Dr. Maurice Hollingsworth began serving as the Senior Pastor in January 2014.
He and Nancy Blass Hollingsworth have celebrated twenty-seven years of marriage together. They have two adult children, Elizabeth J. Hollingsworth and Blass Hollingsworth.
He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Memphis, Magna Cum Laude, 1984. While a student at the University of Memphis, he served as the school mascot. He was named by the Pi Kappa Alpha National Fraternity as the most outstanding undergraduate in the nation in 1984, receiving their coveted Powers Award for graduate study.
After a brief time with Proctor & Gamble in medical sales, Maurice entered Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. There he met Nancy Blass and they were married in 1986. While at SWBTS, he earned a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in New Testament. During his seminary days, he was the pastor of Baker Baptist Church in Weatherford, Texas.
Upon completion of his doctoral studies, He and Nancy were appointed as IMB missionaries to Taipei, Taiwan, where he taught in Mandarin at the Taiwan Baptist Theological Seminary. As IMB strategy shifted away from formal theological education in 1999, they were called to serve a church in Jackson, Tennessee.
Dr. Hollingsworth served as the executive pastor of West Jackson Baptist Church with responsibilities over senior adult ministries, physical plant, business administration, and much of the church mission effort. He recently served First Baptist Church of Las Cruces, NM as their senior pastor.
Dr. R. Maurice Hollingsworth, Senior Pastor
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Gene Wright is the Worship Pastor at Shelbyville First Baptist Church. Prior to joining the staff, he served at churches in Kentucky and Indiana.
Gene is married to Joanna and they have two children, Jamie and Marcie. Gene loves the outdoors and plays the keyboard for Saddlebred Horse shows across America.
Gene is a graduate of the University of Kentucky (B.M.E.) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.C.M.).
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Geoffrey McGillen is the Senior Adult Pastor at Shelbyville First Baptist Church. Prior to assuming his current role, he served the church as organist and music assistant. Before coming to Shelbyville, Geoffrey served as Minister of Music at several different churches in Indiana, Texas, South Carolina, and Kentucky.
Georffrey is married to Mary Shannon and they have one adopted son named Jesse Daniel. Geoffrey teaches keyboard privately, runs all kinds of model train gauges for senior adults and children, and accompanies the high school choir as needed.
Georffrey completed doctorate work at Ball State University (D.A. in Musical performance and Music History, 1989) and post-doctorate studies at University of Texas (Austin). He toured as a concert pianist and performed with The Louisville Orchestra along with The Charleston (SC) Symphony. He also taught all levels of public and private education.
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Chad Lynn is the Children and Recreation Pastor at Shelbyville First Baptist Church. Before coming to Shelbyville, Chad served at churches in Mississippi, Texas, and Missouri.
Chad is married to Erin and they have two children, Rebekah and Rachel. He enjoys spending time with his family and cheering for Ohio State. Chad graduated from Missouri State University (B.S. in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.A.C.E.)
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Jenny Witham, Administrative Assistant
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Liz Ellis, Administrative Assistant
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Tamara Murphy, Financial Administrative Assistant
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Vicky Spencer, Custodian
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