Everyone gathering.

We welcome you to our church. As the ministerial staff, we humbly attempt to take up the towel and basin of ministry to our church and our community. We treasure walking with our people through every facet of their lives. We take seriously our calling to shepherd our church into the future. We seek to follow Jesus as His disciples; He is our point leader. We simply try to discern His voice, and, then, say, “Follow Him!”


John Adams Pastor Dr. John Adams was born in Bryan, TX and raised in Shelby, NC, where he attended Lily Memorial Baptist. John is a graduate of Furman University, Southeastern Seminary, and Baylor University. He enjoys spending time with family, biking, and reading. John's passion is to invite everyone to the banquet table of Christ. jadams@efbc.org
Rick Baumgarner Minister of Music Rev. Rick Baumgarner was born in Seneca and raised in Walhalla, SC, where he attended College Street Baptist. Rick is a graduate of Furman University and Southern Seminary. He enjoys spending time with family at Lake Keowee and watching his boys play ball. Rick's prayer is that God would use him to help others discover the joy of singing the Lord's praise as they serve Him. Facebookbaumgarner@efbc.org
David Hughes Minister of Students Rev. David Hughes is from Pickens, S.C. where he attended Pickens First Baptist and later became a member of Easley First Baptist. David is a graduate from Furman University. David enjoys learning, travel, fishing, sports, and watching Furman athletics. David desires to connect students to God’s word and watch it inspire them to be the leaders of the next generation in the church and the world. Facebookdhughes@efbc.org
James Pitts Minister of Pastoral Support Dr. James M. Pitts, a native of Washington, DC, is a graduate of Furman University, Southeastern Seminary, and Southern Seminary. An experienced pastoral counselor, he has worked in both congregational and hospital settings. His professional expertise includes crisis counseling, substance abuse intervention, and career guidance for persons in ministry. Jim and his wife Nancy are the parents have two adult sons and two daughters-in-law: Stewart (deceased) and his wife Kelley, and Jonathan and his wife Jackie. They are the proud grandparents of three grandsons, Will, Jon Walker and Colton, and a granddaughter, Lilli.