Meet Our Staff

  • REV. aimee hobbs

    senior Pastor

    Aimee joined the staff in December of 2023 after serving churches in Fort Worth (TX), Charlotte (NC), and St. Petersburg (FL). After graduating high school in Mesquite, Texas, she attended Dallas Baptist University (B.S) and George W. Truett Theological Seminary (M.Div). She loves traveling - especially to Walt Disney World - and spending time with her husband, Jason, and their preschooler, Harrison.  

  • REV. beth heffner

    minister of music and senior adults

    Beth has served on the ministry staff of First Baptist Rutherfordton since 2002, and has worn many hats during her tenure here! She attended Gardner-Webb University for both her undergraduate degree in Sacred Music and her Master of Divinity degree. Beth enjoys reading, genealogy, sewing, scrapbooking, and being in the kitchen. She and her husband, Dale, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

  • REV. john miller

    minister of youth

    John has been part of our ministry staff since 2016, bringing with him more than 21 years of experience in youth ministry. He attended Gardner-Webb University for both his undergraduate degree (Religious Education) and his Master of Divinity Degree (Pastoral Care and Counseling). Additionally, he serves at Blue Ridge Hope as the Director of Community Engagement and leads an afterschool program called HOPEworks for middle and high school students. In his free time, John delights in playing the guitar, diving into the worlds of Lord of the Rings and Marvel, and savoring Starbucks coffee. Happily married to Mindy, they have three children: Hayden, Mackenzie, and Abby.

  • donna sand

    minister of children

    Donna joined our ministry staff in January of 2023. She brings years of experience working with both children and adults in church, non-profits, and the school system. Donna has a Master’s Degree in Education. She is passionate about providing a safe environment, where children can learn about Jesus, ask questions, serve others, and feel loved. Donna and her husband, Mike, have three children, two who are adulting on their own in the Charlotte area. 

  • tina bean

    Church administrator

    Tina and her husband, Jeff, moved to Rutherfordton from Florida in 2020 and joined our staff in 2022! She has 17 years experience working for churches and non-profits in administration and bookkeeping. Tina enjoys attending sporting events and visiting her children and grandchildren in Florida.

  • alison moore


    Alison joined our staff in 2016, bringing with her years of experience as a music instructor, organist, and accompanist. In addition to her work here, she is the staff accompanist for the Department of Music at Gardner-Webb University, accompanies vocal students, and serves as collaborative artist for the Gardner Singers. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Maine. When not behind the piano, she can often be found helping patrons at her local public library or spending time at home with a cat on her lap and a dog at her side. A perennial student, she recently completed a degree in Library Science and is learning to play the harp.

  • garry cuthbertson


    Garry has been on our staff since 2011. He is a gifted musician - he sings, plays the guitar and bass, and is often doing shows around town. Garry also enjoys hurting, fishing, and spending time with his college aged son.