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 teacher at Jones County High School and now the Men's Ministry Director of First Baptist. They have three biological children and are foster parents. 

    You can email Laura at laura@firstbaptistgray.org.

  • Rev. Logan Brasher

    Pastor of Worship and Creative Arts

    Logan was called by God to First Baptist Gray from Memphis, TN in the summer of 2018. He is a firm believer in the concept that congregational singing should reflect God's Word in totality. Singing together "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs" is his number one priority.

    Before coming to FBCG, Logan served bi-vocationally in several churches throughout West Tennessee. He received a B.M. in Music Education from Union University (Ayo Bulldogs!) in 2015.

    Logan is married to Rebecca and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Reagan and Kennedy. 

    You can email Logan at logan@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.

  • Mr. Michel Abney

    Director of Middle School Ministry

    Michael joined the FBC Gray staff in the summer of 2018 after serving with the Student Ministry as a volunteer for a few years. For his day job, Michael serves as the Jones County Extension Agent.

    He and his wife Andrea have one daughter, Amelia who keeps them on their toes. 

    You can email Michael at michael@firstbaptistgray.org