Sean Nix

Pastor for the season

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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Logan ferrell


Logan moved to Lawrenceville in 2014 and started attending Lawrenceville First.  In 2015 he joined the church and began to serve the student ministry in a volunteer role.  In June of 2019 Logan was called to serve as the full time Student Ministry Director. He has a Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry from Toccoa Falls College and a Master of Sports Science in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy.  He is from Garner, NC and is a huge Tar Heel fan.  

Logan is married to Tabitha who serves as a state missionary with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board and the director of Camp Pinnacle.

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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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Dannie Reed

Adult Ministry Director

Dannie was called to Lawrenceville First Baptist as Adult Ministry Director in April 2013. Dannie has served several churches as a part-time and volunteer staff member, including Annistown Road Baptist and Mountain Park First Baptist. He retired in 2007 after a long career serving the DeKalb County and Gwinnett County School Systems. Dannie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Clayton State College.

Dannie is married to Janet. Dannie and Janet have two children, Kim and Marc, and four grandchildren.

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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, who she met on a blind date.  Elizabeth and Patrick 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.