Announcing Our New Senior Pastor

Dr. David Jordan New Senior Pastor at FBCD

On Sunday, January 14, 2018, our congregation called Dr. David Jordan to become the next Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Decatur! 

Dr. Jordan is coming to us from Providence Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he serves as the Teaching Pastor. Prior to Providence, David served as a senior pastor at churches in North Carolina and Maryland. 

Dr. Jordan brings strong communication and teaching skills, a passion for ministry and pastoral care, and a rich history of community outreach both locally and globally. He is a caring and personable leader with the experience, vision, and energy necessary to lead our diverse community into impacting lives for the Kingdom.

Dr. Jordan’s first day behind the pulpit with us will be Sunday, March 11, 2018. Although we are eager for him to begin, we consider it a priority to lift him and his family up in prayer as they transition out of the community they are in and make the move to Decatur.

In the meantime, David invites you to visit his website and peruse his writings, listen to his sermons, and more. You can find links to those below:

Published Works

You can also follow David on Twitter here.

Join us in praising God, congratulating David, and covering this new chapter at FBCD in prayer! 

Office Closed on January 15, 2018

Church Offices Closed January 15, 2018

Hey FBCD Family and Friends –

The church offices will be closed Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. If you have the day off, we encourage you to go out and volunteer, give, and invest your energies and free time in making a difference in the community.

We will resume normal office hours on Tuesday, January 16th.


Ballroom Dance Lessons


Ballroom Dance for Beginners

Is one of your new year’s resolutions to attempt something new? Take up ballroom dancing!

There is a new 7-week class series beginning January 25th at 8:30pm. Cost is $60 for the entire course. Registration ends February 1st.

Other classes include:

  • Ballroom 3 (7:00pm; $60)
  • Salsa (7:00pm; $65)
  • West Coast Swing (8:30pm; $65)

There is a 3-week "Lead and Follow" mini-course January 11 and 18th. Cost is $30 for the whole series.

Learn More

For more information, contact Bob Focht at or visit to learn more about this and other dance classes..

Comedy and Chicken

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Friday, February 9, 2018 | 6:00pm

Do you like to laugh? OF COURSE YOU DO! Then you should join us for "Comedy and Chicken," a family-friendly comedy night with Mike Haun and friends!

The cost is $10 per person at the door ($25 for families of four), and the money raised will help benefit the Music Ministry here at FBC Decatur. Dinner is included.

Oh, what's that? You need childcare?
Childcare WILL be provided!

So join us on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 6:00pm in Carreker Hall.


Pastor Search Committee Announcement

Announcement from Pastor Search Committee

We have some exciting news from the Pastor Search Committee (PSC)! Earlier in 2017, the PSC began the arduous task of searching for a permanent Lead Pastor at FBC Decatur and they believe they have found the right leader for our church at this time.

About the Candidate

Out of respect for the candidate and the church this person currently serves, we will not be sharing the name until closer to the Call Weekend. As details are finalized, we will share more information with the congregation. According to the PSC, the candidate has:

  • the experience and energy necessary to lead our diverse community
  • a history of leading staffs of different sizes, including mentoring younger leaders
  • a knowledge of Decatur, Atlanta, and our church
  • a strong pastoral care background
  • a strong track record of service and missions, both locally and globally
  • developed interracial and interfaith dialogue opportunities
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Call Weekend

In the meantime, you can mark your calendars for January 13-14, 2018. We will be having a “Call Weekend,” a time when the candidate will come to the church and meet with the congregation. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, January 13, 2018

  • 10:00am – Meeting w/ Deacons, Personnel, and Finance Committee members
  • 12:30pm – Lunch with church staff members
  • 2:30pm – Open House in Carreker Hall for Sunday School Group 1*
  • 4:00pm – Open House in Carreker Hall for Sunday School Group 2**

Sunday, January 14th, 2018 

  • 10:00am – Breakfast Forum with Candidate in Carreker Hall
  • 11:15am – Combined Worship Service in Sanctuary followed by Congregational Meeting

*SS Group 1: All classes from the Life Bible study class and up (including Welcome All, Pilgrims, LLL, Verdery, Fellowship, Adelphia, Alert, Keystone and Gleaners).

**SS Group 2: All other Adult classes, Youth, and Children, along with parents and all workers in these groups.

Thank you Pastor Search Committee!

We are deeply grateful for the hard work of the Pastor Search Committee. When you get an opportunity, thank these people for their role:

  • Keith Pierce, Chair
  • Kathy Kinlaw, Co-chair
  • Eddie Campbell
  • Tifanie Haun
  • Ronnie Jowers
  • Carla Stanford
  • Bob Woodson

We are excited to be entering into a new era here at FBC Decatur, one filled with hope, expectation, and new growth. Please join us in praying for the PSC as they continue to work diligently on this process, for the candidate, and for our church.

Give to D.E.A.M in December

Donate to D.E.A.M.

During the month of December, FBCD will be collecting items to give toward the food pantry. Donations can be placed in the bins throughout the building beginning the first of the month. Items needed include:

  • Grape or Strawberry Jelly
  • Cans of Chunky Beef or Chicken Soup
  • Cans of Mixed Vegetables
  • Canned Pinto Beans
  • Canned Cream Style Corn
  • Canned Pineapple
  • 1-lb. Packages of Yellow Rice
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Bar Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste

Thank you for your generosity as we seek to bring help to those in need in our local community!

Wednesday Advent Worship Services

Intergenerational Advent Worship Experience

For three Wednesdays during Advent, you are invited to join us for an intergenerational worship experience! On November 29th, December 6th, and December 13th, we will gather in Carreker Hall at 6:30pm and participate in a worship service that will help your entire family center on the true meaning of Christmas and the Advent season.

This is a worship experience for people of all ages, including children! All are welcome to join us.