• Dr. John Matthews


    A Mississippi boy at heart, John grew up in Columbus but spent the first 15 years or so of ministry in Louisiana.  It was there while working as a student minister he experienced the call to the pastorate. He has had the joy of serving as pastor here in Hazlehurst since 2010. 
    Most people say he married up (and he readily agrees) when he married Tonya.  The two have three awesome kids: Alex, Abby, and Andrew.  John is a Mississippi State grad and got his M.Div. and D.Min from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 

  • Rev. David Prevost

    Minister of Music

    Having grown up in FBC Hazlehurst, David returned home in May of 2019, serving as our Interim Minister of Music after years of faithful full-time ministry across our state.  It was soon clear that the Lord had other plans beyond "interim" ministry here and David officially was called as the church's Minister of Music in January of 2020.  His love for Jesus and his heart for leading people in worship bring depth and strength each Sunday as we gather. 

  • Rev. Nathan Morris

    Minister to Students and Families

    Nathan joined us in September of 2021 as our new Minister to Students and Families.  His passion is relational ministry that is intentional in reaching the entire family.  Nathan is excited about seeing students coming to know Jesus and then growing as His disciples. 

  • Taylor Raybon

    Children's Director

    Taylor joined us as Children's Director in May of 2019.  Her heart beats for this community and the families that live in it.  Taylor is investing in children so they can see just how awesome our God is and equipping and encouraging parents as they lead their homes.  Children who are following God are the result of the church and families working together to point them to Jesus! 

  • MaRie King

    Ministry Assistant

    Marie joined us the beginning of 2015 and hit the ground running.  When you come by the office or give us a call, Marie is the one you will usually interact with first.  We know you'll discover, if you haven't already, what a great asset she is to this church. 

  • Janet Hankins

    Ministry Assistant

    Despite being an avid Alabama fan, Janet is a tremendous blessing to our office and ministry team.  The "office manager" is a key part of the team that keeps everything moving together smoothly.  She has been a wonderful part of the staff here since 2001.  In addition to her service in the office, she is actively involved throughout the life of the church through continual service and encouragement of others. 

  • Sandra Hall

    Ministry Assistant

    Sandra came on board in 2013 and does a tremendous job as she works alongside our stewardship team with the church's financial matters.  Sandra offers great insight with her wise input across the church fellowship.  Though relatively new on staff, her influence and leadership in the church is far reaching and important.