Deacons

The Purpose of Deacons

First Baptist Cleveland is a big church. We rank 6th out of hundreds of churches in Tennessee. Proper oversight and management of the church requires a lot of people– the majority of whom are volunteers.

Servant leadership is the primary purpose of a Deacon at First Baptist Cleveland. Deacons serve in a myriad of important ministries such as encouragement and visitation to practical help like parking and offering, to prayer and church leadership.

Biblical Qualifications

In the Bible, specific qualities are listed as requirements to serve as a Deacon. Many of these qualities can be summed up to a short list.

  • Church Membership
  • Husband of one wife
  • Follower of Jesus
  • Actively serving in the church
  • History of giving
  • A person of integrity

Current Active Deacons


Dan Allison
Don Bailey
Rex Calfee
Fred Carder
David Chaffin
Jay Chapman
Shane Clark
Manson Clement
Denny Collins
Josh Dawes
Cliff Eason
Melvin Elder
Adam Elder
Pat Ensley
JR Fulbright
Don Gaines
Shane Gibson
Chris Green
Dave Gregory
Marty Gregory
David Hicks
Mike Iosia
John Karnes
Jim Kerr
Benny Kirksey
Dave Luzader
Ron McCall
Bob McCay
Coty McFarland
John McIntosh
Kevin Moore
Terry Pierce
Tom Reese
Wayne Richardson
Mike Sharp
Don Sims
Wes Smith
Jim Smith
Cole Strong
Mark Tipton
Tommy Walker
Ken Wallace
Chris Wilds

Meet the Deacons


Jay Chapman

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Adam Elder

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Don Gaines

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Bryce Kirksey

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Coty McFarland

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Don Sims

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Wes Smith

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Cole Strong

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