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. 

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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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Clarissa Morrison

Administration & Education Director

Clarissa Morrison has been a member of Lawrenceville First Baptist since 2013.  She has served in ministry for more than twenty years as a campus minister and collegiate ministry consultant with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.  Originally from Frankfort, Kentucky, she has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Religious Studies from Western Kentucky University, a Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Masters of Science in Sociology from Valdosta State University.  

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Dean oliver

Interim pastor worship and music ministries

Dean Oliver brings over 30 years of ministry experience into the role of Interim Worship Pastor.  After graduating from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Music Education and Southwestern Baptist Seminary with a Master of Divinity, he served churches in Georgia, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.  Though he pastored churches for 10 years, his greatest enjoyment has come from being a Worship Pastor, where he has served in a variety of settings from Traditional to Modern worship, and everything in between.  He is also the Founder,  Executive and Musical Director for the 55-voice Georgia Worship Choir which is a community choir for people who belong to churches without a choir ministry. 

Dean is a native of Buford, Ga.  His wife, Robine, is a Nurse Manager at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and together they have two children: Evan, a first year law student in Brooklyn, NY and Jenna, who lives and works in Atlanta.  

In addition to ministry and his leadership of the Georgia Worship Choir, Dean enjoys working on his commercial real estate business, reading, writing, biking, videography, watching movies and sports, trout fishing or doing anything else in the mountains.  His favorite food is steak, his favorite drink is Dr. Pepper, and he can’t decide between peach or strawberry cobbler as his favorite dessert.  But he will always welcome samples of each to help him decide.  

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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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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.