FBC Fairhope Staff

Dr Eric Hankins, Senior Pastor
Email:   ehankins [at]

Dr. Hankins started his ministry at First Baptist Fairhope December 1, 2016. He comes to First Baptist Fairhope from FBC Oxford Mississippi where he served as Pastor for 12 years. He is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Dr. Hankins has served churches in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and now Alabama. He is a graduate of Louisiana College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary ( M.Div.) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). His ministry vision is to shepherd the local church in fulfilling her world-changing, disciple-making kingdom purpose through expository preaching, Spirit-directed leading and a shepherd’s care of individuals and families. He is married to his 7th grade sweetheart, Janet, and they have three children: J.D. (college senior, engaged to August), Emily (Sophomore at Mississippi College) and Jake who is in the 7th grade at Fairhope Middle School.

Brent Shaw

Rev. Brent Shaw

Email:  shaw [at]

Rev. Brent Shaw began his ministry at First Baptist Church Fairhope, August 1, 2002. He served previously on the First Baptist Staff in the 80s as Minister of Youth. Brent served First Baptist Church in Dothan for 10 years prior to returning to Fairhope. Brent’s wife is Tammy and they have two girls: Lauren (Hardman) and Lindsey, and one grandchild: Ann Waverly.


Rev. A.B. “Bubba” Sawyer
Associate Pastor/Senior Adult Minister

Email: absawyer(at)

A.B. and his wife have recently returned to the Fairhope Area as our Associate Pastor/Senior Adult Minister.  He served previously as our Minister of Education and  another time as Minister of Youth. He’s served in Athen’s Georgia the past 15 years. Bubba handles the Senior Adult Ministry and other pastoral and support ministries.

Rev. John Baldwin
Minister of Music

Email:  jbaldwin [at]

Rev. John Baldwin has been serving as Minister of Music since 1988. He served previously in Florida and Alaska. John’s wife is Cyndee and they have three  married girls: Ashleigh Barkley (Drew), Caroline Brown (Craig) and Janna Schmidt (Chase) and four grandchildren.

Rev. Shawn Trotter
Discipleship Pastor

Email:  strotter [at]

Rev. Shawn Trotter began serving in 2018 as our Discipleship Pastor while he finished up seminary. In 2019 he became our full-time Discipleship Pastor, relieving Brent Shaw of those education responsibilities. . Shawn and his wife, Valerie, lve here in Fairhope and have four children.

Ryan Smith 
Minister to Students

Email:  smith [at]
Ryan has been working with students over the past ten years as a lay leader in churches from Georgia & Alabama. He joined the FBC Staff in  2008. He has also served as Student Worship Leader at Eagles Landing First Baptist Church in Georgia. Ryan has a passion for students and desires to lead them to a deeper knowledge of God by creating Bible Study opportunities coupled with recreational events and relevant worship experiences. Ryan also leads worship at our 11:00am service. His wife is Amy and their children are Ellie and Tyler.

Kevin Nelson
Minister to Children and Families

Email: knelson(at)

Kevin takes care of our children’s ministry needs and the needs of young families at First Baptist. He and his wife Leigh are parents to Kevin Jr. (K2)

Jennifer Warren
Preschool Minister

Email: jwarren [at]

Jennifer oversees our preschool ministry part time and works closely with our Minister to Children & Families, Kevin Nelson to offer quality events and care for parents and preschoolers.

Jeff McKee
Audio/Lighting Director
Email: jmckee [at]


Sharon Pippin

Sharon Pippin
Pastor’s Assistant/Media Coordinator 

Email:  spippin [at]

Sharon has been on staff at First Baptist since 1983 in a position that started out as youth/music secretary and has evolved to include a myriad of tasks. She coordinates the Media Ministry, Publications and Print media (including this website) in addition to being the Pastor’s Assistant. She is married to Don and they have two adult sons: Jamie who is married to Jennifer (Ft. Worth, Texas) and Ryan (Hattiesburg, MS) .  Sharon and Don have one grandson: River.

Kay Chathom

Kay Gaddy
Financial Secretary

Email:  kgaddy [at]

Kay began work back at FBC in the fall of 2011 as Financial Secretary. She brings a great background of financial experience and is a joy to have in this position. She is married to Michael and she has two adult children: Lee (married) and Kristen.

LaSha Powell

LaSha Powell
Education Ministry Assistant 

Email: lpowell [at]

LaSha is the newest addition to the Administrative staff at First. She and her husband David worship at First Baptist and are active in the Shaw Sunday School Class and the Lord’s Supper Committee. They have one son, Dalton who is in high school at Fairhope.

Jennifer Coulter

Jennifer Coulter 
Senior Adult and Student Ministry Assistant 

Email:  jcoulter [at]

Jennifer serves as the ministry assistant to Jeff Ingram with regard to Senior Adults and is the Ministry Assistant to Ryan Smith and the Student Ministry. She also helps out in the pastoral ministry as well. If you go on a trip with our Jubileers, you’ve probably talked with Jennifer. She is married to Van and their son is Tristan.

Delores Lund
Student/Children’s Ministry Assistant 

Email:   dlund (a)

Delores supports the work of the Children and Student Ministries. In addition to serving these two active ministries, Delores is also the first person you meet when you come in to the office. She is married to Ed. Her daughters are Melissa and Donna and she has three grandchildren.

Laureen Davis
Music Ministry Assistant

Email: ldavis (a)

Laureen began in 2013 as our Music Ministry Assistant. She serves in many varied aspects of the Music Ministry and sings in the second service praise team. She also helps her husband Tony in his Sunday School Class. She has four children (Maegan, Cassidy, Hannah and Josh) and Tony has three (Lindsey, Elizabeth and Carrie).

Sandi Williamson

Sandi Williamson
tor of Housekeeping 

Email: williamson [at]

Sandi began in 1983 as child care coordinator and her job has taken on a different look over the 26 years she’s been at FBC. She supervises all maintenance staff which is a growing job as the facility grows. She has two adult boys and two grandchildren.

Dee Pace
Children’s Music Associate

Email:  dpace [at]

Dee began in 2008 as our Music Ministry Assistant. Combining two areas of Music Secretary and Music Assistant she served in many varied aspects of the Music Ministry. Then the church decided there was a need to coordinate the children’s music groups as well as other areas of music support. She is married to Ben and they have two adult children: Gentry (married to Lt. Stephen Jackson) and Jobe. They have one granddaughter, Emory who was born in 2017.



Angie Lewis, M.S.
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Campus Counselor

Email:   alewis [at]

Angie began on staff as our part-time campus counselor in 2011. Angie grew up in First Baptist and is a recording artist in addition to her counseling practice. She teaches a vibrant Sunday School Class as well as leads other Bible and Book studies on Sundays and Wednesdays. To request an appointment time with Angie, please email her. See that part of our website:

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