Larry Jones
Intentional Interim Pastor

Larry is a retired pastor and military chaplain.  He has also served as a denominational employee.  He is certified by the Association for Intentional Interim Ministry. Larry completed his undergraduate work at Samford University in Birmingham.  He received a Master of Divinity Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1980.  Larry also holds a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the United States Army War College. Larry is married to Karen Hampton.  She is also a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served as a Minister of Music, a Minister with Children, and a music teacher in private and public school systems. Karen and Larry’s older daughter, Meghan, is married to Grant Degler – employed by the United States Census Bureau.  Meghan is a Spanish teacher and is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy Degree at the University of North Carolina.  Karen and Larry’s younger daughter, Mallory, was killed in an accident at the beginning of her senior year of college. You can reach Larry at

Justin Bell
Associate Pastor

Justin joined us in September of 2016 and is our Associate Pastor of Youth and Children. He works closely with the families in our church to provide holistic gospel transformation at church and home. Justin grew up in the United Methodist Church, but received his MA in Ministry Leadership from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest. He has now made his home with us in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and loves the opportunity to work with the students and families in the church. His favorite passage of scripture is Galatians 1:10 and he has an enormous love for anything chocolate! You can reach Justin at

Pat Eaton
Playschool Director

Pat began working at FBC in August of 1986 and has served as director of the FBC Playschool since March of 1998.  She is married to Ken and has three children: Bethany, Cory, and Tyler.  Pat is a graduate of Appalachian State University (B.A.) and Gardner-Webb University (B.S.).  She considers the playschool her ministry and loves working with children and their families.  As Playschool Director, Pat believes children should have ample time for play and imagination as they learn.  You can reach Pat directly at 336.790.1548.


Sherry Norman
Administrative & Financial Assistant

Sherry joined the staff of FBC as Administrative and Financial Assistant in June of 2017. She resides in Jonesville with her husband, Todd. They have two children, Dale and Tiffany and three grandsons, Hayden, Eli and Jace. She volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem with the NC Court system, advocating for abused and neglected children. She enjoys the time that she spends with the children and the foster families that care for them. You can reach Sherry by calling our office: 336-835-1998.

Lance Newman
Director of Music

Eric Cook


A Pennsylvanian native and resident until three years ago, Eric has been a Christian since high school when he joined the local Baptist church he attended since he was a child, Franklin Union Baptist of Worthington, Pennsylvania.  While attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania, working toward a BA in History he began serving in church music as an organist and later after additional training as a choir master and hand-bell choir director.  Eric has served serving Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Episcopal Churches in western Pennsylvania and then Montana.   He played the cello in the University orchestra and chamber ensembles and studied organ performance with Dr. Carol Teti and Dr. Christine Clewell.   Later he obtained a master's degree in education, and he has taught in public and private schools in Pennsylvania, Montana, and now Millenium Charter Academy in Mount Airy where he and his family reside.  Before teaching, Eric worked as a pipe organ builder and technician with Luley and Associates of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He and his wife, Rebecca, founded the Ivy Leaf Orchestra in Pennsylvania, a 15 piece ensemble that performs music for live screenings of silent films.  In his free time, Mr. Cook enjoys playing piano and organ for live screenings of silent films, canoeing, hiking, antique toy trains, cooking, vegetable gardening, and reading.  He has two children, James and Miriam and is very happy to be serving God through music again, and he and his family have found a kind and loving welcome at First Baptist.