Reverend Tim Marsh, Senior Pastor
Tim is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, who came to First Baptist in November 2012. Tim has served in ministry since 1996, initially in youth and recreation ministries at two large Birmingham churches before being called to his first pastorate. He served three churches as senior pastor, including the First Baptist Church of Taylorsville, NC, before coming to Rutherfordton. Raised in a Christian home, Tim accepted Jesus as Lord in January 1991 and responded to a call to ministry during his senior year in High School. He is a graduate of Samford University (Birmingham, AL). He earned his Master of Divinity from the Beeson Divinity School at Samford University and a Master of Theology from Duke University Divinity School, majoring in New Testament. His ministry passions are preaching and teaching the Bible, spiritual formation, pastoral care, relationships with people of all ages, involvement in community non-profit organizations, social media connections, and leading congregations to embrace God’s mission to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed. He is married to his best friend, Rebecca Burks Marsh, of Hueytown, AL, since October 2000. Rebecca and Tim have two children – John Alan and Natalie. In his spare time, Tim enjoys time with Rebecca and the kids. Additionally, he is a college football fan(atic), whose favorite teams include Alabama and Duke, as well as Samford University and Gardner-Webb University. He is adapting to North Carolina’s basketball culture and enjoys Duke Basketball. He also enjoys coaching youth sports, including soccer and basketball, and cheering on his kids in their endeavors.
Reverend Beth Heffner
Minister of Music and Families
Our Minister of Music and Families, Beth Heffner, grew up in Indiana and Illinois, but considers North Carolina, and especially Rutherfordton, home. Beth's parents are Christian musicians who raised her to love the Lord and music. She was given the call for ministry while in college and now holds a graduate Divinity degree where her concentration was in church music. Beth has been in church ministry for 30 years and considers it a humbling, yet joyful vocation. She is a professionally trained soprano soloist who has sung solos with orchestras in large auditoriums to singing a cappella in the slums of South Africa. Playing the saxophone and dramatically participating in worship are other talents in which Beth shares the gospel. She is married to Dale Heffner and has two adult children, Aimee and Adam.
Reverend Terry Honeycutt
Terry began serving as organist at First Baptist Church in 1998. A native of Asheville, NC, Terry's first piano teacher was her own grandmother. Her motivation to begin organ lessons came from the inspiring sounds of the pipe organ in her home church of First Baptist Church, Asheville. She received a BA in Music Education from Gardner Webb College in 1974, and has taught piano and organ for 25 years. Responding to a call to ministry, Terry returned to Gardner-Webb University and received a Master of Divinity degree in 2007. In addition to her music duties at FBC, she currently serves as a chaplain for Hospice of Rutherford County.
Jesse has been at First Baptist since February, 2010. He is currently a graduate student at Gardner-Webb University where he is pursuing a Masters and Ed.S in Mental Health Counseling. In addition to his duties at First Baptist, he serves as a Graduate Residence Director and Graduate Assistant at GWU. Jesse began playing the piano at the age of 13 and has since studied with Lamon Records recording artist David Roach and Gardner-Webb piano professor Dr. Carolyn Billings. "My goal through music is first and foremost to bring glory to Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, in an attempt to give back to Him a very small portion of everything with which He has so richly blessed me. I pray that my music is a blessing to those who hear it, and that they recognize not what I am doing - but what God is doing through me."
Debbie lives in the "big community" of Hollis, NC. This country girl at heart is married and has two grown sons. She is a member at Big Springs Baptist Church where she also serves on their church staff in a part-time position. The church staff at First Baptist Church are in awe of her skills as she does so many things at one time and does them all well. People can count on her friendship, her listening ear, her professionalism, and her sense of humor. In her down time, Debbie enjoys reading, quilting, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Garry Cuthbertson, Custodian
Garry is a native of Rutherford County. He has married 25
years and has one son. Garry is a 12 year member of Second
Baptist Church of Rutherfordton. His favorite pass time is
spending time with his family. Garry is also known to pick up
the guitar and sing!
George is a native of Rutherford County, born in Rutherford Hospital forty years ago. He is the son of retired obstetrician Dr. Joe Don and wife Easter Hughes. He and his brother Joe and sister Donna lived on Possum Hollow Farms where they raised cattle and other livestock until he attended Spartanburg Day School and Asheville School. In 1990 he earned an Associate’s degree in Science from Isothermal Community College. George jokes that his career actually began at the age of 5 when he began cutting grass on the farm, clearing land for pasture, and building fence. His landscape business, “Call George,” became official in 1990 and has grown into a multi-faceted company specializing in lawn maintenance, grading, hauling, and installing hard scapes. He married Janet Mull, also a native of Rutherfordton, and has twin girls, Madalyn and Mackenzie. He is a member of First Baptist Church, Rutherfordton, and attends regularly. In his spare time, he enjoys dining at fine restaurants and traveling with his family and friends.