About the Staff

Dr. Ronnie Hatfield, Senior Pastor

Pastor Ronnie has a passion for unity and seeing people come to a relationship with Christ. He began serving as Senior Pastor at First Baptist in March 2012. He and his wife Lisa, have three daughters and three grandsons.  Ronnie has ministered throughout North Mississippi and is an active member with the Lee County Baptist Association.

Worship & Music Pastor

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Brad Marlar, Student Pastor

Pastor Brad has served as Student pastor at FBC since July 2012. He and his family have served throughout the North Mississippi area both in student ministry and in music. Brad is passionate about seeing young people come to know Christ and is active in evangelism and missions, ministering to the people of Saltillo, as well as those in the town of Toledo, Ohio. He and his wife Brooke, have three daughters.

Emily Kelly, Children’s Director

Emily has a heart for children and teaching them about God’s love. She began serving First Baptist in April of 2014. She is a native of Booneville Mississippi and a 2013 graduate of Blue Mountain College. 

Shannon Atkins, Ministry Assistant

Shannon came on staff in 2012, and takes care of many of the day to day ministry tasks in the office. She is passionate about serving Jesus and she loves sweet tea!

Lisa Donaldson, Office Manager / Financial Secretary

Lisa joined the staff in December of 2016. She relocated from Dallas, TX, where she lived for 24 years. She enjoys helping her parents and being near extended family. She has a son, grandson and daughter in Dallas and a daughter and two granddaughters in the Chicago area. She earned an undergraduate and a graduate degree in business from LeTourneau University.