First Baptist Church Somerville Staff & Leadership

The staff here at First Baptist Church Somerville is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for our church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them.

  • Stan smith

    Lead Pastor

    Stan began serving First Baptist Church as Senior Pastor on December 1, 2015.  He loves the local church and missions having served over the last 46 years in 8 churches (including planting a church) in Tennessee and Texas, while also serving as Director of Missions of Big Hatchie Baptist Association in Covington, Tn.  He has led numerous mission trips to Thailand, Taiwan, Ecuador, South Africa, Alaska and Idaho.  He is a graduate of Union University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Christian Studies.  Presently, Stan is serving on the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.

    Stan and his wife, Monica, have a daughter, three sons and 8 grandchildren.

    Email Stan

  • Stephen white

    associate pastor, Worship and education

    Stephen joined First Baptist Church of Somerville in the summer of 2006, having served in local churches in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee since 1977. He is committed to equipping believers for worship and leading them in worship.  Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music from Louisiana College, a Master of Church Music from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology from Hartford University.
    He and his wife, Kay, are natives of Vicksburg, Mississippi.  They have two children:  Craig, who lives in Memphis, and Lindsey, who is married to Matt and lives in Somerville, and are the parents of their grandsons, Hudson, Hayden, and Hank.

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  • ashley cannon

    church secretary

    Ashley was born and raised in Somerville, TN. She is active in her home church at Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Laconia. She has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ashely taught Pre-School for 8 years in Collierville and Cordova before becoming a Pre-School Director in Oakland for eight and a half years.

    Ashley and her husband, Mike, have two daughters. Katelyn is 13 and Kara is 8. They both attend Fayette Academy. She feels very blessed to have this opportunity to work with the First Baptist Church staff and help spread God's Word throughout her community.

    Email Ashley

  • Shirley Redfern

    Church clerk & financial secretary

    Shirley Ann Redfearn serves as Church Clerk and Financial Secretary of First Baptist Church, Somerville, TN.  She has been a member of FBC since 1977. She is married to Jerry W. Redfearn and they reside in the Somerville city limits. Ms. Redfearn is grateful for the opportunity to serve her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at FBC and hopes to continue as long as her service pleases the church and the Lord.

    Email Shirley

  • Fern Puckett

    office assistant

    Born in Texas, Fern spent 20 years as an army wife, 11 years as a Pastor's wife, and 11 years as a Missionary with the Home Mission Board in Alaska. She came to Somerville, TN and joined First Baptist in 2001. She has served as Senior Adult Department Secretary, WMU Director, substitute and SS Teacher, and has assisted in maintaining music for the choir. Fern also sings in the Sanctuary Choir and the Royal Heirs Choir. She has loved being a staff Part-time Office Worker since 2011.

    Email Fern

  • bernie mullikin

    facilities manager

    Bernie retired from Memphis, Light, Gas, and Water in March of 2006.  He has been the Facilities Manager at First Baptist Church, Somerville since March of 2006.  Bernie was ordained as a deacon in 1987. He has taught Sunday School classes (Youth-Adults) since 1980, served on the personnel committee, and played hand bells at FBCS for over 15 years. Bernie has worked with the Children's Choir, the RAs, and taught VBS. He sang int he Adult Choir for over 20 year and was a part of the Children's Puppet Ministry for 17 years. Bernie takes joy in the beauty of our church grounds and facilities.  After all, this is the King's House!

  • Toby Stone

    Rossville church plant pastor

    Toby Stone, a Florida native, moved to the Memphis area in 2008 to begin his seminary studies at Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary, in Cordova, TN. During this time, he served in Ministry at First Baptist Church Fisherville, where he met and married his wife, Mary in 2010. Toby graduated from MABTS in 2011 with an Associate of Divinity and also in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies. He is currently working toward a Master of Theology and Biblical Counseling.

    Toby's interests are preaching, teaching, reading, and missions. He also enjoys boating, fishing, golfing, cooking and fellowship.

    Email Toby

  • Emily Waldon

    Communications Director

    Emily Waldon grew up at First Baptist Church. She is the daughter of Susan and Michael Waldon, and she graduated high school at Fayette Academy in 2017. Emily goes to college at Austin Peay State University to attain a degree in Public Relations. Emily is heavily involved in campus life at Austin Peay by working in the Communications Department. Emily is anchor for the news station on campus, APSU-TV News. Emily is also the current president of the National Broadcasting Society on campus. Emily has held several leadership roles in her sorority, the Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha, that include: Treasurer, Social Chair, Vice President of Membership Education, Editor and Historian, Vice President of Alum and Heritage, and is currently the Vice President of PR and Recruitment. Emily is also a member of the BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) on campus.

  • Ron Thompson

    Media Director

    Ron Thompson has been “running media” since ... a long time ago.  He worked at Midway Baptist in San Diego. There the sermons were broadcasted on the radio. Ron also worked at Germantown Baptist. There the sermons were broadcasted on television, back in the days when it took two people to lift a camera. Ron currently works for Union University as a media support technician.  

    Other things Ron enjoys doing in his spare time includes: reading, listening to music, and spending time with his wife Betty.