Meet Our Staff 

Senior Pastor

Dr. Bert Young joins us on January 15, 2017 as senior pastor.  Bert was born and raised in Hickory, NC.  He was raised, baptized, and ordained into ministry at Viewmont Baptist Church where his late grandfather, Rev. Albert A. Young pastored for 27 years and was named Pastor Emeritus.  Bert is a graduate of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, where he was awarded the "Smyth and Helwys Seminarian Award," the highest honor bestowed on one graduate each year.  For the past 13 years, Bert has served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Bladenboro. 

Bert's wife Tiffany is a talented artist and photographer with a real passion for mission work.  Tiffany grew up in Austin, TX and graduated from Baylor University and is a former school teacher.  They have three daughters, Lily Kate, Gwyneth, and Ainsley.  They love to sing and take dance classes. 

Director of Music

Larisa coordinates the Music Ministry of First Baptist Church. Having served since August 1993, she leads in ministry through Adult Choir, Handbell Choir, and Adult Ensemble. Larisa earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Mars Hill University.

Mickey Leapley

Youth Director

Mickey joins FBC Staff as part-time Youth Director.  Mickey has assisted with the FBC Youth program for 20+ years.  He and Larisa have 2 lovely daughters; Olivia and Sydney.  Olivia graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne and Sydney attends Appalachian State University.

Jamie Higginbotham

Jamie joins the FBC Staff as part-time Children's Director. Jamie has her associate's degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked in the childcare and preschool setting for over 20 years. She and her family have been members of FBC since 2012.  Her and her husband, Brian, have five beautiful children, Cole (22), Caleb (20) , Anabelle (16), Aurora (13), and Camden (11).

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Katie Rash 

Administrative Assistant

Tammy Prevette


Danny Stanley

Maintenance Supervisor

Sarah Howell

Financial Secretary