Ministry Leadership Team:


Andy Barnes

Lead Pastor

As the primary teaching pastor, Andy has a passion for sharing the truth of God’s Word.  He sees the church relationally and majors not on going to church but on “being the church.”  Both Andy and his wife Marsha have athletic backgrounds, and each has served with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  In addition to a passion for equipping the saints, Andy is involved in sharing Truth in secular environments.  Whether teaching classes in various school systems or pursuing leadership development opportunities, he strives to be faithful to bring hope to all who will hear.  He and Marsha have 4 children.
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Pastor Jeff DeBoard – Associate Pastor/Youth Minister

Pastor Jeff’s main responsibility is encouraging the youth in our local community that has at is foundation grace and love for them in their unique developmental season of life. Jeff is deeply involved in youth, making every effort to disciple them to follow Christ in all areas of their lives. Jeff and his family have lived in the Gate City area for his entire career and ministers to several local area ministries as well as our dedicated youth outreach at the The Bridge. 
Ashley Jenkins Sandhu

Children’s Ministry Director

Ashley has been on staff since 2014 but has been a part of this church family her entire life. As Children’s Ministry Director, she ministers to children in nursery-6th grade through weekly activities. Additionally, Ashley is the director of our tremendously successful Upward Basketball League. She also serves at the weekly outreach minister at Crossroads Community Center. Ashley and her husband, Navneet have one daughter, Camilla, and they reside in Gate City.
Ashley has her B.S. from Virginia’s College at Wise in Sociology and a M.A. from Liberty University in the Field Of Study Human Services 


Holly McConnell

Youth Ministry Assistant
Holly has been a part of the family of First Baptist since she was 13. She served as an intern during college and has been on staff since 2015. She works with the youth in bible study, on Wednesdays, and leads a CORE Group study every 4th Monday of the month. She also works with womens ministry doing bible study and ladies events. 
Holly is married to Vaughn McConnell and they have two children, Wade and MJ. They reside in Mount Carmel.  
Holly has a B.A. in Elementary Education from E.T.S.U. 







Susie McMurray




Pete Barbour