Meet Our Church Staff
 
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Pastor

Bro. John R. Sapp
 
I was raised in an Air Force family and lived my formative years on military bases in Florida, California, and the Philippines.  I’m so thankful for Christian parents who took me to church. Jesus knocked on the door of my heart when I was 8 years old and I invited Him in, to forgive me and to change me… Best choice I’ve ever made!  My college days were in Hattiesburg, MS at William Carey University.  It was there I met Paula and married her in 1978.  I got a Church Music degree there, but the Good Lord called me to preach shortly after.  I went on to the SBC seminary in New Orleans and have been preaching since 1980, pastoring churches in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. I love to play guitar, read, and work outdoors.  It’s been my privilege to serve FBC Lumberton as pastor since 2008:  I’m blessed!
 
 
 
 
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Youth Director

Joshua Eaton
 

My dad was a Navy man, so for a while we went where Uncle Sam sent us.  Fortunately, both of my parents’ “roots” were in Lumberton. When my dad retired, he retired to Lumberton.  I graduated from Lumberton High School and PRCC Surgical Tech program.  I never saw the inside of an operating room after graduation.  During my time at PRCC, I met and became friends with Jennifer (aka The Wife). We never dated, but the Lord reconnected us in 2009 and we married 2011, 11/12/11 to be exact.  We became youth leaders when our dryer broke and Phil Jones, a deacon at FBC Lumberton, came to fix it and recruited us.  It has been such a joy to serve at FBC Lumberton. Though our full-time jobs and especially our precious 2 year old girl keep us very busy, we find strength and rest in God, in each other, and in our very loving church family.

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17

 
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Youth Director

Jennifer Eaton
 

I was born, raised, and still reside in Purvis, Mississippi.  I graduated from Purvis High School, attended PRCC, and graduated from William Carey University’s School of Business with a concentration in Accounting.  I met Joshua (The Hubs) while I was attending PRCC.  We were married in November 2011 and it’s been adventure after adventure ever since!  We are so very blessed and thankful for where God has lead us and we constantly pray for His guidance.  My favorite place to be is wherever our little family is.  We have a 2 year old little girl, Amelia, who keep us on our toes 24/7.  And we cannot forget our other 4-legged children, Layla, Linus, and Rocky.

Great is His faithfulness, His mercies are new every morning.  Lamentations 3:23

Music Minister

Jonathan Morris
 
Jonathan Morris is a mathematics instructor at Pearl River Community College.  Jonathan is a graduate from Pearl River Community College and William Carey University where he studied mathematics and education.  He is currently a graduate student at the University of Southern Mississippi where he is studying Higher Education Administration.  Jonathan’s mission in life is self-improvement which begins with spiritual growth.  He and his family love growing here at First Baptist Lumberton where the people are loving and uplifting.  
 
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory both now and forever! Amen.”
II Peter 3:18

Music Minister

Hannah Morris
 
Hannah Morris earned her Associate’s degree from Pearl River Community College in 2012 and went on to graduate in 2014 from the University of Southern Mississippi where she studied choral conducting.  Hannah is regularly asked to accompany and adjudicate choirs throughout the area.  Jonathan, Hannah, and their daughter, Ida Katherine, live happily in Purvis.  Hannah is employed as an academic advisor at Pearl River Community College as well as joyfully using her God-given gift of music in her position at First Baptist Lumberton.  Jonathan and Hannah make a great music ministry team with Jonathan leading the congregation side of the the music ministry and Hannah leading the choir.  God has richly blessed the Morrises!
“Every good and perfect gift is from above.”  James 1:17
 
 
Joan Odom
 
Graduate of Orange Park High School who became a qualified Medical Transcriptionist was employed by Forrest General Hospital. Seeking to improve herself, Joan returned to the classroom and is now a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a degree in Healthcare Administration. After obtaining that degree, she went to work for Hattiesburg Health and Rehabilitation as the Admissions Coordinator.
 
As the daughter of a pastor and a teacher, she learned the necessity of a personal relationship with Christ. She developed a heart that decided to follow her God in all things. Because of that love for her God, she is a person who has a deep love for family, friends, and people whom she does not even know. This love brought her to First Baptist Church of Lumberton as church secretary, since this job allows her to be a beacon on the hill, which shows forth the love of God.