Joe A. Fitzpatrick, Worship and Music Pastor

Education: Master of Church Music Conducting and Voice, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas; Bachelor of Music Education Trumpet and Voice, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Experience: Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock, Arkansas:  Worship Pastor (1989-2009); Mandarin Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida:  Minister of Music (1985-1989); Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas:  Music Intern (1983-1984); First Baptist Church, Yale, Oklahoma:  Minister of Music (1976-1982)

Family: Joe is married to Gwenn Robertson Fitzpatrick and they have two children; Robert Sean and Melodie Marie.

Laurie Hall, Music Ministry Assistant

Education: Bachelor in Physics, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Experience: Music assistant at First Baptist Nashville since August 1992. Also directs the first grade children’s choir, works with the Youth Choir, and is a member of both the Sanctuary Ringers and Chamber Singers. She has a lifetime of education in music, growing up as a minster of music’s daughter.

Family: Laurie and her husband, Tim, have three children – Katherine, Stephen, and Patrick, all in graduate school and college.

Stephen Aber, Church Organist/Staff Accompanist

Education: Master of Music in Organ and Master of Music in Sacred Music and Conducting, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Experience: Organist and staff accompanist at First Baptist Nashville since 2010. Also accompanies the Belmont Women’s Choir and Oratorio. Has studied conducting with Drs. Bill Caldwell, Robert Gregg, and Jeffery L. Ames. Principal organ teachers have been Dr. Joyce Jones at Baylor Univeristy and Andrew Risinger, Organist-in-Residence with the Nashville Symphony. Has served churches in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Kim Hester, Church Pianist

Education: Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina.

Experience: Church pianist at First Baptist Nashville since September 1993. Spent 17 years as Senior Pastor’s Assistant. Currently a member of First Baptist Nashville’s Master Plan Implementation Committee. Worship Resources Coordinator for Celebrating Grace, Inc.

Family: Kim and her husband, Jimmy, are the parents of two grown sons, Jordan and Justin, and take great delight in their grandchildren, Eli and Olive.

Barbara Sanders, Children’s Choir Coordinator

Education: Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Fresno State University, Fresno, California.

Experience: Children’s Choir coordinator at First Baptist Nashville; teaches elementary music at Oak Hill School. Has led music conferences and camps across the country, including Ridgecrest and Glorieta. Has served as curriculum writer for LifeWay Christian Resources and co-authored How to Lead Preschoolers in Musical Activities.

Family: Barbara is married to the recently retired Minister of Recreation and Senior Adults at First Baptist Nashville, Sam Sanders.  They have two children, Mike Sanders and Julie Comstock, and four grandchildren, Brett and Krystle (Mike’s children in California) and Emily and Caroline (Julie and Michael Comstock’s children, and First Baptist Nashville members).​