About FBC

Our Staff


  • Randy Darnell

    Pastor

    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. He also 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 near Six Flags.


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


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  • 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 teacher at Jones County High School. They have three biological children and one adopted daughter. 


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  • Logan Brasher

    Pastor of music and Creative Arts

    Logan was called to FBCG in the summer of 2018. Cultivating an environment of multi-generational corporate worship and renewing a love for congregational singing that reflects God's Word in totality is the core principle of his ministry.


    Before coming to FBCG, Logan served bi-vocationally in several churches throughout West Tennessee. He received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Union University (Ayo Bulldogs!) and is now pursuing a Master of Church Music degree from William Carey University.


    Logan married his wife, Rebecca, in 2015. Together, they have three children (Reagan, Kennedy, & Grant) and one fun-loving dog (Iris).


    In his spare time, Logan enjoys visiting state capitols, working around the house, and cheering for the Tennessee Volunteers.


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  • Austin Ussery

    Pastor of students and missions

    Austin grew up in middle Georgia. After completing his undergraduate studies at Clayton State University, he went on to receive an M.Div in Urban Missions from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was called to FBCG in November 2019. 


    Austin has been married to Lauralee since January of 2020. They are die-hard Georgia Bulldog fans, enjoy exotic coffee, and love doing ministry together.


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  • Susan Whitehurst

    office manager

    Susan is the newest member of the FBCG staff, coming on as office manager in February 2020. She and her husband Martin have been married since 2003 and they have one son (Zach). From time to time, you will see Susan and her family greeting you as you enter the church building on Sunday mornings. 


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