The Church continued to grow and during the years Dr. Duncan was Pastor, 1972-1976, the Church recognized the need for a Fellowship Hall, additional Sunday School class rooms and larger office space for the church social events, weekly suppers, Keenager luncheons, noon devotional meetings, banquets and many other activities.
Dr. W.T. Pruitt III served as pastor from 1977-1980. The church was without a pastor from 1980-1982, however, during this time, the church became debt free with all of it’s buildings and land unencumbered.
Dr. Raymon Leake was called as pastor in April, 1982. During his time of service many new ministries were founded including the Picayune Ministerial Association, Christian Care Ministry, Noonday Bible Study, First Baptist Prayer Ministry and the Stephen Ministry. In December 1990 the church voted to build a new educational wing and office complex. The building was completed in April of 1992.
Dr. Leake resigned in 1995 and Rev. Jimmy Albritton was called as interim Pastor. He served until August 1996 at which time Dr. Bill Hardin was called to serve as full time Pastor. He served until April of 2003. Dr. Frank Gunn served as interim preaching pastor until Dr. Keith Warden was called as our full time Pastor in October of 2004.
Dr. Warden resigned in 2018 and Dr. Bo Rice was called to serve as interim Pastor.
As the years have rolled by, First Baptist Church has become a much larger family of many generations, but our mission has remained the same. We seek to bring in people of all ages, build them up in faith, and send them out as fully devoted followers of Christ. “Reaching Every Generation” is the next step in our legacy as a church that has always been ready and willing to add facilities that will help point our community to Jesus. We embrace this legacy, because we know there are still many more to reach.
Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come. Psalms 71:18 (NIV)