First Baptist Church Murfreesboro TN


  Sunday Worship @ 8am & 10:45am
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Pastoral Staff

  • James M. McCarroll, Jr.
    Lead Pastor

    James Milton McCarroll, Jr. serves as pastor of First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, TN. He is a Nashville, TN native and received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting from Tennessee State University in 1999. He further received the Master of Divinity Degree from the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in 2003.


    He was licensed to preach and ordained to the Christian Ministry at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late, Rev. James C. Turner, Sr. He has since dedicated his life to bringing the message of faith, hope, and love in God through Jesus Christ.


    Currently he is the Moderator of the Stones River District Association and oversees the work and fellowship of over 20 churches in the greater Nashville area. Pastor McCarroll has been blessed to teach and preach at numerous venues across the country as well as internationally in Italy, India, Jamaica, and Guyana. His desire for people to experience the fullness of their Christian possibility has caused him to approach ministry with sensitivity toward the holistic need for the faith, hope, and love required to inherit the power and promises of God. To this end, Pastor McCarroll endeavors to impact the world for Jesus Christ through the communication and application of the Word of God.

  • Chris Williams
    Youth Pastor

    My desire as Youth Pastor is to implement programs that meet the needs of our youth. I strive to create opportunities to build life changing relationships with the youth of our church. Our goal is to create an environment where they feel comfortable expressing their issues and/or concerns.


    Our leadership team works hard to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ to encourage our youth and contribute to their spiritual and emotional well-being. Our goal is to teach our youth about Christ in a fun and relaxed way.


    Christian education is a partnership between church and home. We value parent involvement at every level and encourage you to communicate with us. Please feel free to share any issues, ideas, or topics that you feel needs to be addressed with our youth. I am always available to you and your children.    

  • Rev. Richard Gordon
    Pastor Emeritus

    Rev. Richard Willis Gordon, a native of Owensboro, Kentucky, became our Pastor in 1962.  During his tenure at First Baptist Church, God gave him the vision to build the new structure.  On December 31, 2005 after seeing the vision become reality, Pastor Gordon announced to the membership he would be retiring after 43 years of spiritual leadership at First Baptist Church. 


    Pastor Gordon in his sermons prepared the congregation for the transition.  He admonished the congregation to enter a season of consecrated prayer and to seek God’s will in determining the next leader.   By divine guidance from the Lord, Rev. James M. McCarroll, Jr. preached his first sermon July 17, 2006.


Our office manages the daily administrative responsibilities of the pastoral and administrative teams of the church. Our teams of staff and volunteers process the common needs of the church that occur during normal business hours.

  • Vanita Sanders
    Executive Assistant
  • Ella Frierson
    Evening Receptionist
  • Paula Jones
    Director of Worship

    On January 4, 2015, Paula F. Jones was propelled into her destiny when she began serving as the Director of Worship at First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee under the dynamic leadership of Rev. James M. McCarroll, Jr.  After several years of inquiring of God about her calling, this assignment gave every God-given gift and desire true purpose.  As the Director of Worship, she serves First Baptist Church’s numerous ministries coordinating multiple aspects of weekly Worship Services and supporting other ministry activities.  In the past, she also served as the Secretary of the Community Service Ministry and as a member of the planning team for the annual Murfreesboro R.I.S.E. Family Festival and Conference.

    Paula also serves as a Human Resources Recruitment Consultant for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Paula holds a Bachelors (2004) and Masters of Science (2007) from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  In late 2014, she began pursuing Christian education at Birmingham Theological Seminary, Birmingham, Alabama.


    Paula’s most important roles and greatest pleasures are being a mother and role model to her son, Evan Christien.  Paula also enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her supportive family.

    Paula understands that her life is designed to serve and encourage others.  She worshipfully credits every victory to her loving and unconditional relationship with Jesus Christ.  One of her favorite scriptures is St. John 15:16 where Jesus tells us that “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”  This gives every believer who seeks to understand his or her divine purpose an assurance that the very core of our existence is purposed to advance the Kingdom of God through a real relationship with Christ Jesus.

  • De'Antwaine Moye
    Director of Ministry Infrastructure and Innovation

    De'Antwaine Moye serves as Director of Ministry Development at First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  He is a native of Nashville, Tennessee where he graduated third in his class from Antioch Comprehensive High School.  He also graduated summa cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a concentration in pre-law and a minor in business administration in May of 2012.  He further received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in May of 2015.

    De'Antwaine has a strong passion for community service, Christian ministry, writing, and leadership. He was licensed to preach under the leadership of Pastor James M. McCarroll Jr. at First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  He is the immediate past director of the M.E.L.E.K. (Molding Examples of Leaders and Encouraging Kings) Leadership Program for young men ages 12-17, which develops young men to lead in their perspective communities.  He also serves as an associate minister and co-chair of the Young Adult Ministry.  

    While in leadership at First Baptist, he has assisted in the development of multiple curriculums, led bible studies, and has been a part of the rebranding of several ministries.  He has also worked with Habitat for Humanity of Rutherford County in planning and hosting their annual House of Faith Build Fundraiser Concert.

    De’Antwaine currently sits on the Board of Directors for A City of Grace, a nonprofit organization that serves the underserved in the Middle Tennessee area through education, economic development, and health initiatives. 

  • Teresa Russell

    Teresa Russell, a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, moved to Murfreesboro in June 2006.  She is a 1995 graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  She served First Baptist Church as Financial Secretary for 2 years and was appointed the Church Treasurer in 2009.

    Currently the Administrator for the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Meharry Medical College, Teresa is actively involved in her church and community. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. where she served as Treasurer of the local chapter from 2009 to 2015.  

    Teresa is married to Warren Russell who serves as Deacon at First Baptist Church. They have three wonderful children: Joshalyn, Whitney, and Warren (Alex) and four adorable grandchildren: Layla, Kenyon, Tamara and Eli. They also have a devoted Chinese Crested dog named Tinkerbell. In her free time, Teresa enjoys baking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

  • Kim Vaughter
    Morning Receptionist


Sunday Morning
8:00 am & 10:45 am - Worship Service
9:10 am - Sunday School

12:00 pm & 6:30 pm - Bible Study

Address: 738 E Castle St.
                 Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: 615-893-5322
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