Reverend Philip Vestal


A native Texan, Rev. Philip Vestal is a third generation minister.  He was called to vocational ministry at the age of 14 and began preaching at the age of 16.  After receiving his B.A. in Religion from Baylor University and ordained into full time gospel ministry in 1992, Rev. Vestal has served as a youth evangelist, missionary, Associate Pastor and a Senior Pastor.  He began his ministry at FBC Commerce in September of 2022.   He is married to Melissa and they have 3 adult children.  Some of his hobbies include watching sports, playing golf, travel and he loves chocolate as well as the Andy Griffith Show.   Rev. Vestal’s life verse is Philippians 4:13. 



Etta Yaughn

Interim Director of Children's Ministries

Etta has been serving our church for many years as we have watched her share her gifts and talents volunteering in a variety of ways. She has volunteered on numerous occasions to help our children's ministry activities by leading the children's sermon during worship, teaching Sunday School and assisting with the children's choir. Etta graduated from Piedmont College where she was an English major and received a minor in Music. She also served as the Editor for the schools literary magazine, Trillium. Etta works as a Customer Service Representative for the City of Jefferson's water department. 


Kathy Pruett


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. 

Judy Eubanks


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.

Diane Henson

Administrative Assistant

Diane moved to Jackson County in 2016 from Gwinnett and is grateful to have found a home with FBC, beginning her work with them in December 2022.  She earned her Bachelor and Master degrees in Business Administration from Liberty University.  Her interests include cross-stitching and writing, and she enjoys being creative in a variety of ways.  She has done many free style forms of cross-stitch using photos as patterns, and she has written several children’s books about her two dogs, Harley and Elsa.


Martha Heisley

Financial Secretary

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!


Cameron Shirley

Social Media and Website

Cameron will promote and communicate events, programs, activities and ministries of the church to the congregation and community through our social media accounts and website. Cameron began her Commerce career as the Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor at Commerce High School. Currently, she is the Work-Based learning and Dual Enrollment Coordinator for Commerce High School and promotes Shirley Feed and Seed through their social media. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees from Clemson University and her Specialist degree from Auburn University. She married Matt Shirley in 2013 and they have two children, Jack and Beau.