Dr. Jim Gaines

Senior Pastor

Everybody wants to belong to a place where they feel loved and accepted. We all want a place where everybody knows our name. As I visualize this great congregation, I am amazed at our member’s love and devotion to the Lord and to each other. Each of us comes from a life of varied experiences, but God has called us together to be First Baptist Church of Dawsonville. Each member represents a piece of the puzzle that God is putting together here. Each person represents a set of talents and spiritual gifts that God has called to ministry. Each face represents a soul that was so important to Christ that He gave His life for that person. 

In the past three years, God has multiplied our membership in a dramatic fashion. I am confident that as we continue with the vision that God has given us, He will continue His blessings. We are excited about our new state of the art Worship Center and all the opportunities it will provide. Now we have begun the task of multiplying our ministries and building the Kingdom of God in our area. 

Without a doubt, it is our unity and warm fellowship in the Lord that makes our congregation so unique. We have one purpose and one vision from the Lord and that is to reach our community and area for Jesus Christ. Our church family would love to partner with you if you do not have a church home to grow spiritually. We would love to not only know your name but also to get to know you. 





Stan Lovell

Worship Pastor

From the most ancient times, the musicians were out front, leading the way. Each Sunday morning, our music leads the way to worship, as we “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord”! Our music program leads us and prepares our hearts to hear the morning Biblical message that our Pastor, Dr. Gaines brings to us each Sunday.

Our music is led each week by our Worship Choir and Praise Team, along with our talented accompanists. Our worship style is more of a blended style, merging contemporary praise and worship songs with the traditional hymns and classics.





Sam Reed

Student Minister

My name is Sam Reed, and I am the Student Pastor here at First Baptist. Here is a little info about myself. I recently graduated from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary at Liberty University. I received my graduate degree as a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies. Prior to my graduate degree, I studied four years at North Georgia University and obtained a Business Management degree with a Leadership Minor. 
I have been involved with ministry and student ministry for many years. I announced my call into the ministry at the age of 15, and have had the privilege of preaching and serving in churches all over the south. I believe that through these experiences, Christ developed within me a deep passion for Student Ministry. I am here to serve your son/daughter and also your family. My hope and prayer is that through my ministry, I can help show your teenager the hope, peace, love, and joy that is found ony in Jesus Christ. Our purpose in Elevate Ministries is to create a place that is fun and inviting for teenagers to come and fellowship, but most importantly, deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. 
Our church provides a comfortable, safe, and loving environment for your family to encounter God together, and as individuals. Come check us out. We’ll welcome you with open arms. 




Debbie Gaines

Preschool Director

It is a joy to lead the preschool ministry of First Baptist Church of Dawsonville. As a parent and grandparent, I understand the importance of helping preschool children learn about the love of Jesus. One of the ways we serve our preschoolers is through providing support and encouragement for our parents in their journey of faith and development of a Christian home.

Support Staff

Wanda Davis, Church Secretary   Email:

Janice Darnell, Pianist

Connie Medlock, Organist