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Dr. Mark Hearn

Senior Pastor
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Mark is a native of Pulaski, Virginia where he accepted Christ and was baptized.  It was there that he was ordained into the ministry and has served as pastor in six other churches prior to coming to First Baptist Duluth, Georgia.  Previously, he was the Senior Pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been President of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana and a Trustee for Lifeway Christian Resources.  In 2009, he authored the book Being Church 101.  His new book Project 57: A Church’s Journey From Monocultural to Multicultural Ministry is being published by Holman Publishing this year. Mark earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary.  Mark is married to Glenda and they have four daughters, four grandsons and two granddaughters.

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Keith Murdock

Adult Pastor
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A graduate of Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he and his wife Margaret have two adult children. Keith has served the Lord at First Baptist Duluth since August 1997. “First Baptist is a ‘seven-day-a-week’ church,” he says. “It reaches people with ministries every day of the week and at many locations — in the community, around the nation and around the world.” Keith and his wife, Margaret, live in Lawrenceville.

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Travis Boyd

Music & Worship Pastor
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Travis has served on staff at First Baptist since November 2008, coming to our church from First Baptist Church of Pryor, Oklahoma.  He became a Christian at age 23, and was called into the ministry while teaching in the public school system of Velma, Oklahoma.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and his Master’s Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He and his wife, Cindy, have a married daughter, Meredith, and six sons; Jared, Zachary, Braden, Logan, Austin, and Camden.

Travis is a composer and arranger of solo, choral, and instrumental music.  He currently has several pieces in print with Shawnee Press, Lorenz Music, Choristers Guild, and LifeWay.  He is a past president of the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma and currently is an active member of the Sons of Jubal.  His hobbies include golf and being a “handyman” around the house.

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Todd Jones

Minister of Students
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An Atlanta native, he is a graduate of the University of West Georgia and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Jennifer, and they have 2 sons and 1 daughter. Todd has served in four different churches in the metro area before coming to First Baptist on April of 2014. He loves anything Disney, Georgia Tech, or Beach related. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, reading, and listening to music.

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Jan Langston

Director of Children's Ministry
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Jan Langston, our Children’s Director, grew up in North Georgia and has been in the Atlanta area for the past 25 years. Jan has taught children for over 30 years and has served as Children’s Minister and Children’s Coordinator for the past 13 years at an area church. Jan and her husband, Terry, have a daughter, a son, and 3 grandsons.

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SoYoung Lee

Director of Preschool Ministries
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SoYoung Lee grew up in Seoul, Korea and graduated from Ewha Woman’s University with B.A in Christian Studies & M.A in Christian Education. She is also a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX with M.A. in Christian Education, concentration in Childhood Education. She served as children’s minister at Resemblance of Christ Korean Baptist Church in Irving ,TX for six years, and her calling and passion is to set before each child the “Light of the Word”-who is Jesus-the only one who can save them, guide them, and keep them confident and sure, both now and forever.

SoYoung and her husband K.J. are raising two daughters, Claire and Caitlyne. She joined First Baptist Duluth in summer 2014 and loves to serve the Lord and reach out to people in both church and weekday preschool. She enjoys playing piano for her daughters as they play their cello and violin, spending time with her family & friends, organizing, reading, and scrapbooking.

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Tom Rhe

Local Ministry Intern

A South Korea native, he and his family have been living the States since 2010. He is a graduate of DaeJeon Baptist Theological Seminary in South Korea, a Master’s of Theological Studies degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. He has been studying Master of Divinity since 2013, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Duluth. He is married to Cindy, and they have three sons. He likes anything outdoor activities, sports, or travel related. The goal of his life is to give only God glory and praise.

Life Verse: “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26(NKJV)

“예수께서 가라사대 나는 부활이요 생명이니 나를 믿는 자는 죽어도 살겠고 무릇 살아서 나를 믿는 자는 영원히 죽지 아니하리니 이것을 네가 믿느냐?”(요한복음11: 25-26)

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Charlotte Kumar

Family Ministry Intern

My name is Charlottee Kumar. I am from New Delhi, India, graduated from Southern Asia Bible College with Master of Divinity Program. Before coming to America, I ministered to women and Children through Good News Centre, New Delhi, India.  I served as the Child Welfare officer at Bethlehem Children’s Home for three years.  At present I am pursuing my Doctor of Ministry Program from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I am working as a Family Ministry Intern at FBCD to reach out to the local Indian Community.  My passion is to reach out to local Indians and disciple them to grow in the Lord. In my free time I enjoy listening to music, reading and exploring new places.

I am very glad to be here at FBCD. I am very thrilled to see people at FBCD, passionate for God and His kingdom. I believe that “ the earth will be filled with the glory of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea”. Hab 2:14

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Mark Barneycastle

Global Ministry Intern

After traveling with Life Action Revival Ministries as a worship leader for 4 years, Mark joined the FBCD staff in August 2016. A graduate of Georgia State University with a B.A. in Linguistics, Mark loves to see nations come together to worship and serve God, and is excited to be a part of what God is doing among the nations here in Duluth. He married his beautiful wife Kendra in June 2015, and he enjoys reading good books, playing soccer and tennis, and deep conversations over delicious coffee.

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Cindy Parr

Ministry Assistant

Born in Korea yet raised in the south.  Cindy serves as our Financial Ministry Assistant.  She and her husband, Michael, have 2 sons (Michael and Trever) and joined the staff in early 2013.

She loves to do anything creative, and enjoys all the variety that comes with her work here at First Baptist.  She is passionate about discipling the next generation,  enjoys photography, decorating, a lover of music and the outdoors.

She keeps Starbucks in business and loves all things chocolate.

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Karen Johnson

Ministry Assistant

Karen has served on the administrative staff since 2000.  She also serves as church pianist.  Her family moved to Duluth after her husband, Dennis, left the Air Force. They have three children and two grandchildren.  Karen enjoys music, reading and especially playing with her grandchildren.