About FBC

Our Staff

  • Rev. Randy Darnell


    Randy became the Senior Pastor of FBCG on July 13, 2014 with the goal of changing the world. He believes that the only way to that is through Jesus. He sees his calling as a mandate to remind everyone possible that Jesus is real, that He loves them and that following Jesus is an exciting experience. Following an unconventional career path, Randy has served bi-vocational and senior pastorates in Georgia as well as worked for a major telecommunication carrier for 15 years.

    Randy graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 1987. He graduated from Mercer University (Go Bears!) in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Christianity and minoring in Greek. Randy was born at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri and was raised in Austell, Georgia very near Six Flags.

    Randy married Renee’ Jones in 1983. They have three wonderful children, Anna, Benjamin and Luke, all currently attending college.

    You can email Pastor Randy at randy@firstbaptistgray.org.

  • Rev. Beau Washburn

    Pastor of Students and Missions

    Beau was born and raised in Jones County. He was called to First Baptist as the Pastor of Students and Missions in January of 2016. Before his time at FBC, he was obtaining his Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and serving as a Pastoral Intern at Ninth and O Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in 2011 from Georgia College. Before submitting to the call to full time ministry, he worked in the family painting business and as a licensed real estate agent.

    Beau’s ultimate goal in ministry is to work diligently to further God’s Kingdom. He wants to partner with families to teach and disciple the next generation of the church, while sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost at every opportunity. 

    Beau married Lacy Ferguson of Baxley, Georgia on June 4, 2011. They have two young daughters, Parker and Chandler.

    You can email Pastor Beau at beau@firstbaptistgray.org     

  • Mrs. Laura Wright

    Director of Family Ministry

    Laura began her ministry at First Baptist on January 1, 2008 after graduating in December 2007 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Laura loves being back in Central Georgia near her hometown of Jackson, GA.

    Laura’s passion is to see the church partner with families to equip parents to raise fully devoted followers of Christ. At the same time, she also desires to see First Baptist carry out its purpose through reaching the community with the love of Christ, caring for one another in the church, growing as a devoted follower of Christ, and serving those inside and outside of the church.

    While in Gray, Laura met Daniel Wright, a coach and teacher at Jones County High School. They have two young children Sarah Elizabeth and Joshua who love tagging along to all of Daddy's games and as many Major and Minor league baseball games around the country they can fit into a summer. 

    You can email Laura at laura@firstbaptistgray.org.

  • Mrs. Perrin Gantt

    Office Manager

    Perrin began working at FBC while she was attending college in 1978. She graduated from Georgia College and State University with a degree in Business Management in 1981.

    Perrin is the backbone of the everyday work at FBC. From keeping up with the needs of the church family, scheduling events, publishing information for the body, and offering a listening ear to all who need it; her compassion and wisdom are invaluable to FBC.

    Perrin is married to David Gantt, and together they run Gray Quick Lube here in town. They have two sons, Gene and Britt. In her free time she enjoys gardening, reading and her newest adventure, quilting.

    You can email Perrin at perrin@firstbaptistgray.org.

  • Mrs. Tia Litke

    Director of Middle School Ministry

    Tia has been a member of First Baptist Gray since 2014, and was recently called to be the Director of Middle School Ministries in January 2016. She has been a school teacher for 22 years, 17 of which were in Jones County, and has devoted her life to working with young people. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in Education from West Georgia University.

    She and her husband Brad have felt a calling to work with youth since they were just passed youth themselves. They have worked with youth and children’s ministries at four different churches throughout Georgia from 1992 to the present.

    Tia’s passion is helping students to see how God sees them. Being an artist, she believes that God sees each person as a masterpiece, even when we do not believe it ourselves. He created each person with his design and plan in mind, and each person has a purpose they must fulfill with their lives.

    She sees God’s Love and Grace as the most amazing gifts a person can receive. It is her desire to show the love of Christ to her students and their families, and it is her hope that in doing so, student’s lives will be changed and they will be emboldened to share the gift of Christ with those that they know. She wants the world to be changed one student at a time.

    You can email Mrs. Tia at tia@firstbaptistgray.org