Rev. Dr. Jimmy Lewis, Interim Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Jimmy Lewis serves as Interim Pastor of FBC Cornelia. A native of Rome, Georgia, Lewis was ordained to the ministry by his home church, North Broad Baptist, in 1972.
Lewis received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. He has served churches throughout North Georgia including FBC Cave Spring, Locust Grove Baptist, FBC Morrow, FBC Jasper, and FBC Tucker. Lewis and his wife Sandra retired to Toccoa in 2019.
“First Baptist Cornelia is embarking on a new chapter in the life of the church. We face numerous challenges, but I am confident that the same faithful commitment to the Gospel and service to the community will get us through these coming days,” said Dr. Lewis. “We are a congregation that is blessed because we have excellent facilities and committed people. We are not overwhelmed with debt and God has blessed us with generous people. I am certain there are challenges ahead, but we are up to these challenges. We must focus on the values that have brought us through the last 134 years. The command is still the same: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.”
Dr. Lewis has called FBC Cornelia into a season of prayer, to discover what God is calling the church to do and have the courage to do His will. He said, “We are praying for our neighbor in our community. Join me in the commitment of prayer.”
Randy LeBlanc, Minister of Worship & Music
Randy grew up in Bogalusa, Louisiana, a small town 60 miles north of New Orleans. His family was actively involved in Calvary Baptist Church where he learned of the love of Jesus in a caring community of faith. Musical influences in his life included the church graded choir program, playing in the band, and a musical family. The call to church music ministry came while serving as music director of a small country church during his high school senior year.
While majoring in church music at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Randy met Cecelia Patterson. Now married for 49 years, they have three children. Jennifer works in Raleigh for Red Hat Technology in leadership development and has two children, Jacob and Grace. Jason, general manager of The Waterfall Club at Lake Burton, is married to Amy and they have two daughters, Allie and Maddie. Jon is employed with BHP Billiton as a strategy manager and is married to Lizzie. They have a son, Noel, and are presently living in Singapore.
In 1990, Randy completed his Masters of Music degree at Baylor University and in 1997 did further post graduate studies in conducting at University of North Texas. He served churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and now Georgia for a total of 46 years. He is also licensed as a financial advisor.
When not making music or advising financial clients, Randy loves to hike and photograph the beautiful landscape of Northeast Georgia. He and Cele enjoy travel, spending time with family and friends, and gardening.
Dustin Biggers, Interim Youth Minister
Dustin has been in ministry for 12 years, having served churches in the White County area as Associate Pastor and Student Pastor. In addition to ministry, he teaches part-time and works on his family’s farm. Dustin and his wife Chelsea live in Sautee Nacoochee. Dustin and Chelsea are the proud parents of Riley, a preschooler, and baby Elijah. Dustin is a graduate of Toccoa Falls College and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the ministry in 2012. He has written two devotional books for students.
Dustin will be keeping office hours at the church as he plans youth activities. He will lead our youth in Sunday School and on Wednesday nights along with Chelsea, his wife and ministry partner.
“Chelsea and I are excited to begin our ministry at Cornelia First Baptist and reach students for Jesus Christ,” says Dustin.
Jameson Deering, Interim Children’s Minister
Jameson Deering is excited about the opportunity to pour into the lives of children at FBC.
A native of Bremen, Georgia, Jameson has fond memories of summer camps and Vacation Bible School at his home church, First Baptist Bremen.
“I always looked forward to that (VBS). It was the highlight of my summer. I made a lot of friends through that,” said Jameson.
Jameson credits his former Youth Pastor for conversations that led to his salvation at age 18.
A golf scholarship led Jameson to Truett McConnell University where his faith was further nurtured. He was a business major “for about a week” before changing to Christian Studies. He will graduate from TMU later this year. Jameson hopes to go to seminary eventually. “I am letting the Lord lead me in the direction where he would like me to be,” he said.
Jameson is excited about leading young people in small group discussions that “open up conversations about God.”
Jameson loves golf, Alabama sports, and hiking. He and friends from TMU have hiked Yonah Mountain about 30 times.
“I enjoy being outside in the fresh air. I like to be able to go see the beauty that God has made, and it reminds you of the creation God has given us.”
Sheila Thomason, Bookkeeper and Minister Assistant
Carol Hasty, Church Secretary
Becky Hughes, Communications Ministry Assistant