Summer of the Spirit

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New Summer Worship Schedule

This summer we're changing things up at FBCD! During the summer months, so many people in our church community go to the beach, head to the mountains, and do what so many others do during the summer: RELAX! As a result, there are fewer volunteers available to help keep things running smoothly on a Sunday morning.

So in an effort to be better stewards of our time and energy, we're going to be merging both Fresh Start and Sanctuary worship together for June and July! Here is what the new schedule will look like June 3rd through July 29th:

Sunday School: 9:15am
Blended Worship (in the Sanctuary): 10:30am

We are incredibly excited for the opportunities this brings for our those in our church community to connect with one another. Our ministry staff has planned some fun worship experiences and additional opportunities, either before or after worship, for us to connect with one another.

See you this summer!


Volunteer Opportunities

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Interested in giving some of your time at First Baptist Church of Decatur?

We have a lot of volunteer opportunities you might be interested in!

Front Office Assistant – 
We're looking for people to help with small administrative-type tasks, as well as being a greeter, in the church's Front Office Monday - Thursday. We have a vital need for the morning shift (M-F) to be covered. If you're interested and are able to volunteer specific days only, contact Nancy Baines at

Worship Kids Care Team –
Do you have a passion for working with kids? We need people who are willing to teach kids classes and help our staff on Sunday mornings. If you're interested, contact Kristen Koger at

Sunday Morning Production Team –
Do you have experience working behind-the-scenes during events or worship services? We're looking for individuals who are interested in giving their time running sound boards, managing screen content on Sunday mornings, and more. If you're interested in helping out, contact Randall Hampton at

FBCD Arts Guild Gallery

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Myamar Fisherman #3 by Marc McElhaney

The FBCD Visual Arts Guild is hosting a beautiful new photography show by the Atlanta Photographic Society.

The show runs April 28 thru June 10, 2018.
Most images are for sale! (Perfect timing for Mother’s Day *coughhintcough*)

There are fifteen wonderful mini-portfolios (3 images each – 45 total photographs) that are showcased. Subjects are from next door to Antarctica to the far East. 

There will be a special reception on Sunday, May 6th from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the 3rd floor gallery where the show is located. Light refreshments will be provided!

Introducing Kelsey Lewis - New Pastor for Youth and Families

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On Sunday, April 29, 2018 - the FBCD congregation unanimously voted for Kelsey Lewis to become the new Pastor for Youth and Families at First Baptist Church of Decatur!

We are beyond thrilled to have Kelsey joining our ministerial team. The passion, poise, and vision she is bringing to our youth ministry will undoubtedly revolutionize our impact on the local community. Here is some more about Kelsey:

Kelsey is 28-years-old and is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. Raised in a Baptist household, she has taken an interest in her Christian faith since she was young. She attended the University of South Carolina with an undergraduate degree in business, where she also served as the president of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and was involved in summer missions through the BCM. After college she spent two years in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a missionary. In Buenos Aires, Kelsey did a demographic research project where she interviewed Argentinians about their faith background and had her own faith challenged and deepened. During this time she felt a call to full time ministry, but was unsure where opportunities would be available for her as a woman in her context. After her two-year term, she returned to South Carolina and worked as a mortgage banker. After two years in the banking industry, she left her job and moved to Atlanta to attend seminary at Candler School of Theology, where she re-discovered her Baptist identity within the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  In her free time, she loves travel, writing poetry and prose, cheering on her alma mater's football team, the South Carolina Gamecocks, and her dog Karl Bark. She is very excited about youth ministry and First Baptist Decatur. Her special interests at seminary have included Hebrew Bible and Biblical Scholarship, as well as integrating artistic elements into ministry and teaching.

Join us in welcoming Kelsey to the FBCD family! Her first Sunday with FBCD will be May 20th.