Staff – First Baptist Cornelia


Nathan LaShotoNathan LaShoto, Senior Pastor


Nathan LaShoto grew up in White County and has served churches in Gainesville and Claxton, Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of North Georgia and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is currently doing his doctoral studies at Mercer University, McAfee School of Theology.

Even at 33 Nathan has had a lot of life experience. He worked as a Merchant Marine on a container ship out of high school and later worked for a company that builds cell phone towers. He put himself through seminary working on an urban farm in Atlanta and worked with immigrant populations in Clarkston, Georgia.

LaShoto has a heart for people of all backgrounds – meeting people where they are in life.
“I think that is what God has called us to do, find people in the neighborhoods where they are and love them to Christ,” he said.

Nathan and his wife Kristen enjoy hiking, biking, and walking their dogs Ruthie the Labrador retriever and Tanner the cocker spaniel.

Randy LeBlancRandy 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.

Jameson Deering, Interim Children’s Minister

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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


Wade Hasty, Facilities Manager

Phone: 706-778-4412