Meet Our Staff

Wayne Brown

Interim Pastor
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Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Wayne moved to Blacksburg with his parents, the late J.M. and Minnie Williams Brown, when he was three-months-old. He “grew up” in Blacksburg, which he still proudly calls his “hometown,” where he attended public schools from Kindergarten through graduation from Blacksburg High School in 1963. He has great love and appreciation for his “home church,” First Baptist Church of Blacksburg, where he made his profession of faith, was baptized, was married, and in 1970, was ordained into the ministry.

While a student at Limestone College in Gaffney, Wayne served as Minister of Music at Providence Baptist Church in Gaffney (1965-1967). He was licensed into the ministry by Providence in 1965, after he returned home that summer from serving in Shiprock and Santa Fe, New Mexico and Cove, Arizona as a Student Missionary sponsored by the Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission Board) of the Southern Baptist Convention. Brown says that summer experience with the Navajo Indians and the Spanish confirmed God’s call to him into the ministry. He graduated from Limestone with a BA in Sociology/Psychology in 1967, and later graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina with the Master of Divinity, 1970, and the Doctor of Ministry, 1973. His project in ministry was the writing and production of an original musical-drama for youth, “OTHERS!” He studied at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital’s School of Pastoral Care, Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (summer, 1969).

While a student at Southeastern, Dr. Brown served as Student Chaplain and Minister of Music, Murdoch School, Butner, NC (1967-1968); Minister of Youth, Rock Creek Baptist Church, Bunn, NC (spring, 1969); Minister of Youth, Converse Baptist Church, Converse, SC (summer, 1969); Minister of Music, Education, Youth and Associate Pastor, Millbrook Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC, (1969-1975); Minister of Youth and College Students and Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (1975-1977).

His first pastorate was at the West End Baptist Church in Gaffney (1977-1984). From Gaffney, the Browns moved to pastor West Monmouth Baptist Church, Freehold, New Jersey (1984-1988); First Baptist Church, Myrtle Beach, SC (1988-2003); and First Baptist Church, Boone, NC (2003-2008). The Browns have served in interim pastorates at Pleasant Meadow Baptist Church, Loris, SC (2013-2014), and Olyphic Baptist Church, Tabor City, NC, (2014-2015). They will begin as Interim Pastor at the First Baptist Church of North Myrtle Beach, SC, in February, 2015.

Wayne is married to the former Joy Clary of Gaffney, and they are the thankful parents of Meri Beth, married to Thomas Howard, and Molly, married to Christman Howard. The Browns also are very grateful for their grandchildren Ty (6), Mazi Grace (6), and Bronson (5).

Presently the Browns serve full-time (since 2008) with DIVERSIFIED MINISTRIES, a missions organization they founded for local, national, and global outreach in sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ—through diverse methods to reach diverse people who have diverse needs—anywhere, anyway and at anytime! The primary emphases of DIVERSIFIED MINISTRIES include: Missions Awareness; General Evangelism; Encouragement for Ministers, Missionaries, and their spouses; and Production of Christian literature and music. The Browns are based in Myrtle Beach, but their ministries are open “to the ends of the earth.” If they can ever be of help to you, it would be their honor and blessing to do so. Dr. Brown enthusiastically agrees with John Wesley who expressed his views profoundly when he said, “The world is my parish!”

Lee Riggs

Minister of Missions
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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.

Brandon Martin

Minister of Youth and Recreation Ministries
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While in high school I began to realize that I was not truly a Christian. I would say all the right things, do most of the right things, and even go to church faithfully. The problem was I was trying to rely on my own good works for salvation. This realization usually came every Sunday during the invitation time. I would listen to the message, feel the conviction of sin in my life, but when it was time to respond, I allowed my pride to keep me from truly knowing God. It wasn’t until I began taking classes at North Greenville University that God began to really tear down my walls of pride. He placed several people in my life who showed me what it truly meant to be a Christian. When I was 19, God filled me with the Holy Spirit, and I truly accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. In that moment, my heart was opened to the reality that none of my good deeds nor my membership on the church role could save me. As Psalm 3:8 reads, Salvation belongs to the Lord. Not long after I accepted Christ into my life, God called me into ministry.

While at North Greenville, I met my beautiful wife and best friend Natalie. We were married in December of 2013, just two days after my graduation. In January of 2015, God blessed us with a son, James Titus Martin. My family and I recently moved from Gaffney, SC where I was the Pastor of Family Ministries for two and a half years.

Jan Pritchard

Organist

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!

Will Hickman

Assistant Worship Leader
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My walk with the Lord began when I was 12 years old. Having attended church for as long as I could remember, I always knew Jesus, but it wasn’t until I was twelve that my personal relationship with Him began.
I’m extremely blessed to have a family who always lets me know how important being a follower of Christ is, and to live in His Word daily. I can truly say that my relationship with, and love for Christ grows more every day.

I met my wife Laura in 2006. We were married in 2008. From our early days of dating, we made a commitment to serve together in ministry as we raised our family. Laura founded and has maintained two separate ministries in the time we’ve been together, and has an extensive background in children and youth ministry, as well as being a small group leader.

God has blessed us with two beautiful children. Our daughter Laney joined our family in 2013, and our son Weston followed in 2015. My daily goal is to be a Godly example and a personification of Christ’s love for my wife and kids.

As my worship leading experience continues to grow, I am extremely excited about the possibilities that God has in store. My main focus as a worship leader has always been to let our worship be a time of rejoicing for all the good God has done for us, and an overflow of the passion and love we feel for Him. God has blessed me with the gift of leadership, and I live every day to serve at His will.

Nancy Neece

Financial Secretary
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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!

Christina Bellamy

Church Secretary
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I moved to the Myrtle Beach area in 1997 from Virginia. My husband is a life long member of the church and I have enjoyed attending here for many years. I love reading, hiking and gardening in my spare time. You can find me at the church during normal office hours Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Paula Gore

Church Secretary
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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.

Cindy Parker

Director of First Baptist Child Development Center

I’ve had a wonderful journey here at First Baptist Child Development Center for the last 28 years. The center opened its doors in August 1989 and it has been a work in progress-full speed ahead. God has blessed me with the desire to provide a nurturing learning environment for children in the North Myrtle Beach community. My desire to do so is just as strong today as it was in 1989.
To God be the Glory,
Cindy Parker
Director

Amy Matte

Assistant Director of First Baptist Child Development Center

Amy brings many years of experience to the Child Development Center as she has previously taught and managed another center. Amy started her career as a classroom teacher and has most recently been teaching a four year old class for First Baptist CDC. Her strengths include good parent/child relationships and strong administrative and computer skills. Amy and her husband Roland have been married for seven years and have two beautiful children. They currently reside in Little River. Amy and Roland enjoy spending time doing outside activities with their children and are members of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Amy is a real asset to the CDC.