Bro. Mike McCollough
Minister of Youth
Mike graduated from Miss. St. Univ. in 1982 with a degree in Physical Education. He got his Master’s Degree also in Phys. Ed. from Southeastern La. Univ. In Sept, 2004, FBC Newbern called Mike to serve as their Bi-vocational Youth Director while continuing his teaching career. In 2007, Mike was ordained into the ministry. His desire in student ministry is to see students meet and fall in love with Jesus and then share that love with others who are in their circle of influence. Mike has been married to his wonderful wife Carole for 18 years, who also is his partner in ministry. They have one daughter, Lynley, who is 17.
Justin Romero
Children’s Director
Justin has served in full time and part time vocational ministry for over 15 years. He has served as minister to children, youth and a church planter. Justin and his family relocated to Dyersburg in 2012 and he returned to college to pursue a degree in communication and speech disorders, which he will complete through Utah State in May of 2020. He was called to serve as the Director of Children’s Ministry in the fall of 2019. His heart is for children to love Jesus and become lifelong followers of Christ. Justin and his wife Kari were married in 1999 and have served in ministry together both vocationally and non-vocationally for the past 20 years. They have three children, Gabe, Jack and Kate who all love LSU, the Saints and Disney World just like their parents!
Mike French
Interim Worship Leader
Mike graduated from Union University in 2002 with a degree in Elementary Education. In 2009, Mike received his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Tennessee.  Mike has served in various roles at FBC Newbern. In 2010, Mike was called and ordained to be a deacon for the church. He continues to serve in this role as a servant. In 2012, he felt the call to teach Children’s Church for grades K-5, which he continues to do. Mike and his wife Emilee have two boys, Aaron (14) and Clark (12). In 2015, Mike joined the instrumentalists each week by playing the Caj√≥n during worship service. In 2016 he felt the call to become the Interim Worship Leader, where he continues to serve each week.
Penny Bessent
Church Secretary
Penny became the secretary at Newbern First Baptist in November of 2019. She is married to Mark Bessent. They have three children: Adam Smith & wife Bethany, Ponder Bessent & Sarah Bessent. They have five grandchildren: Brynleigh, Mason, Harrison, Adaline & Hudson.