Rev. Dustin Gillespie
Pastor Dustin comes to First Baptist from Redemption Fellowship Church, a church plant in North Carolina, where he served as Lead Pastor. Additional experience includes serving in leadership roles in various churches and ministries throughout the southeast. Pastor Dustin received a degree in Christian Studies from Mississippi College, a Master in Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and has completed coursework in the Doctorate of Ministry with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis in leadership.
When asked what most excites him about the opportunity to serve at First Baptist of Dawsonville, Pastor Dustin said, “I’m excited about the church’s commitment to prayer. This seems to be a strong focus with our people and it’s one of the greatest tools God will use to reach those in our community who may be far from God or simply not interested.” What’s more, in talking about how to reach the community for God, Pastor Dustin said: “The community projects to grow numerically for the next several years which gives FBC a great opportunity to love on and care for more and more people. If the greatest command is to love God, then we have a job to help folks know Him and teach them how to fulfill this command. Along that same line we have to be a church that loves the people that make up our community because the second greatest command is to love people like ourselves. This is a huge reminder that the church isn’t called to love self only (church folks) but people who aren’t in the church yet!”
Pastor Dustin has been married to his beautiful wife Brittainy for more than ten (10) years; his energetic and loving family includes Luke (10), Wyatt (8), Titus (7), Gatlin (5) and Ella-Ivy (2 going on 18).
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 Pastor Dustin 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.
Tanner was born and raised in Tifton, Georgia, and is the oldest of three boys. He is currently seeking a bachelor’s in business administration with a focus on digital marketing. He has plans to attend seminary to become as equipped as possible, to expand His kingdom and bring Him glory. Tanner was a youth intern at First Baptist Church Tifton for 3 years during which time he facilitated small group discipleship, lead large groups through speaking and teaching, coordinated domestic and international mission trips, and lead students in outreach projects. God used this time in his life to teach him numerous things about ministry, the lost, and ultimately Himself. Tanner is excited about the opportunity to be here, and I look forward to what God has in store.
Megan Dorris is a joyous addition to the staff at First Baptist Church of Dawsonville! Her desire to nurture and grow the future of God's Family is contagious, and you and your little one(s) are sure to feel welcome and experience the love of Christ in the Preschool Department under her leadership. Megan and her husband, Paul, live in Dawsonville with their three precious sons, Jackson, Hudson and Harrison.
Clay Burnett, Pianist
Connie Medlock, Organist