Our Team

Ministerial Staff

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Jeremy Morton

Senior Pastor


Jeremy and his wife, Carrie are lifelong Georgia residents who were church planters in the central part of the state for many years.  Jeremy became the senior pastor of Cartersville First Baptist Church in the fall of 2013.  Before coming to CFBC, Jeremy served as senior pastor at Cross Point Baptist Church in Perry since its inception in 2002.   He has been preaching since the age of 16.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christianity from Brewton Parker College in 2004, a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007, and upon completing his dissertation will receive his Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Jeremy’s hobbies include sports, reading, enjoying nature, and spending time with family.  Pastor Jeremy’s life purpose statement: “I aim to glorify God by being a faithful husband, supportive father, loyal friend, and loving leader.”

         Jeremy and Carrie are the proud parents of Zeke, Madie, and Abe.  The Morton’s believe God’s call upon their family is to immerse themselves in the local church. They have a clear passion for people and their community. Their earnest prayer is for God’s glory to be displayed in their personal and public life as a family.

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Jamie Azar

Preschool Ministry Director


I came on staff at CFBC in December of 2017 as the Preschool Ministry Director. After graduating from Bob Jones University, with an Elementary Ed. degree, I taught school for three years before transitioning into church ministry education. I served for over six years as the Weekday Education Director, for 13 years as a Children’s Ministry Director, and two years as a missionary in Japan. My late husband, Sam, and I have two adult children and  three grandchildren. Helping children learn about Jesus is my passion. It brings me great joy to hear that children love to come to church! Spending time with my family and friends is what I do when I am not serving at CFBC.

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Danny Barker

Minister of Pastoral Care


I first joined the staff of CFBC in 1996. I am now serving as the Minister of Pastoral Care and Staff Advisor to Senior Adults.  My wife, Kathy, and I desire to minister to the families of CFBC and to build lasting relationships. We also enjoy spending time with our two grown children and three grandchildren. I count it a joy and privilege to serve alongside the wonderful staff that God has put together here at CFBC. As an alumnus of Berry College, Liberty University, and Luther Rice Seminary, I have been serving churches in Georgia for 50 years.

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Royce Bishop

Minister of Discipleship


Royce has served in full time vocational ministry for over 30 years.   He is a graduate of the University of Louisville and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  In 2016,  Royce and his wife Lisa served as missionaries in the Dominican Republic.  His passion for ministry is to grow churches through discipleship and missions participation,  building meaningful relationships which are rooted in the love of Christ. Another of his passions is family.  As parents of four grown sons, Royce and Lisa have been blessed  to welcome four daughters-in-law and sixteen grandchildren to their family over the past several years.   Royce loves sports and traveling, especially mission trips.   


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Kyle Clayton

Student Minister


The Lord called me to transition from a high school baseball coach and history teacher to full time church ministry in May 2016. Teenagers are fun, and each day is an adventure as the Student Minister at CFBC! Being an example, teaching, and learning to follow where the Holy Spirit leads, showing grace, and sharing Truth fuel my ministry and my passion to serve students. My wife, Sarah Beth, and I have one son, Wyatt. While I love all things baseball, history, literature, movies, and music, my favorite pastime is watching Paw Patrol and playing with little cars with my son.

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Derrick Jackson

Worship Pastor


Labor hard, consume little, give much and ALL to Christ! I love serving Christ and seeing God's people connect through the power of the Spirit of God. I have served as a Worship Pastor for 18 years, including serving at CFBC since July 2016. My wife, Amber, and I are the proud parents of Will, Savannah, and Lilah Kate. When I am not spending time with family, I enjoy sports of all kind.

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Lisa Lovett

Children's Ministry Director


I have been on staff as the Children’s Ministry Director since June 2007, after serving for 10 years as a volunteer Student Ministry Lead. Being the Children’s Ministry Director allows me the privilege to watch children begin their personal relationships with Jesus and then grow in the relationship. My husband Brent and I have two daughters: Elizabeth, a junior in college and Emmalie, a senior in high school.  In my spare time, I volunteer in our local schools helping teachers, mentoring students, and having lunch with children from church. I also volunteer in our community, but mostly, I enjoy being together with my family.

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Drew Startup

Associate Pastor


I have been in church ministry since July 2012. My first four years, I served in student ministry and have spent the last two years serving as the Associate Pastor of CFBC. Listening to people, encouraging people, and building relationships with people at our church and in our community are specific areas that God has directed me to follow Him. My wife, Lauren, and I have four beautiful blessings: Price, Henley, Ellany Kate, and Beckett. As a former high school math teacher and baseball coach, I enjoy coaching baseball, playing ping-pong, and spending time with my family and friends.

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Mike Taylor

Interim Minister of Education


I joined the staff at CFBC as Interim Minister of Education in January 2017, while also continuing to serve as a State Missionary and Consultant for Adult Groups and Faith Development of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.  Barbara and I married in 1982 and have three adult children and four grandchildren. With a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries from Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, I began full time ministry in 1984 as a youth pastor. During my 34 years of ministry, I have served in making disciples through small groups, such as Sunday School or other Bible Study opportunities, in North Carolina, Arkansas, and Georgia, while serving in the areas of Christian Education, Administration, Missions, Interim Pastor and Children’s Ministry. When I am not in the ministry field or with family, I enjoy woodworking and working with technology.


Office & Support Staff

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Logan Bagley

Media & Tech Director


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Michael Carroll

Worship Ministry Associate


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Buddy Childs

Office Administrator


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Ann Eubanks

Administrative Assistant


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James Gilstrap

Facilities Coordinator


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Sonya Johnson



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Janice Leary

Preschool Ministry Assistant


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Bobbie Mansfield

Church Hostess


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Bonnie Mayzes

Finance Ministry Assistant


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Lori Mitchell

Senior Pastor's Assistant


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Sandy Morris

Ministry Assistant


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Brooke Slocumb

Children's Ministry Assistant


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Leigh Anne Strain

Preschool Ministry Assistant




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Andy Bishop


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Ray Caraway


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Shep Helton


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Gene Lee


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Jack Mansfield


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Curtis Morris