Robert N. Nash, Jr.

Interim Pastor

My childhood and teenage years were spent in the Philippines where my parents served as Baptist missionaries for some thirty years.  After high school graduation, I returned to the U.S. and specifically to Georgia where I attended Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, graduating twice with a BA in history and English and an MA in History.  Sensing a call to ministry, I made my way to Louisville, Kentucky where I attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and where I met my wife, Guyeth, at the new student orientation picnic!  We spent ten years in Louisville, pursuing graduate degrees, she in Counseling and I in theology and church history.  In 1989 I received my Ph.D. there in the area of church history.

Following graduation, I became the pastor of the Buechel Park Baptist Church in Louisville, and Guyeth and I proceeded to have two children, Lindsay and Douglas.  Later, I entered the field of education and served as the chair of the religion departments at both Judson College in Marion, Alabama and Shorter College in Rome, Georgia.  For six years (from 2006-2012) I had the privilege of serving as the Global Missions Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and directing the work of their field personnel around the world.

I now teach at the McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University where I am the associate Dean and the Arnall-Mann-Thomasson Professor of Missions and World Religions.  I have a special calling to serve congregations as an interim pastor as they seek full-time leadership for their church.  This is what brings me to First Baptist Church of Jasper.  Guyeth and I live in Kennesaw.  She has a private practice in individual, marriage and family therapy in both Acworth and Rome, Georgia.  Our children, Lindsay and Douglas, now live in Washington, DC.

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.

Craig Miles

Minister To Children

The world today fills children's heads and hearts with many mixed messages. Deuteronomy 6:7 clears away the clutter and says that we are to diligently teach children the word of God instead. Why? Because about 43% of those people who receive Christ do so before age thirteen. As Minister to Children and as a father of three young ones, I take child evangelism and discipleship very seriously. Placing Scripture on the hearts of children is of utmost importance to me. Why?

As a child living near Stone Mountain, GA, I do not recall reading Scripture very often or hearing the salvation message. As a result, while in my teens, I let the ways of the world fill my heart. By God's grace, I asked Jesus to be the King of my life while at the University of Georgia. After receiving Christ, I was thoroughly discipled right away. Wanting to learn more about our Lord, I went to Luther Rice University. Desiring to defend my faith, I attended Texas A&M.

Since being called to ministry, I have been a missionary, family minister, chaplain, and a pastor. I have been featured in several children's magazines such as GA Leader and Lad magazine (Now called “RA World”). My wife, Suzy, and I were also featured nationally as the children's program for the entire North American Mission Board in 2010. Perhaps my proudest moment in working with children was the privilege of leading my own child to Christ in 2012. Let's work hard together to train the next generation! (2 Timothy 2:2)

Andrew Westbrook

Summer Youth Director

Andrew grew up in First Baptist Jasper and has accepted the summer position as Youth Director.  Andrew has his teaching certificate from the University of North Georgia and is currently working on a degree in mathematics. Andrew has interned in the youth program at FBC Jasper and already has a great relationship with the youth. Andrew will assume the key leadership role in the Youth Mission Trip this summer and has served on previous trips for many years. Andrew has a servant’s heart and places a very high priority on serving Christ’s people. Andrew’s goals during his summer tenure are to bring the youth closer in Christian fellowship and serve unselfishly. FBC Jasper is blessed to have Andrew in the Youth Director role for the summer of 2014.