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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.  Previously, he was the Senior Pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana where he led the church to excel in missions giving and missions involvement, having been on several domestic and international mission experiences himself.  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 that was published by Crossbooks Publishing.  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 one granddaughter.

Life Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)

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Dr. Jeremy Greer

Administrative Pastor
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An Atlanta native, he graduated with an Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, a Master’s of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Karen, and they have two sons. Jeremy has served here at First Baptist Church Duluth since August 2005. Prior to joining our staff, he served at First Baptist Church Atlanta and worked as an engineer in the software field.  In his free time, he enjoys reading, golf, and drinking coffee at Starbucks.

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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

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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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 students and kids,  enjoys photography, decorating, a lover of music and the outdoors.

She keeps Starbucks in business and loves all things chocolate.


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Jennifer Harrison

Ministry Assistant

Jennifer grew up in Atlanta and moved to Duluth in 1979.  She and Her husband, Wayne, have two children, and Nathan and Julie. She has served as our ministry assistant since 2007.  They are proud grandparents to Lizzy, Rhett, Jud, London and Jordan.

Jennifer serves many roles including the preschool, children, students and adults ministry.  In addition, she has a heart for India since her mission trips.   She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, loves baking, classic movies and a Georgia Tech fan.

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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.