Our Ministry Team


Rev. Stacy Nowell – Senior Pastor

Stacy came to First Baptist Huntersville in May of 2015.  She is a graduate of Baylor University with a B.A. in religion and a minor in family studies, and she received her Masters of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University.  Upon graduation, Stacy received McAfee’s Community Ministry Award, granted annually to a student, “who by the nature of their calling … have ministered to the community of faith at McAfee,” as well as Baptist Women in Ministry’s Addie Davis award for outstanding leadership in preaching.

Stacy has previously served at churches including the First Baptist Church of Decatur, GA; the First Baptist Church of Dalton, GA; and most recently as Associate Pastor at Harrisonburg Baptist Church in Harrisonburg, VA. She has also served as a hospital chaplain and has received 5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Stacy’s service in the larger Baptist community includes tenures on the national Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Coordinating Council, the CBF Nominating Committee, the Virginia CBF Coordinating Council, and the Board of Trustees for the Religious Herald.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Baptist News Global and on the Board of Visitors for McAfee School of Theology.

Stacy is married to Luke Nowell, who is also an ordained minister and a McAfee alum.  Together, they have two children: Annaliese and Collin.  Stacy enjoys crafting and DIY home-improvement projects, in addition to spending quality time with her family.


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Rev. Tina Burleson – Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Pastoral Care

Tina grew up in Charlotte, NC.  She committed her life to Christ at age seven and was nurtured in her faith by parents and many teachers/pastors at church.  She answered the call to vocational ministry at 20 years of age and was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 2008.  She has completed a BA in Religion from Gardner-Webb University, a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southeastern Seminary, and a Master of Divinity from Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity.

Tina believes that Spiritual Formation is a life-long process which is enhanced by studying the stories of faith in the Bible, by listening to others share about their stories, and by being involved in mission and ministry.  She believes that faith is best formed in the context of intergenerational activities and enjoys partnering with other staff ministers to create discipleship opportunities that bring all age groups together.

Tina came to First Baptist in May 1987.  Tina focuses on the spiritual formation of adults, pastoral care, and ministry with Senior Adults.  Her passion is to help others discover where their story intersects with God’s story and to help them find ways to develop and utilize their spiritual gifts to impact their world for Christ.

In her leisure time Tina enjoys being out in God’s beautiful world by biking, walking, and hiking in National Parks.  Her goal is to visit every National Park!


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Rev. Kyle Murphy – Associate Pastor of Worship

Kyle came to First Baptist Church in April 2017. He is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a Bachelor of Music – Sacred Music. He is in the process of completing his Master of Divinity in Christian Education.

Kyle believes worship services are not classified by musical style but are focused on loving God with all our hearts, souls, and minds as well as loving our neighbors as we love ourselves.

As Kyle has said, “the important thing for us to remember is that while I may not love the organ or I may not love the guitar, I love the person sitting next to me who does.’”

Kyle and his wife, Anna, live in the Huntersville community.


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Rev. Marcus Mims – Associate Pastor of Student Ministries

Marcus came to First Baptist Church in early 2009 with fifteen years of experience in youth ministry. He spent most of his early years growing up in Georgetown, South Carolina and has lived with in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. He is a graduate of Clemson University (BFA in Art) and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.

Marcus began his career teaching art and math in an alternative school. His calling soon led him to seminary and service in various roles of ministry in the local church.

While teaching, Marcus met his wife, Teresa, in church and they married in 1993. They spend their free time with their children, Cody and Kendall, who are surviving triplets, and cheering on their Clemson Tigers!

Marcus believes that working with the youth at FBC-H is the greatest job in the world. He thinks that Paul said it best in Ephesians 2:10, “We are God’s artwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Seeing youth and their families in tune with God and passionately using their unique giftedness is Marcus’ greatest joy.


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Vickie Ward – Financial Manager

Vickie, a native of Boone, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  She began her working relationship with First Baptist in August 2000 as a half-day preschool teacher and made the transition to office staff in November 2006.

She married Huntersville native and life-long First Baptist member Ned Ward in 1984, and they have two grown children – a son Devin and a daughter Ashley.

Vickie joined the church the first time in 1985 and a second time in 2000 after living in Union County for nine years.


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Dawn Tatum – Organist / Children’s Choir Coordinator

Dawn joined the FBC-H staff in 2000 as organist and music associate.  She is a graduate of Columbia College with degrees in Music Education and Church Music Ministry.

Dawn brings a wealth of experience to our music ministry, having served in full-time and part-time music ministry for nearly 30 years.  She currently serves as organist and leads our children’s choir program.

Dawn and husband Bill were married in 1982. They are blessed with 4 daughters:  Masha (from Belarus), Melanie, Chrissy, and Sarah.

Dawn is passionate about reaching children and youth through music.  Whether in church choirs or in her private piano studio, she feels called to prepare her students to be our next generation of music and worship leaders.


Jamie Efird – Minister to Children and Families

Jamie has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC Credentials in Early Childhood Education from Cleveland Community College, and a Master of Divinity Degree in Intercultural Studies from The School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University.

Jamie has served as Children’s Ministry Director at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church of Shelby, NC, Children’s Ministry Assistant at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC and as a Journeyman missionary with the International Mission Board in Rumbek, Southern Sudan.

Jamie loves working with children and the energy and possibilities that their young lives possess.

Contact Jamie at jefird@fbc-h.org or by calling (704) 875-6581.

Rev. Rafael Hernandez – Latino Minister

For many, Rafael is both a familiar name and a familiar face. He served on FBC-H’s staff team as the Latino Pastor from 2000-2008.

His strengths include excellent preaching and pastoral care skills. He is a strong Bible teacher and he quickly develops relationships with those under his care. Rafael is also a recognized leader in the larger Latino community, and his knowledge of both Huntersville and First Baptist is a tremendous asset. He is well-connected in the medical as well as social-services community, and these connections will enhance his ability to minister to the needs of the Latino community surrounding FBC-H.