Sean Nix

Transition Pastor

Pastor Sean began his ministry at Lawrenceville First Baptist Church in August of 2022. He has served in ministry for more than thirty years. For the first half of his ministry, he served as a Minister to Students, and for the past twenty years has served as a Senior Pastor. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also earned his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Pastor Sean is serving in the role of “Pastor for the Season” at Lawrenceville First Baptist. His ministry encompasses that of a pastor, guiding our church through a period of transition as we prepare for our next full-time Senior Pastor.

He and his wife, Melissa, have two children. Garrett is an ICU Nurse and Mackenzie is a Radiation Therapy student. 

Radu Coliba

Associate Pastor/Director of Ministry Operations

Radu was called to Lawrenceville First Baptist as Director of Ministry Operations and Finance on January 2012, and began his ministry with the church on March 5, 2012. Radu is originally from Moldova (Europe). In 2003, Radu and his family decided to move to the U.S. They have been residing in Georgia since they settled in the U.S. Radu earned an Associate Degree in Accounting and Bachelor Degree of Science in Management. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting.

Radu is married to Irina Coliba. Radu and Irina have two sons, Christian and Claudiu, and two daughters, Crina and Miriam Gloria.

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Wendy Head

children's Ministry

Wendy has served as Interim Children's Ministry Director since January 2018. She has been a member of Lawrenceville First Baptist since 2010. Previously, Wendy was a stay-at-home mom and a teacher in Gwinnett and Dekalb counties. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Furman University and her Master of Education in Reading  from the University of Georgia.

Wendy is married to Steve.  Wendy and Steve have two daughters, Lauren and Anna.

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Amanda Varner

Preschool/Children's Ministry Director

Amanda, joined Lawrenceville First Baptist in 2010.  She joined the staff as Preschool Ministry Director in July 2017 . Amanda is a Gwinnett county native, and graduate of Dacula High School.  She was a twelve year employee of Gwinnett County Public Schools as a music educator prior to taking the position at Lawrenceville First Baptist Church. She holds a Bachelors of Music degree from Georgia College and State University.  

Amanda is married to Kyle.  Amanda and Kyle have four children, Graham, Eden, Piper. and Luke.  

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Lamar Holley

Pastor Emeritus

Jackie Dickens

Weekday Preschool Director

Jackie has been at Lawrenceville First Baptist Weekday Preschool for the past 12 years. She began working at the preschool the same time that her own children entered the program. Although her children are grown, Jackie continues to serve at the Preschool because of her great love for the preschool children. She has served in many different capacities throughout her time at the preschool. In June of 2014 she took over as the Director of Lawrenceville First Preschool. Her heart is to share God's love through her words, deeds, and actions with all of the children at the preschool. 

Mrs. Jackie and her husband, Michael, live in Lawrenceville with their two children. They are actively involved in Hyde's chapel Baptist Church in Conyers, Ga., where Michael serves as Senior Pastor. To contact Jackie, please call 770.513.4174

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Elizabeth Hearn

Communications Specialist

Elizabeth joined Lawrenceville First Baptist in February 2015, she started serving on staff in January 2017.  She worked as an assignment editor at WFTV in Orlando and WSB-TV in Atlanta before joining the team at Lawrenceville First Baptist.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with an emphasis in Broadcast News from the University of Georgia.

Elizabeth is married to Patrick, they have three children, James, Charlotte, and Rebecca.

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Ann hortman

Director of Hospitality

Ventura Ruiz

pastor la Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana de Lawrenceville (Spanish SPeaking)

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Simon thapa

Pastor Grace Baptist Church (Bhutanese/nepali/asian indian)

Simon Thapa is the pastor of Grace Baptist Church (Bhutanese/Nepali/Asian Indian). Pastor Simon and his family immigrated to the United States in 2009. Before moving to the United States, Pastor Simon and his family endured many years of hardship as a result of the civil war in Bhutan. He has a global vision to reach Bhutanese, Nepali, and Asian Indians with the gospel through church planting and discipleship training. Pastor Simon and his wife, Solomi, have two children and three grandchildren.