Donations for Lost-n-Found Youth

During the month of December, Fresh Start (our contemporary worship service) is collecting donation items for homeless LGBTQ youth in Atlanta. Items needed include:

  • Small umbrella (needs to fit in a backpack)

  • Poncho

  • Neck scarves (for warmth)

  • $5 McDonald’s gift certificates

  • Old blankets (for sleeping outside – NOT NEW)

  • Candy bars (regular size, please)

  • Backpacks (prefer black and not large)

You may bring your donation items to any Fresh Start service in Carreker Hall during the month of December.

About Lost-n-Found Youth
Lost-N-Found Youth is an Atlanta, Georgia based nonprofit (501c3) that exists to end homelessness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) and all sexual minority youth. Learn more here.

Donate to DEAM in December


FBCD is collecting the following items during the month of December to distribute to D.E.A.M. You may place these items in the bins located throughout the building.

  • Soup of any kind

  • Canned Chili

  • Canned Baked Beans

  • Canned Beef Stew

  • Canned Ravioli

  • Small boxes of Corn Muffin Mix

  • Small pkgs. of Yellow Rice

  • Deodorant

  • Bar Soap

  • Toothpaste

  • Toilet Paper

DEAM is a ministry supported primarily by 22 area churches who seek to meet the emergency needs (food, clothing, financial) of the less fortunate in the community.

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Welcome Bill Neal

Dr. Bill Neal, Our New Interim Pastor to Senior Adults and Pastoral Care


I am so pleased to announce that our own Dr. Bill Neal has agreed to serve as our Interim Pastor to Senior Adults and Pastoral Care! These were two of the many roles that Bob Williamson filled for us for many years with such grace and competency. Now Bill is joining our staff in this interim role and has already made a huge impact.

You will see these words about him on our website:

William (Bill) Neal has enjoyed a long career in Baptist ministry, which includes campus ministry, religious journalism, the local church, and more recently, a statewide ministry for people with developmental disabilities.

He is a graduate of Columbus State University and earned his master’s and doctor’s degrees at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Bill has “retired” at least three times, but really enjoys staying busy so he has never really stopped doing some form of ministry.

He and his wife, Judy, have been members of FBC Decatur since 2004 and have been involved in many of the church’s ministries. Bill enjoys travel, reading, various hobbies, volunteer work for the church and several other organizations, and spending time with his four grandchildren.

In his pastoral care role, he has been visiting our homebound members, following up on those who have been recently hospitalized and going to our area hospitals. He is also coordinating visitation for the others of us on staff for additional shared hospital and homebound visitation.

In his role as Pastor to Senior Adults, he has already been meeting and planning with our Senior Adult and Young at Heart leadership and is helping to lay the groundwork for the coming months of work, visits, missions, ministry, trips and luncheons.

We are thrilled to welcome you to our ministry staff Bill. And we are honored to be serving with you!



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!

Welcome Center Volunteers –
Are you good at welcoming others, answering phones, and performing light administrative tasks? We need several individuals to become substitutes for our normal front office volunteers. If you’re interested in lending your talents Monday-Friday on an as-needed basis, please 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