Rev. Dr. Randy L. Hyde
Randy L. Hyde is a retired Baptist minister. Most recently, he was pastor of the Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas for almost 22 years.
Dr. Hyde is an Arkansan but has pastored churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Maryland, and Florida as well as his native state.
He is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and holds his doctorate from the Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2005 he published After God’s Own Heart: The Life and Faith of David. His most recent book from 2010 is Feminine Faces: Portraits of Biblical Women of Faith, and he is currently completing two other manuscripts, one on the life of Joseph and the other on the great hymns of our faith.
Randy and his wife Janet have been married since 1970 and have two adult children: Emily Rebecca Hyde Newberry lives in Macon, Georgia with her husband Raines and sons Alex and Matthew; Timothy Andrew Hyde resides in Little Rock with his wife Kathryn. They are the parents of Charley Russell and Molly Mac.
Dr. Hyde is Past President of the Rotary Club of Little Rock (Club 99) and has served on the National Coordinating Council and Ministries Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, as well as several boards in the Little Rock area.
He enjoys sports, especially golf, reading, photography, and playing the guitar occasionally (for his own edification only!).
Rev. Ray Hatton
Music Ministry Interim
Ray is a native Texan and served several churches there before he and his wife, Trudy, moved to Memphis in 1986 to serve First Baptist Church as Minister of Music. He was in that role for 28 years, and then became Minister of Administration and Senior Adults for another three years before retirement at the end of 2017. He and Trudy have remained members of the church, singing in the choir, playing piano as needed, and enjoying their First Friends Sunday School Class.
He received his B.A. from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, his M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Master of Church Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth.
Ray’s hobbies include building paper model cathedrals, selling things on eBay, reading (favorite writer is Ken Follett), watching movies and TV (favorite series are The West Wing and Lost).
Ray and Trudy really enjoy living in the same city as their two children and three grandchildren.
Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator
Holly grew up at First Baptist Church, the daughter of Rev. Ray and Trudy Hatton. She married James Aycock at FBC in 2002, and her children Dylan (10) and Janie (8) were both dedicated here as well. A proud Memphian, Holly finished her BA at The University of Memphis. She has taught preschool for ten years in Memphis and in Atlanta. Holly has enjoyed two terms as Missions Committee Chair at FBC, was ordained a Deacon in 2014, taught Children’s Missions for several years, and served on the Caritas Community Missions Board.
Holly accepted this role with children and youth because she feels called to serve her church family through this period of change and renewal. She has known and taught most of the young people in our congregation since they were born, and is thrilled to have this opportunity to serve the people she loves.
Holly enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, and rocking out with her karaoke microphone. Holly is fueled by coffee and Chex Mix.
First Baptist Day School Director