Dr. Michael Crawford
Dr. Michael Crawford has serverd as the Senior Pastor at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Austell, GA, since March of 2009. Mt. Pisgah is affiliated with the West Metro Baptist Association, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, and the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Crawford came to Mt. Pisgah after ministering at Pinehurst Baptist Church in Columbus, GA, as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Pastoral Care. Additionally, he served in the United States Army for twenty-one years.
Dr. Crawford graduated from Fresno High School in 1983 and directly entered into military service. During his time in military service, he served in many areas of lay ministry. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1992, served as a Sunday School Director, Youth Pastor, Discipleship Training Leader, and Sunday School Teacher, among other ministries. After recognizing God's call upon his life to enter into the ministry, he retired from the military (Dec 2004) and began to serve in full time Christian ministry. Dr. Crawford graduated from Troy State University with a Bachelor of Science in Resource Management and received both of his Master of Arts in Theological Studies and Master of Divinity in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. In May of 2018, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice College and Seminary.
Dr. Crawford and his wife are avid Atlanta Braves fans, enjoy running and hiking together, traveling by cruise ships, and most recently, spending time with their granddaughter (oh, and their children). He is an amateur numismatist and beginner bass guitar player, both of which he enjoys regardless of his status.
Dr. Crawford is married to his High School sweetheart, Deborah, and they are preparing to celebrate their 32nd Anniversary in December. they have two adult and married daughters, Cherish (Chris) Ehrhart and Catheryn (Alex) Linsday, as well as one granddaughter (Luna).
Interim Minister of MusicHarry Adkins recently retired after 45 years of Music Ministry serving churches in Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina. He earned a Master of Church Music degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Music Education from Troy University. Harry and Rita have two children and five precious grandboys. They reside in Kingstree, South Carolins, Where Harry teaches Music Appreciation at Williamsburg Technical College.
Director of Senior AdultsEileen 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!
Director of Children’s Ministry and Church GrowthPatricia 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."
Ministry AssistantFaye 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."