GET TO KNOW OUR LEADERS
Carlton is a native of Wrens, GA and a graduate of Furman University. He received both the M. Div. and D. Min. degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. For thirteen years he served as Minister to Youth at FBC Greenwood, SC and, for ten years, as pastor at FBC Claxton, GA before coming to Commerce in 2005.
He is married to Donna Logan, who is a Registered Nurse. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. Elizabeth and her son, Colton, live in Commerce. Vicki lives in Register, GA along with her husband, Adam, and their daughter, Ellison. Carl is a teacher and baseball coach in Walton County, Ga.
Baseball is one of Carlton’s favorite pastimes. Along with watching the game, he announces and operates the scoreboard for the Commerce Tiger home baseball games. He also enjoys playing golf and reading and collecting Southern literature.
Carlton is the author of a collection of short stories, entitled Falling Toward Grace. He has written sermons for NextSunday.com and has had sermons and stories published in Baptist Today and The E-Street Journal.
Carlton enjoys living in a small town and thinks there is no better place in the world to live than NE Georgia.
Abigail is originally from Macon, GA. She was very involved at Highland Hills Baptist Church where she went on to serve as the Children and Preschool Ministry Intern for two summers after high school graduation. She also served as the Youth Ministry Intern at First Baptist Church of Athens for two and a half years. Abigail graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2020 with degrees in communication studies and French. After this summer, Abigail is leaving to spend a year in France working as an au pair and taking more French classes to further improve her language skills.
Abigail loves hanging out with youth and helping them navigate their middle and high school years. She is excited for this summer and the opportunity to watch this youth group grow and grow alongside them as well.
When not hanging out with youth, Abigail is an avid traveler and spends a lot of time looking at flight deals. She enjoys anything outdoors, including hiking and camping. She loves to cook, read, write, and play volley ball.
Todd Chandler is a native of Jackson County. He is a 1991 graduate of Jackson County Comprehensive High School and is now the choral director at his high school alma mater. He earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education in 1995 from Shorter College, his graduate degree from Piedmont College and his doctorate from University of Georgia. Todd currently resides in Commerce with his wife, Renee, and their three children.
He has conducted choirs and orchestras that have performed in prestigious concert halls and churches throughout Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, and Austria. The most recent international concerts were at the Berliner Dom and the French Cathedral in Berlin, Germany; Thomaskirche and St. Nikolaikirche in Leipzig, Germany; Marktkirche in Halle, Germany; and Schloss Belvedere, Weimar where instrumentalists from the Liszt School of Music Weimar joined forces with the American choir to record Faure’s Requiem.
In 2006, Todd conducted Dvoÿák’s Te Deum, Opus 103, accompanied by the Prague City Orchestra at the Lichtenstein Palace and St. Nicholas Church. In 2005, he conducted a combination of college music professors, high school and middle school music educators, college music majors, First Baptist Church Choir members and community choir members in performances at Santa Maria della Pieta in Venice, Italy; San Zeno Maggiore Church, Verona, Italy; and the Mozart Hall of the Teatro Nuovo in Verona, Italy. In 2004, he directed choirs at the Vienna Rathaus and Melk Abbey in Melk, Austria.
When Todd isn't working on music, he is spending time with his family at the lake or the beach. He enjoys water skiing, silly movies, camping in the mountains and is a history buff.
"Get that corn outta my face!" - Nacho Libre, personal hero
Georgia Parker grew up in Guyton, GA, just north of Savannah. She was raised in the church, and gave her life to Christ in 1999. Georgia fell in love with her church camp during the summers, where she found her passion for working with children. As a youth, Georgia taught children at her home church and became a camp counselor for 5 years.
Georgia graduated from Point University, earning a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies with a focus in Youth and Family Ministries in 2013. Since high school and throughout college, she has worked in several after-school, day care and preschool facilities while volunteering at local churches wherever she lived.
First Baptist hired Georgia as the part-time Children's Director in February of 2018. She became the full time Director of Children's Ministries and Social Media Ministries as of April 2019.
Georgia is passionate about teaching kids the big love that God has for them and the wonderful plans that He has for their future!
Georgia loves music, movies, doodling and any kind of art. In her free time, she loves to go on hikes, drink coffee, and hang out with friends and family who live in Commerce.
Mrs. Judy Eubanks has served as FBC pianist since 1985. She first began her service as church musician over fifty years ago (1965), at the age of 13. The former Judy White, she is a lifelong resident of Commerce and is a graduate of Commerce High School. She is married to Johnny Eubanks and they have two sons and three grandsons. She is retired from Commerce Printing, after 33 years as graphic designer. She is President of the Four Seasons Garden Club and is a member of the Commerce Athletic Booster Club. She loves watching her grandsons play sports and working among her flowers. After retiring, she is still doing design and printing from her home where she operates Judy's Print Shop.
Kathy Pruett is a life-long member of First Baptist Church of Commerce. Along with her family, Kathy was actively involved in the programs of the church. She served as church organist during high school. Kathy graduated from the University of West Georgia, moved to Atlanta and began her career in international hotel sales management.
Since Kathy and her husband, Ernie, moved back to Commerce, Kathy served as interim organist at the Commerce First United Methodist Church for 7 years and church organist at FBC Commerce for over 15 years. As well as her responsibilities as organist, she has participated in many activities of the church; she has served terms on the deacon board and several other standing committees.
Kathy and Ernie have three children and eight grandchildren. Since retiring, they spend most of their time on Lake Lanier enjoying time with family and friends.
Tami and her husband, Rick, make their home in Madison County although she admits they are still Commerce Tigers at heart. They have two daughters, Kellyn and Taylor. Tami began working at First Baptist in May of 2004. She and Rick are members of Union Baptist Church in Hull where she teaches a women’s Sunday school class. When she is not at FBC, she enjoys evenings on the deck with Rick, gardening, football in the fall, and a recent new hobby, experimenting with new recipes.
Martha began her service as financial secretary in May of 2006. Born in Toccoa, the family moved to Marietta, GA when she was an infant. Marietta is where she met and married her husband of 50+ years. After moves to California and South Carolina, Martha & husband, Don moved back to this area. In 1994 they purchased a farm in Franklin County on which a home built in 1910 stood. The past 25 years have been spent renovating & maintaining this old homeplace. The much needed work lead to the discovery of many abilities – plumbing, carpentry and such. Baking and gardening are just for fun!
First Baptist Deacons for 2019-2020
Chair, Terry Canup