Our Staff

Pastoral Staff

Randy Shepley

Senior Pastor
rshepley@fbcnn.org

Randy became the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Newport News, in March of 2015 after seven years as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Tucker, Georgia.

Randy received his BA in History and Christianity from Mercer University, his Masters of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and his Doctor of Ministry from the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. Randy is passionate about helping people who are disconnected from God begin or renew their spiritual journey. He values getting followers of Jesus engaged in their neighborhoods and communities through authentic friendship and acts of service.

Randy currently serves on the Missions Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and loves participating in the Booster Club of the Menchville High School marching band. He enjoys writing articles and Bible studies, including his book, Sessions with Ezra-Nehemiah, that was published in the spring of 2016. Randy is married to Alice, a Spanish teacher at Menchville High School, and is the proud parent of James, Samuel, and Elizabeth.

Randy enjoys reading, working out, college football, family vacations, grilling pretty much anything, good sweet tea, and engaging conversations.

Dennis Adams

Associate Pastor/Music & Young Adults
dadams@fbcnn.org

Dennis Adams began serving at First Baptist Church, Newport News on September 1, 1986, as Minister of Music and Director of the School of Applied Music. He has additionally served as minister to youth and coordinator of the church’s mission partnership with Hungarian Baptists in Romania.  In 2000, he began the ministry to Hispanics and young single adults.  Prior to coming to Newport News, Dennis received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he taught public school music for seven years. Dennis served as an adjunct music professor at Christopher Newport University from 2004-2008. His children are Brian, a senior pastor, Michael, Associate Pastor/Youth and Courtney, a piano teacher and full-time nanny.

Michael J. Adams

Associate Pastor/Youth
madams@fbcnn.org

Michael J. Adams attended First Baptist Church, Newport News until he was in his early-twenties. He served in two local churches before coming to First Baptist to serve as Youth Pastor. Michael graduated from Christopher Newport University with a BA in Communications, and he is currently pursuing his Pastoral Masters of Divinity from Liberty University Online. While leading the youth ministry is Michael’s passion, he also plays guitar, sings, and plays drums for the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service. Michael enjoys watching and playing basketball, watching and critiquing films, writing music, and cooking.

Juan García

Associate Pastor/Hispanics
jgarcia@fbcnn.org

Juan L. Garcia is a native of Puerto Rico. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Divinity Degree from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Juan serves as the Pastor of our Hispanic Congregation, Primera Iglesia Bautista de Newport News, a multicultural congregation, with people from Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. He is responsible for leading and providing pastoral care, such as preaching, teaching, counseling, discipleship, training leaders, developing programs, services, and ways to reach out to the Hispanic community in the Hampton Roads area for Christ. Juan loves basketball, but has recently converted to be a soccer (futból) fan. Juan is married to Monica and has two children, Natalia and Daniel.

Walter Satchell

Associate Pastor/Administration
wsatchell@fbcnn.org

Walter has been on staff at First Baptist for ten years.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by FBCNN in 2012.  He provides administrative support to our ministers and staff and he is a liaison to various church committees and ministries.  He is responsible for the facility, safety and security; he works closely with the financial coordinator and stewardship team.  Walter is married to Jane and they have two grown children.

Susie Webb

Associate Pastor/Children
swebb@fbcnn.org

Susie has been on the staff for nine years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Early Childhood Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

She also studied Early Childhood Special Education at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. Susie has completed her Children’s Ministry Certification Program from the Virginia Baptist Mission Board and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by FBCNN in 2011. She oversees Preschool and Children’s Ministry to include: Sunday School, Mission Activities, VBS, PassportKIDS Camp, Special Events, Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading, Parent-Child Dedications, Family Activities and more. Susie enjoys quilting and crafting. She is married to Jeff, and they have two children, Carter and Campbell.

Church And Support Staff

Nancy Thomas
Executive Assistant
nancy@fbcnn.org

Nikki Reid
Ministry Assistant-Pastoral Care
nikki@fbcnn.org

Nelissa Rodríguez
Ministry Assistant-Connections
neli@fbcnn.org

Monica García
Financial Services Coordinator
monica@fbcnn.org

Sharon Hertzler
Children’s Ministry Assistant
shertzler@fbcnn.org

Calvin Brown
Sound Technician
cbrown@fbcnn.org

Mary Merritt
Children’s Music Specialist
mmerritt@fbcnn.org

Lesley Spitzer
Praise Band
lspitzer@fbcnn.org

David Wall
Organist
dwall@fbcnn.org

Julia Williams
Pianist
jwilliams@fbcnn.org

Edward Shelton
Security

Philip Sowers
Custodial Support

Karen Urbanski
Custodial Support

Sunday

8:30 a.m.
Traditional Service

9:45 a.m.
Sunday School

11 a.m.
Contemporary Service

12:30 p.m.
Hispanic Service

Wednesday

5 p.m.
Family Night Supper

6 p.m.
Music Ministry Groups
Youth Ministry Groups
Children’s Ministry Groups

6:15 p.m.
Prayer and Bible Study

6:30 p.m.
Hispanic Ministry Study

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Sunday

8:30 a.m.
Traditional Service

9:45 a.m.
Sunday School

11 a.m.
Contemporary Service

12:30 p.m.
Hispanic Service

Wednesday

5 p.m.
Family Night Supper

6 p.m.
Music Ministry Groups
Youth Ministry Groups
Children’s Ministry Groups

6:15 p.m.
Prayer and Bible Study

6:30 p.m.
Hispanic Ministry Study

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First Baptist Church, Newport News  | 12716 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23606 • (757) 930-0911 |  Email: staff@fbcnn.org

First Baptist Church, Newport News
12716 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 930-0911 • Email: staff@fbcnn.org