the summer of 1994, began to serve as interim pastor of a small church in Hope, Arkansas. He became their pastor in 1995, when he was a junior in high school. Jonathan moved to Mississippi in 1997 and served on a church staff as an associate pastor, later assuming the pastorate of the church. Most recently, Jonathan was the pastor of Raymond Road Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi, which he led for 10 years before moving to Milton to serve as pastor of FBC.

Jonathan received an undergraduate degree from Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, Mississippi. He then enrolled at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Theology (ThM), and a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD).

In 1999, Jonathan married Mandy, a native of Mississippi. They have two children, Jake and Cam.

Randy Jackson Associate Pastor, Minister of Discpleship & Missions

Born in Athens, Georgia, Randy grew up in the small town of Maysville, Georgia. He accepted Christ as Savior at the age of eleven.

Randy holds a B.A. in Jornalism from the University of Georgia and Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently studying toward a Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Randy met his wife, Kathy, while studying at New Orleans Seminary. Together, they served 18 years overseas with the International Mission Board and as humanitarian workers in Central Asia. Before that, Randy served as pastor of churches in Tennessee and Louisiana. Randy and Kathy have four children: Kevin, Sean, Julie and Hannah Grace. Randy has served as Associate Pastor, Minister of Discipleship & Missions at First Baptist Milton since January 1, 2017.

Kenneth H. Martin Minister of Music & Worship

Kenneth Martin is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Charleston Southern University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. After college he moved to Fort Worth, Texas to do graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Music degree. While living in Texas, he met and married his wife, Kristi. The two have three wonderful children: Molli, Beau and Jackson. Kenneth has served churches in South Carolina, Texas and most recently, here in Florida where he was called to serve as Minister of Music and Worship in February of 2005

Bo MillsMinister to Students

Bo Mills was called to serve First Milton in June of 2012. Having been born and raised in Alabama, Bo accepted Christ as his Savior and Lord at age 13. He holds a B.S. Degree in Finance from The University of Mobile and a M.A. in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Bo has been in Student Ministry since 1994.

Bo and his wife, Chantel, have known one another since high school. They dated through college and were married in 1995. They have three children. The Mills family has a passion for seeing teenagers connect with God and other believers. You can find more information about Bo by checking out his Facebook page.

Elaine GillisChildren's Ministry Director

Elaine Gillis was born and raised in Florida. She accepted Christ at the age of 9 at Jay First Baptist Church. She attended Samford University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. Elaine joined the fellowship of First Baptist in 1995. While serving as pianist, Elaine met and married her husband, Greg. The two have 3 children and a grandson, Luke. Elaine was called to serve as Director of Children's Ministries in February 2009.

Bob LoweChurch Administrator

Bob Lowe is a native of Pembroke, Massachusetts and a graduate of Silver Lake High School. Bob served in the United States Navy from January 1982 until June 2002. Upon his retirement from the Navy, Bob began serving as Milton First's Church Administrator.

Bob and Gail were married in Gail's hometown of Vancleave, Mississippi in December 1983 while Bob was stationed at the Shipyard in Pascagoula. During their time in the Navy, they were stationed in Virginia, Korea, and Florida to name a few. They have two sons Zack and Zane and a daughter, Zoe', who is married to Britt, and together are the parents of Bentley, Bob and Gail's precious grandson.

Bob received a Bachelor of Science degree from Troy State University in 1999. Gail loves her job as a Behavioral Coach for the Santa Rosa County School system. In their spare time, Bob and Gail love enjoy spending time loving on their grandson, grilling out with the family, and Starbucks (Gail).

Support Staff

Beverly BassettFront Desk Supervisor

Gene ClarkFinancial Assistant

Debbie BassettNursery & Food Services Coordinator

Susan GrinsteadPublications Secretary

Philip WarrDirector of Facilities Maintenance

Elbert JacksonFacilities Assistant

John NolanFacilities Assistant