Meet Our Pastor
Dr. Mark A. Howell has served as Senior Pastor at First Baptist since 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN where he was privileged to play linebacker on the 1986 National Championship football team. He also holds both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Dr. Howell has been in the ministry for twenty-five years and has served churches in Texas, North Carolina, Kentucky and Arkansas. Additionally, he served on the faculty of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky as Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Ministries. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor for both Midwestern and Southeastern Baptist Seminaries. He has a passion for taking the gospel to the nations and has been privileged to preach the gospel around the world. Dr. Howell has led mission teams to Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Kenya, South Africa, India, Nepal, Argentina, Russia, Ukraine, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore. Currently, he serves as a trustee of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He has also served on the Executive Committees of both the Southern Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. He is married to Carmen, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Counseling from the Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. The Howells have two daughters and a Labrador Retriever. Dr. Howell is an avid hunter and runner and enjoys being outdoors.
Be sure to check out his newly released book "Exalting Jesus in 1 and 2 Thessalonians" (part of the Christ-Centered Exposition Series published by Broadman Academic).
You can follow Dr. Howell on Twitter: @DrMarkAHowell