Our Leadership

  • Dr. John Thweatt


    John's vision is leading our congregation to be a glory driven church. His vision includes integrating church, family and community to connect with God, others, and the world. Additionally, he seeks to emphasize and promote partnerships with others who would seek to take the gospel to our neighbors and the nations. 

    John has served at FBC since 2001. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry  from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. John and his wife Kim have 4 daughters, Hannah, who is married to Randy, Hope, Hollie, who is married to Carson, and Kimberly Joy. John and Kim are grandparents to two amazing grandsons, Shep, who was born in 2020, and Rowan, who was born in 2022.

    John's email address is pastorjct@yahoo.com

  • Dr. Tim Gold

    Minister of Education and Administration

    A minister of education fulfills many roles, but it is discipleship that is Tim's heartbeat. He believes that the preaching that takes place, the Bible studies we engage in, our classes, and even our fellowship times are opportunities to make disciples. But it does not end there. It takes place any time there are mentoring relationships in which spiritual, biblical growth takes place. It takes place when we minister to, and pray for each other. As we mature, discipleship is not just what we know but it also becomes "what we do."  Tim is married to Chris, and they have twins, Noah and Kayla. 

    Tim's email address is tgold@fbcpellcity.org

  • Rev. Mark Walker

    Minister to StudentS

    Mark's heart for student ministry is evident any time you are around him. He brings a wealth of experience and passion for ministering to students and their families. His vision is to lead students to have an all consuming love and heart for Christ and God's Word.  Mark is married to Suzi and they have one daughter, Eden, who is married to Kevin.

    Mark's email address is superd2e@yahoo.com

  • Rev. Chris Dewaal

    Minister to Children & Families

    Children's ministry is a beautiful mix of laughter, tears, tantrums, songs, crafts, Goldfish, hugs and high-fives, as children are taught about the God who created them with such care. Chris' passion is for parents and the church to lay a foundation of Jesus Christ in the life of children so they can respond

    to God's grace at the right time. Jesus set the example for how children are to be cherished at First Baptist Pell City. In Mark 10:16, He "took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them." 

    Chris is married to Melanie and they are parents to Anna Kate,  Joshua, Sarah Joy, and Leah.

    Chris' email address is cdewaal@fbcpellcity.org

  • Chris Gold

    Minister to Preschool

    Chris' love for children has been evident for many years here at First Baptist Church. She began as nursery coordinator 12 years ago, eventually ending up where she is today as Minister to Preschool. Chris is originally from Aken, South Carolina. She attended Winthrop College earning a BA in Communications, then attended Southeastern Baptist Theologoical Seminary earning a Masters of Divinity in Christian Ed. She is married to our very own Minster of Education, Pastor Tim Gold. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family...especially her twins Noah and Kayla. 

    Chris' email address is cgold@fbcpellcity.org

  • Ronnie Foster

    Minister of Music

    The purpose of worship is more than just a service. It's about living a life of worship every hour of every day. That is how Ronnie approaches his call to music ministry. He is gifted and passionate about leading people in worship and praise of our God during the worship services. He desires that the we live in such a way that when people see us they will know we truly have a heart of worship for God 24/7.  

    Ronnie is married to Rita. 

    Ronnie's email address is ronniefoster@centurytel.net

  • Kim Thweatt

    Contemporary Worship Leader

    Any time you are around Kim you find out quickly how much she loves God and His people. Her heart for worship is contagious. She leads our Contemporary worship service, along with our Praise band, and loves what she does. But it's her passion to see God's people worship him daily in the lives they lead.  

    Kim is married to John and is a full time wife and mother to their four daughters, Hannah, who is married to Randy, Hope, Hollie, who is married to Carson,  and Kimberly Joy. She loves being Marmee to her two grandsons, Shep and Rowan.

    Kim's email address is kimthweatt@yahoo.com

  • Tammy Huey

    Weekday Education Director

    Tammy's heart is ministry, especially to the children of Pell City. Under her leadership the Kindergarten/Daycare has been a truly effective outreach to the city and surrounding community. Families and children have been touched and influenced greatly through a Gospel saturated learning environment that the Kindergarten/Daycare promotes. Tammy is married to Jeff and they have 3 children, Holly, Bethany and Matthew.

    Tammy's email address is thuey@fbcpellcity.org