Senior Paster

Lamont Hemminger

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God amazes me every day! From the moment I get up to the moment I lay down at night, God's amazing grace permeates everything we do. At 12 years old I received Jesus as Lord of my life and the real adventure began. The adventure included marrying Alicia whos is beautiful, talented, and has a passion to share Christ with others. Our co-adventurers in this journey include our daughters Krista and Madeline.

Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths

Associate Pastor of Mission and Outreach

John Rosal

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John is the pastor of the Hispanic congregation at FBC and the associate pastor of discipleship and outreach.  Born in Chicago of a Guatemalan father and an American mother, John was raised in Guatemala, Central America, and is two hundred percent bilingual and bicultural.  He married his wife, Jeanne, in 1983, and they have two children, Rebecca and John Michael, and one grandchild, Elena Marie.  He has been at FBC since 2006.

John came to know Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior as a teenager in Guatemala.  After graduating from high school, God called him into the ministry.  He returned to the US to attend Bible College.  He has served the Lord in missionary work, in various lay ministries in the local church, and in pastoral ministry.  He has completed graduate studies in world missions, management and accounting.

A Bible verse that has meant a lot to him over the years is found in Philippians 3:7–11 (NASB95)

          7      But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.

          8      More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,

          9      and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,

          10      that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;

          11      in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.


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Worship Leader

Rhonda ` Wells

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I cannot remember a time in my life when I was not in church and involved with church music. My Mama, Joyce Williamson Hathaway was Choir Director at our home church and my Daddy, Larry Phillip Hathaway sang in the choir as well as performing many solos. Also part of a men’s quartet, Daddy sang lead and Mama played the piano. I started singing on the piano stool with my Mama and Daddy at an early age and then began playing piano for our Junior Church. I have been singing and playing for the Lord ever since I can remember!

I accepted Christ as my Savior during a revival service when I was five years old. I was sure I did not want to go to hell but instead wished to go to Heaven to be with Jesus! Through my childhood and teenage years, my relationship with Christ steadily grew. Though I made many wrong choices, God always proved His love and faithfulness to me. I married my high school sweetheart, Robin Wells and we have two children, Lee and Rachel. My family gained another Rachel (Thompson) Wells when she and Lee married. We enjoy living in Tarboro, North Carolina among our extended family and friends and though I still make some wrong decisions, God continues to show His loyalty and devotion to me!

Throughout my life, God has allowed me many opportunities to sing and play with different gospel groups. I have also enjoyed singing in our adult choir, playing the piano, and leading the youth choirs at my home church. More recently, God has provided for me to work with the music programs at several local churches. Through the group Thankful Heart, God has given me the chance to minister and worship through song with two awesome Christian women, Angie Andrews and Kim House. God has continued to grow my love for Him and His music! I love singing and playing here in this world and look forward to the day when I join my Daddy and many other great Christian family and friends, praising God for all eternity! 

Church Secretary

Frances Wright

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Administrative Secretary, Frances Wright

Frances came to Tarboro from Charlottesville, Virginia in 1994 due to her husband, Harold’s job transfer.   They immediately became active at First Baptist-Tarboro and have served the Lord in various capacities.  Frances retired from Edgecombe County as Purchasing Agent in 2008 and later joined the staff at FBC in November 2010.  Having grown up in a Christian home and attended a Presbyterian church, she gave her life to Christ at the age of 13.  After her marriage in 1966, she joined the Baptist Church.  Throughout the years, she has continued to serve the Lord, attending church regularly, teaching Sunday School, a member of the choir and served on various committees as well as chair of the Budget and Finance and was ordained as a deacon in 2010.   Frances believes in doing random acts of kindness whether it be taking a homemade cake to a shut-in, supplying tomatoes from their garden to friends,  helping someone in need, or giving support.  In 2004, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and has continued to use her journey to help other cancer patients.  She is actively involved in a monthly cancer support group and is a Lay Health Advisor, encouraging people to be pro-active in receiving tests, check-ups, etc.  The verse she lives by daily is “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13.

Financial Secretary

Phyllis Griffin


Financial Secretary since 2001.
Phyllis was born in Tarboro, NC where she has lived all her life.
She and her husband, David, were in business in Tarboro for over 22 years where she worked as Secretary for their company.
Being a child of God since the age of 14 is the most important part of her life.
David (son) and his wife Stephanie, Gay (daughter) and her husband Mike along with her five grandchildren are the blessings she enjoys most. Her three sisters and
brothers-in-law are her great supporters
The First Baptist Church family and friends are like her extended family.

A favorite scripture:
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.



ChIldren's MInistry

Alicia Hemminger

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Jesus said, "Let the little children come unto me."  There is nothing more important to me than sharing Jesus with children.  My love for Christ shines the most when leading children in learning about Jesus. I came to know Jesus as my Savior as a young child in the kitchen at my Granny's home.  My Granny taught the beginners class at my home church for 25 years, it was through her love for children that mine grew.  My heart is to minister to children and help them grow in a relationship with Jesus.   

Preschool Director

Beth Weathersbee

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