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
Dave Altopp
Don Bailey
Rex Calfee
Fred Carder
Jay Chapman
Shane Clark
Manson Clement
Cliff Eason
Adam Elder
Melvin Elder
Pat Ensley
Don Gaines
Shane Gibson
Chris Green
James Harris
David Hicks
John Karnes
Jim Kerr
Benny Kirksey
Don Lorton
Dave Luzader
Ron McCall
Bob McCay
Coty McFarlan
Kevin Moore
Terry Pierce
Mike Sharp
Don Sims
Jim Smith
Wes Smith
Cole Strong
Tommy Walker
Bart Walker
Joe C. Washington
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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Bart Walker

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