Dr. Mark Hearn - Senior Pastor
Mark is a native of Pulaski, Virginia where he accepted Christ and was baptized. It was there that he was ordained into the ministry and has served as pastor in six other churches prior to coming to First Baptist Duluth, Georgia. Previously, he was the Senior Pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been President of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana and a Trustee for Lifeway Christian Resources. His new book Technicolor: Inspiring Your Church to Embrace Multicultural Ministry chronicles the journey of First Baptist Duluth from mono- to multi-cultural ministry. Mark earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary. Mark is married to Glenda and they have four daughters, four grandsons and three granddaughters.
SoYoung Lee - Director of Preschool Ministries
SoYoung Lee grew up in Seoul, Korea and graduated from Ewha Woman’s University with B.A in Christian Studies & M.A in Christian Education. She is also a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX with M.A. in Christian Education, concentration in Childhood Education. She served as children’s minister at Resemblance of Christ Korean Baptist Church in Irving ,TX for six years, and her calling and passion is to set before each child the “Light of the Word”-who is Jesus-the only one who can save them, guide them, and keep them confident and sure, both now and forever.
SoYoung and her husband K.J. are raising two daughters, Claire and Caitlyne. She joined First Baptist Duluth in summer 2014 and loves to serve the Lord and reach out to people in both church and weekday preschool. She enjoys playing piano for her daughters as they play their cello and violin, spending time with her family & friends, organizing, reading, and scrapbooking.
Keith Murdock - Adult Pastor
A graduate of Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he and his wife Margaret have two adult children. Keith has served the Lord at First Baptist Duluth since August 1997. “First Baptist is a ‘seven-day-a-week’ church,” he says. “It reaches people with ministries every day of the week and at many locations — in the community, around the nation and around the world.” Keith and his wife, Margaret, live in Lawrenceville.
Abioye Tela - Local Ministry Intern
Abioye’s passion is in Missions, Prayer, Reenactment of the Apostolic Era and Leadership. He has been privileged to serve in various leadership capacities both in and out of his denomination while in Nigeria, West Africa. He is a Team player and one given to mentoring and capacity development, he is a graduate of the Osun State Polytechnic, the Bethel Institute of Theology and Biblical Research and the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso.
He has been privileged to be a denominational leader and Pastor in the Nigerian Baptist Convention as Pastor of the Livingstone Baptist Church of Festac Town in Lagos, Nigeria where he has served since August 2009. He is presently a student of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry with specialization in Strategic Leadership. Abioye is happily married to Adejoke Mof'Oluwake, and the union is blessed with AanuOluwapo and AnjolaOluwa.
Jan Langston - Director of Children's Ministry
Jan grew up in North Georgia and has been in the Atlanta area for the past 25 years. Jan has taught children for over 30 years and has served as Children’s Minister and Children’s Coordinator for the past 13 years at an area church. Jan and her husband, Terry, have a daughter, a son, and 3 grandsons.
Charlotte Kumar - Family Ministry Intern
Originally from New Delhi, India, Charlotte graduated from Southern Asia Bible College with Master of Divinity Program. Before coming to America, she ministered to women and Children through Good News Centre in New Delhi, and served as the Child Welfare officer at Bethlehem Children’s Home. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry Program from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, while working as our Family Ministry Intern at FBCD. Her passion is to reach out to local Indians and disciple them to grow in the Lord. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, reading and exploring new places. Charlotte is thrilled to see people at FBCD, passionate for God and His kingdom. She believes that “the earth will be filled with the glory of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” - Hab 2:14
Todd Jones - Student and Family Pastor
An Atlanta native, he is a graduate of the University of West Georgia and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Jennifer, and they have 2 sons and 1 daughter. Todd has served in four different churches in the metro area before coming to First Baptist on April of 2014. He loves anything Disney, Georgia Tech, or Beach related. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, reading, and listening to music.
Cindy Rhe - Global Ministry Intern
There are three homes in her heart. First is South Korea where she was born and raised. Second is Logos II, a mission ship of OM, where she served God as a missionary as sailing 40 countries with other missionaries from 35 countries, another family. Third is America where she is found at a wonderful church, First Baptist Duluth, where God has led her to be with this lovely family of God. She is so thankful and thrilled to be at FBCD because it is where her gift is being used as the Korean interpreter and where she is living accordingly what her name means – “connecting girl.”God has equipped her to be here as led her to study in Ewha Woman’s University, get the Master’s in pastoral counseling in Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary along with TESL certificate from Liberty University. She is married to Jeong–doo (Tom) Rhe and has 3 boys, Joseph, Joel, and Daniel. They live in the church’s mission house where she loves to take a walk and look at the beautiful church side skies every day with a grateful heart.
Nelson Galarraga - Interim Choir + Orchestra Director
Nelson and his wife Flavia, and their 2 daughters Gabriella and Isabel, have been a welcome addition to our staff as we continue to seek to love, reach, and disciple all people for Jesus Christ. With a bachelor's degree in music performance from University of North Texas, Nelson brings excellence and expertise to our music ministry along with a heart to see the nations and generations worship Jesus together. Nelson is the Director of Orchestras for Greater Atlanta Christian School, where he himself attended high school.
Mark Barneycastle -Global/Worship Coordinator
After traveling with Life Action Revival Ministries as a worship leader for 4 years, Mark joined the FBCD staff in August 2016. A graduate of Georgia State University with a B.A. in Linguistics, Mark loves to see nations come together to worship and serve God, and is excited to be a part of what God is doing among the nations here in Duluth. He married his beautiful wife Kendra in June 2015, and he enjoys reading, playing soccer and tennis, and deep conversations over good coffee.
TOM RHE - Minister of Recreation and Activities
A South Korea native, he and his family have been living the States since 2010. He is a graduate of DaeJeon Baptist Theological Seminary in South Korea, and received a Master of Theological Studies degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012, as well as a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017. He is married to Cindy, and they have three sons. He likes anything outdoor activities, sports, or travel related. The goal of his life is to give only God glory and praise.
Life Verse: “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26(NKJV)
“예수께서 가라사대 나는 부활이요 생명이니 나를 믿는 자는 죽어도 살겠고 무릇 살아서 나를 믿는 자는 영원히 죽지 아니하리니 이것을 네가 믿느냐?”(요한복음11: 25-26)
Karen Johnson - Ministry Assistant
Karen has served on the administrative staff since 2000. She also serves as church pianist. Her family moved to Duluth after her husband, Dennis, left the Air Force. They have three children and two grandchildren. Karen enjoys music, reading and especially playing with her grandchildren.
Cindy Parr - Ministry Assistant
Born in Korea yet raised in the south, Cindy serves as our Financial Ministry Assistant. She and her husband, Michael, have 2 sons (Michael and Trever) and joined the staff in early 2013. She loves to do anything creative, and enjoys all the variety that comes with her work here at First Baptist. She is passionate about discipling the next generation, enjoys photography, decorating, a lover of music and the outdoors. She keeps Starbucks in business and loves all things chocolate.