Dr. T. Bart Kelley has been teaching since his late teens and has been in some form of ministry for 31 years. Pastor Kelley is passionate about Christ, His Word, and His presence. He began his official ministry with the Lord as a Youth Pastor in 1996 and then was voted in to be the Associate Pastor of Powdersville First Baptist Church in Easley, SC, four years later and the church saw a resurgence in every aspect of ministry. He was then called as the Associate Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Westminster, SC, and was voted in as the Senior Pastor nine months later where he served for 9 years where the church thrived. Pastor Kelley has served as Senior Pastor of FBC Barnwell since 2018 and the church has seen tremendous growth.
Pastor Kelley has education in and out of the ministry from several schools but in ministry has earned and been awarded a Bachelor of Theology, Master of Ministry, and a Doctor of Ministry. His life is dedicated to living by example and encouraging men and women how to live up to their full potential in Christ.
As an energetic communicator, Pastor Kelley is known for his heart, humor, and creativity! He has more than two decades of teaching and counseling, which enables him to reach others with humor, warmth, transparency, and strength. He is a devoted husband, father, teacher, conference speaker, role model, and mentor. As an effective communicator of God’s Word, Pastor Kelley is widely known for his practical and dynamic teaching style which helps people apply the timeless truths of Scripture to their everyday lives.
Pastor Kelley has been happily married to his wife, Tonya, for almost 30 years when they tied the knot in 1993. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Madison and Megan.
One of Pastor Kelley’s favorite verses is John 15:5, "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. "
Contact Pastor Kelley @ email@example.com
Dr. T. Bart Kelley
Jeremy R. Creech
Jeremy was born and raised in Barnwell, SC. He married his high school sweetheart Lesley on March 11, 2000. They have been blessed with 3 children: Natalie, Coleman, and Wyatt. Jeremy surrendered to the ministry at the young age of 37. He ran from the ministry for years, not realizing the call on his life. He was a church member always involved in church leadership, such as deacon, budget committee, Sunday School teacher, small group leader, etc. Jeremy moved from the pew to the pulpit in 2015 as a bio-vocational Youth Pastor at Mt. Beulah Baptist Church. In 2018, he surrendered to full-time ministry and accepted the call as Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church Barnwell. In 2022, Jeremy was named the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Ministry. Jeremy’s passion is equipping, encouraging, and challenging others with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dana S. Bell
Dana has served as the Director of Youth Ministries at First Baptist Church since August of 2022. She served as the Director of Children's Ministries at First Baptist Church from September 2014 through August 2022.. She holds a Master of Education Degree and is a certified coach with the John Maxwell team. She has worked as a teacher, coordinator and consultant. She is married to Steven Bell. They have two children, Presley and Jackson. Providing opportunities for others to grow and flourish into all that God has created them to be is her passion. Dana resides in Barnwell with
Michael has served as the Director of Music since March 2009. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Charleston Southern University and a Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. He has been one of the Band Directors in Barnwell 45 Schools since moving to Barnwell in 2004. Michael has been involved in the Music Ministry at FBC since moving to Barnwell and strongly believes that music can lead and prepare all for Worship.
Office Manager and Pastoral Secretary
Children's Ministry Director
The Creation Station
Child Development Center, Director
Receptionist / Publishing
Children's Ministry Assistant
Phil Hair, Maintenance Custodian
Doreen Bosko, Custodian
First Baptist Church Barnwell
161 Allen Street, Barnwell, SC 29812
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9AM - 4PM