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Rev. Chris Smith

HiRes 5736499790016 300x225Interim Pastor

Rev. Chris Smith is currently serving as Interim Pastor, but is also the Director of Missions at the Florence Baptist Association. Chris has been with First Baptist since April 2017, and with the Florence Baptist Association since June of 2012. He, Tracy his wife, and children: Drew, Maggie, and Olivia moved from Rockingham NC where Chris had been pastor of the Roberdel Baptist Church since 2005. Prior to Roberdel he served as Pastor of Harmony Baptist Church Elgin, SC for over nine years and Mt. Zion Baptist Church in St. George, SC for over 7. Chris was raised in Ravenel, SC where his Father was a Southern Baptist Pastor. After graduation from High School, Chris graduated from Baptist College at Charleston, (presently Charleston Southern University) with a BA in Religion. He also received his Master of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest NC.

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Eileen Owen

EileenDirector of Senior Adults

Eileen Owen received a Secretarial Science degree from Mars Hill College in North Carolina in l956, a Bachelor of Science in Secretarial Administration from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC, in 1958, and a Masters in Elementary Education from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, in 1974. She has completed several years of postgraduate work at Francis Marion University.

Eileen taught at Bessemer High School in Greensboro for two years, at the Florence First Baptist Church Kindergarten for three years, and retired from Florence District #1 Schools in l997 after teaching public kindergarten for 25 years. She has been leading the Senior Adult Ministry at First Baptist since February, l999. Eileen enjoys reading, sewing, traveling, and especially spending time with her grandchildren and friends.

Thirty years of teaching provided such a wonderful opportunity for me to influence the lives of children and to witness to them and their parents. However, when planning to retire from teaching, I prayed that the Lord would open another door of service for me so that I could continue to work in a positive way with others.

My opportunity to serve as the Directory of Senior Adults at FBC has been the answer to those prayers. Helping senior adults to stay active physically, mentally, and spiritually is my goal as I plan for and participate with our members in various programs. May all the days we live be joy-filled days lived for our Lord!

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Patricia Whaley


Director of Children’s Ministry and Church Growth

Patricia and her husband, Franklin, were high school sweethearts and married in 1983 and have one son, Dylan. Patricia has been the Director of Children's Ministry and Church Growth since January of 2009 and financial secretary since September of 2012. Patricia attended USC-Coastal Carolina College and Southeastern Seminary. She gets excited about community outreach; loves working with teachers, families and children and is constantly humbled by what they teach her each day. Her favorite verse is Psalm 126:3, "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy."

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Faye Joye

FayeMinistry Assistant

Faye Joye retired in 2013 after teaching for 33 years in Marion, SC. She attended Francis Marion University where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. In 2004, she received her National Board Certification in Exceptional Needs. During her teaching career, she taught first grade, Reading Recovery, and worked with students with Learning Disabilities.

Faye is married to Ray Joye for 41 years. They have two daughters, Laura and Lisa, and six grandchildren. The entire family enjoys spending time together and traveling together. Faye especially enjoys participating in Bible studies and meeting weekly with her Accountability/Discipleship Group.

"God blessed me with 33 wonderful years of teaching some precious children and now has blessed me beyond belief with the privilege of serving at First Baptist Church. When I retired from teaching, I felt God had something planned for me. That 'something' was a position here at First Baptist Church. I am ever grateful for God's goodness! He never ceases to amaze me. My prayer is that whatever I do, it is all to the glory of God."

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