Dr. Jim Collier

Senior Pastor

Jim is a Florida native and spent 12 years serving our country in the US Army, attaining the rank of Captain before entering seminary to become a Pastor. He attended Mid America Baptist Seminary getting his M.Div and Doctorate. He has served in Mississippi, Tennessee and now in North Carolina where his wife Myra is from. Jim and Myra have been married 25 years and have 2 children, Rebecca, who is married and Josh, who is studying at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. 


Aaron Edwards

Associate Pastor to Youth and Families

Aaron grew up in Mount Pleasant, NC. He is a graduate of Lee University with a concentration in Biblical Studies and is currently in the M.Div. program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has been serving the Youth of FBC since August of 2013 and formerly served as an Assistant Pastor and Minister of Evangelism in churches around Rowan County. He and his wife Amanda were married in 2012 and reside in Concord.

Joseph Smith

Children’s Director

Joseph is from Georgia and Joined First Baptist in 2018 as Director of Children’s Ministries. He spent 4 years in the US Navy, graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Religion and served in Georgia at New Hope Baptist Church as Children’s Director.  Liberty University is also where he met his wife Lilly. They have been married 7 years and have 4 children ages 17 months to 5 yrs old.



Howard Joye

Worship Director

Howard became Worship Leader at FBC in 2013. He received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from the University of South Carolina and did Doctoral work in Music Theory at Florida State University where he taught Theory, Form and Analysis and directed the Jazz Pop Vocal ensemble. He also taught at USC and Columbia College and is a woodwind specialist and arranger. He has lead church music and Education programs and served with his wife Beverly in full time Christian ministry since 1985. They enjoy keeping and loving their three granddaughters.



Leslie McKemie

Financial Secretary

Leslie joined the staff at FBC in July 2008.  She attended Lenoir-Rhyne College and is a graduate of Life Christian University.  She re-enrolled at LCU in September 2011 to further her education.  She is a Pastor’s daughter who enjoys horseback riding, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family. Leslie resides in Richfield with her husband, Quintin.  Between them, they have 7 children and 10 grandchildren.




Jacqulyn Campbell

ABC Preschool Director

Jacqulyn became the Director of All Because of Christ Preschool in August 2017.  She graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Biology and has taught preschool for 11 years.  Jacqulyn was born and raised here in Concord, NC where she lives with her husband, Timothy and 2 young children, Bristol and Tucker.  In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, traveling, crafting and spending time with her family.