Greg Pope


I am a native of Douglasville, Georgia.  My wife, Cindy, is from New Orleans, Louisiana.  We have three children - Kristen, Jennifer, and Ryan - and a new Beagle puppy named Benson.  We moved to the beautiful city of Jasper in July 2014. 

I am a graduate of Shorter College (B.A.) and Southern Seminary (M Div).  Having served churches in several states, I have most recently been pastor of North Broad Baptist Church in Rome, Georgia (1995-2002), Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida (2002-2005), and Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky (2005-2011). 

My interests include preaching and leading worship, helping people in their spiritual formation, spending time with my family, watching ESPN and reruns of The Office.  I possess an embarrassing number of books.  Whenever my wife allows me, you will find a book in my hand.  My favorite authors include Robert Benson, Wendell Berry, Frederick Buechner, Ken Follett, Anne Lamott, Thomas Merton, and Flannery O’Connor.

I am honored to serve as pastor of First Baptist Church here in Jasper.  I would love the opportunity to meet you.  I am most excited about expanding my vocation as radio preacher (live Sunday morning 11:00, WYYZ) and televangelist (10:30 Sunday morning, ETC Cable Channel 3, previous Sunday’s worship service)!  I am learning to pronounce Jesus with four syllables and searching for a white suit with matching white shoes!

Matthew Newton

Music Minister

I was blessed to grow up in a loving family with strong ties to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Ellijay, GA. My grandmother was the church pianist, and my father was a choir member, a deacon and the church treasurer. Some of my earliest memories are of my grandmother practicing hymns at the piano and letting me pick out melodies by ear. I was fortunate to have the consistent example of mature Christians to guide my spiritual development. At age eleven, I made a profession of faith and was baptized. I sang in children’s and youth choirs, played handbells, and studied piano and organ.

My wife and I started dating when we were in church music activities together, and she has been a faithful soprano in every choir I have directed. We both value the church experiences we had as children and youth, and it is very important to us to provide a similar environment for our children. My diverse interests have taken me down many interesting paths in life, but God has patiently provided opportunities for me to serve in ministry. No matter what I did, I found myself drawn more and more to serving in the church. I once asked a wise pastor friend how the Lord calls one to ministry, and his reply was, “He is relentless.” Looking back, I realized that I had already been following the call one step at a time. Whenever I least expected it, God led me to new places of service with new challenges and opportunities for growth. I am excited to be the Minister of Music at First Baptist Jasper.

Annie Sutton

Youth Minister

I was born a preacher’s daughter and Georgia peach. I spent my childhood in South East Georgia, picking up pecans from my back yard and enjoying Vidalia onion rings as much as possible. The last half of my life was spent in Western North Carolina, taking in the beautiful mountain views and learning what it means to be a Carolina girl.

I was a Religion Major with a concentration in Youth Ministry and a minor in English at Mars Hill College – now Mars Hill University. During my time there I found a love for leading in ministry, exploring theological ideas, and experiencing the transforming power of Christ. I also have a love of psychology and find God most often walking beside people as they explore their identity and work through life experiences.

I am currently a third year student at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, where I am working toward a Master of Divinity on the Pastoral Care track. I live in Atlanta with two beautiful roommates, Baylee and Jordan. I love Yeah! Burger, The Flying Biscuit, and Pinkberry. Reading and crafting are my favorite hobbies, along with watching Gilmore Girls, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, and The Vampire Diaries.

Feel free to add me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Come find me after worship on Sunday morning or in the youth room Sunday and Thursday nights. I cannot wait to get to know you!