Our Pastors and Staff

Dwain Hayes - Associate Pastor of Student Ministries and Recreation

Dwain Hayes

First Baptist Church in North Myrtle Beach has been my home since 2005 and some of the most exciting years that I have experienced as a student pastor. My passion is to love and serve students by equipping and empowering them to grow in their relationship with God, with other believers, and with those who do not yet have a relationship with God.

My life journey has taken me from the low country of Charleston, to playing football at Newberry College (BA) and as a graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech University (MS). My employment journey has been working with a variety of students, teaching and guiding them at various stages of development through education and recreation. Prior to my call into the ministry, I served as a school teacher and at different levels within the YMCA. God has prepared me through my past experiences for His journey and I have been serving Him for the past 18 years in churches in South Carolina and Florida and now at First Baptist Church.

I enjoy family time, sports, photography, photoshop and traveling with my wife, Marsha, and son, Noah.

Lee Riggs - Associate Pastor of Missions and Leadership Training

Lee Riggs

I was born in Kansas but grew up in Connecticut. While studying chemistry in college I realized that God was calling me to pastoral ministry. After pastoring two churches in Connecticut and Ohio, I had the privilege of serving the First Baptist Church of Greensburg, Indiana as Senior Pastor for 23 years until my retirement from full-time pastoral ministry.

I have always had a deep commitment to Missions and have provided leadership at local and state levels for Mission Encounters to Chile, Mexico and Thailand as well as establishing a personal ministry in Chile and a Mission Covenant between the Baptists of Indiana and the Baptist Convention of Chile.

Lynn and I moved to North Myrtle Beach in 2009 fulfilling our dream of living on the Grand Strand. We love walking our greyhound to the beach almost every day and being able to body surf daily for nearly six months of the year. We have two daughters and four grandchildren with one family in Washington, DC and the other in the Boston area.

First Baptist has been a blessing to us and it has been a privilege to be called to serve first as a deacon and now as a member of the ministerial staff.

Jan Pritchard - Organist

Jan Pritchard

As a native of Horry County, I have served as a church organist since I was fourteen years old. I first served at Good Hope Baptist Church in Conway before coming to First Baptist Church in North Myrtle Beach on the first Sunday in June of 1981. My husband Myron and I have lived in my original home place in Conway, SC, since we married in 1991. We both retired from the Horry County School District as teachers and enjoy working in the yard and gardening.

Myron and I were both very blessed to have been raised in Christian homes where worshiping and serving God was of utmost importance. Our parents taught us the eternal benefits of knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior at an early age, and we are forever indebted to them for their wonderful influence on our lives. Myron holds a Master of Divinity degree and is an ordained minister, and we look forward to serving the Lord in the future in whatever way is pleasing in His sight. To God Be the Glory!

Jason Martin - Worship Leader

Jason Martin

I grew up south of here in Georgetown. While in college at the University of South Carolina I married my high school sweetheart, Nicole. Together we have two children, Hannah (13,) and Caleb (7. We currently live in the Carolina Forest area. We enjoy spending time at the beach, on the Intracoastal Waterway in our boat, or taking naps on Sunday afternoon.

 I’ve been involved in music since the 7th grade but only got involved with “church music” in 1998. I play several different instruments including woodwind and brass instruments as well as guitar and bass. I once played for a crowd of 85,000 people as a tuba player in the University of South Carolina Marching Band!

I believe I am an example of God “equipping the called” and I do my best to honor Him with the talents He’s given me. It is my privilege to serve as the worship leader for the contemporary service.

 

Nancy Neece - Financial Secretary

Nancy Neece

I am originally from West Virginia and moved to Myrtle Beach March 2009.  I have been heavily involved in ministry alongside my husband, Jim, most of my married life.  We currently attend Ignite Church of Myrtle Beach where my husband is the senior pastor.  We have three grown children who are heavily involved in ministry as well.

Before moving to Myrtle Beach our family owned and operated a Child Development Center.  Being involved in Children’s Ministries most of my adult life, God really used our business to touch others for Christ!  I have also had the opportunity of working for several churches in the past and enjoy my position here at First Baptist Church.

I enjoy music, spending time with my family, and I love relaxing at the beach!

Darlene G. Dunlow - Church Secretary

Darlene G. Dunlow

I was raised in a loving Christian home in Franklin, VA. I met my high school sweetheart, JL, on a ferris wheel ride at our local spring carnival. We married several years later. Our son, Michael, is a Special Education teacher and coach at Potomac High School in Woodbridge, VA.

We settled in Myrtle Beach compliments of retirement in 2005. Shortly after moving, I became bored and was hired as the secretary for FBC in March 2006. I enjoy using my administrative skills to minister to our church. You can find me at the church during normal office hours Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

I enjoy computer challenges, cross stitching, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.

Paula Gore - Church Secretary

Paula Gore

I am from Virginia and moved here in June 2012.  My husband talked about retiring to the beach and after 28 years of full time ministry, we did!  God has blessed us with three sons and six grandchildren.  I have been privileged to serve in three church offices, before this one.  I enjoy being active in our church, relaxing on the beach, reading, cooking, being with family and rooting for the Washington Redskins.

Tom Parrott - Custodian

Tom Parrott

I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. My wife, Polly, and I have four children (two boys and two girls) and 10 grandchildren. I worked for 43 years in the food service industry and served two years in the US Army. Polly, a retired nurse, and I retired in January 2000 and moved to Little River, SC in February of that same year.  I am member of First Baptist Church and the Friends In Christ Sunday School class. In my spare time I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family and friends.

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