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Rev. Dr. David Breckenridge

Senior Pastor

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David Breckenridge came to serve First Baptist Church of Memphis as Senior Pastor in August of 2008. A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, David is a graduate of Mississippi College (BA, ‘87), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisville, KY, (MDiv ’90), and Brite Divinity School at TCU (DMin, ’08).

David grew up in a home which valued faith and storytelling. As a pastor and preacher, he is still compelled by how the story of God’s grace seeks to transform all of our stories into ones of redemption and hope, joy and promise. “Preaching,” says David, “is the art of connecting the ancient stories of scripture to our story and in the process revealing the Storyteller behind them all as one who loves us more than we will ever know or understand.”

David met his wife Leigh Ann in college. As a Nurse Practitioner and Professor of Nursing, Leigh Ann is more than a minister in her own right. She has never met a stranger, and eagerly offers her gifts in medicine and children to efforts near and far.

David and Leigh Ann are the proud parents of three children. Hannah is married and lives with her husband Anson in Baltimore. She is pursuing her MSW at the University of Maryland. Seth is an avid fisherman and works at BassPro. Micah is a senior at White Station HS where he plays football and soccer. In his spare time not claimed by fishing with Seth or cheering for Micah, you can find David spoiling his golden retrievers, feeding his addiction to music and books, and dreaming of what is next.

Rev. Brittany Stillwell

Associate Pastor of Worship & Youth

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Rev. Brittany Stillwell came to serve First Baptist Church of Memphis as Minister of Music and Youth in November 2014. A native of Danville, Kentucky, Brittany has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and a Master of Divinity degree from The Baptist Seminary of Kentucky in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Brittany comes to First Baptist after serving for three years at Buechel Park Baptist Church as Minister of Music where she was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 2013.  Brittany describes her call to ministry as a journey. “My initial summons to ministry cannot be described in one event or miraculous conversion. There is a clear summons embedded deep within my heart. For as long as I can remember, I have been aware of God stirring in my life, pulling me toward something; a desire to discover the Divine. The question has never been will I answer the call, but how?”

Her role as the music and youth minister allows her to answer the call in a unique way that resonates with her passion for meaningful worship, her love for music, and her desire to see youth reach their fullest potential as citizens of God’s Kingdom.

Brittany currently serves as the moderator of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Her favorite pastimes include reading with her cat Larkin, cooking, biking and hiking.

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Lisa Butts

Financial Administrator

Bridget Ellis

Publications Specialist

Dennis Fruitt

Maintenance Supervisor & Building Engineer

Kristin Zapien

First Baptist Day School Director

Billy Taylor

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Gennie Mae

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Kelly Street

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