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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 Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University.  Now in the midst of doctoral studies at Duke Divinity School, Stacy is writing her thesis on evangelism and the 21st century American church.

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

Her 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, the Board of Trustees for the Religious Herald, the Board of Directors for Baptist News Global, and the Board of Visitors for McAfee School of Theology. She currently serves on the Coordinating Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina as Moderator-Elect.

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 and Master of Divinity in Christian Formation

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 with their daughter Grace.


704-875-6581 ext. 14

Rev. Luke Nowell – Interim Pastor of Student Ministries

Rev. Luke Nowell has been a part of First Baptist Church since 2015. He began his interim a Student Minister in May 2021.

Luke calls Kentucky home.  He graduated from Georgetown College, in Georgetown Kentucky.  He graduated with a Masters of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University.   He has served at churches in Kentucky, Georgia, and Virginia.

Luke enjoys getting to know youth and helping them make sense of following Jesus in their lives today.

Luke is an avid reader and lover of movies.  He is a long suffering Philadelphia Phillies fan and sports lover in general.  Luke also enjoys playing games of all types and spending time with family.  Luke is married to Stacy Nowell with two children, Annaliese and Collin.


(704) 875-6581 ext. 15

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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Jamie Winkler – 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.  Jamie is married to Jared and they have one son, Cadence.


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.