First Baptist Church Murfreesboro TN


  Sunday Worship @ 8am, 9:45am & 11:30am
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Pastoral Staff

  • 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.

  • Renee Barker
    Director of Operations
  • 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.

  • Dr. William Golson
    Director of Ministry Infrastructure and Innovation

    Dr. William Golson serves as Director of Ministry Infrastructure at First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. As director he ensures that our ministries are always operating at optimal capacity and ability. Toward ensuring that goal, he oversees and reviews the design, purpose, goals, and monitors implementation of each ministry to be consistent with the pastor’s goal; and the development and growth of leadership.


    He is a native of Denver, Colorado. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology and worked for 20 years in the Aerospace industry. In his ministry endeavors, he founded and served for 29 years as fulltime Senior Pastor of True Light Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado before retiring in 2017. During his tenure, a 32,000-sq. ft. church facility was constructed, valued at $2.4 million; and established a congregation of approximately 800. He is a 2014 graduate of Denver Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry in Executive Leadership. He has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for work in the Denver secular and spiritual communities, was twice selected as Pastor of the Year, and served two terms as President of the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance.


    He has authored six books: “On the Matter of Relationships,” “Adjusting Your Copy Quality”, “Good Advice From A Player,” “Facing Giants: Don’t Let Giants Cause You a Faith Failure”, “A Guide to Practical Living: Insights from the Epistle of James”, and “A Case for Christianity: Establishing a Foundation for Faith”.


    His ministerial philosophy is rooted in the acknowledgment of God’s power as expressed in the Pauline benediction of Ephesians 3:20, 21 (NKJV), “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”


    He is married to Melvia Jo and has two children: Melody and William (Ashley), and three grandchildren: Sable, Autumn, and Olivia

  • 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.

  • Chris Taylor
    Administrative Assistant


Sunday Morning
8:00 am | 9:45 am | 11:30 am - Worship
9:30 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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