On Sunday, June 21, the Personnel Committee recommended Billy Roberts for the position of Interim Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church Decatur. The recommendation had also been affirmed by the Finance Committee and the Deacon Council. Based on the current transitional environment at FBCD, the Personnel Committee elected to focus on internal candidates. Three people were interviewed by a panel consisting of Josephine Brody, Jess Davis, Leslie Madden, Courtney Mwangura, Karen Owen, Debra Pyron, Lisa Tyler, Matt Visser, and Scott Winn.
Following both Fresh Start and Sanctuary worship on June 21, the congregation voted to accept the recommendation to call Billy Roberts as the Interim Youth Pastor.
Billy received his Master of Divinity degree from McAfee School of Theology in 2012. He graduated in 2009 from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Management with Marketing and Social Psychology certifications. Billy is married to Katie and they are parents to Sam who is 9 months old.
Billy is no stranger to First Baptist Decatur and many will recall that he served as Summer Youth Ministries Coordinator in 2012. Since then he has worked with Habitat for Humanity International's corporate office and most recently has been a stay-at-home dad. Billy has remained an active member of the FBCD congregation, including participation in the Second Cup Sunday School class and coordination of the Fresh Start Tech Team.
Billy's experience with the FBCD youth program has strengthened his commitment to create a safe place where youth can express themselves freely as they develop in their faith. He recognizes these years are important in fostering the critical thinking necessary for strong spiritual foundations. Billy is excited about "the impact these young lives could have on our church, the City of Decatur, the people they meet on mission, my life, and my family's life."
Billy will transition into the Youth Pastor role as Leanna Coyle-Carr leaves to begin graduate studies at Wake Forest University School of Divinity later this summer.