Meet the Staff


Pastor: Dr. John Keller
Dr. Keller has served First Baptist Church Hilton Head Island for over 20 years and preaches directly from the Word of God, helping everyone to know the Lord better. He ministers to our local congregation, community and beyond the walls of our church.
P:  843-785-4478

Minister of Music and Education: Rev. Richard Wade
Richard Wade leads our music programs and coordinates all of our educational opportunities. He directs the Sanctuary and Handbell choirs and assists those leading the Children’s Choir. He also oversees all of our educational programs.
P:  843-785-4478

Minister of Family Ministries: Rev. Chuck Workman

Chuck Workman works with our middle and high school student s during Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. He also directs CORE, a once-a-month study for youth and their parents helping them to connect with one another better as they learn about the Lord’s will for their lives.
P:  843-415-3898

 Director of Children’s Sunday School: Erika Rich

Eirka Smith Rich is an elementary school teacher on the island and is in charge of our Sunday morning Children's Sunday School ministry. She has attended First Baptist Church Hilton Head Island since she was a young girl and participated in a wide variety of programs while growing up in our church. Following college, she returned to our church and began using her gifts and talents to teach children in Sunday School and other church children's programs. Her wedding ceremony was recently held in our sanctuary. 
P: 843-785-4478

Director of Business: Mary Hayes
Mary Hayes takes care of our church’s business plan and manages our finances. All questions regarding finance should be addressed to her.
P:  843-785-4478

Ministry Assistant: Lynda Hopkins
Lynda Hopkins has served as Ministry Assistant to our church for 22 years. She is the pastor’s secretary, assists church staff, and organizes special events. 
P:  843-785-4478

 Receptionist: Paulette Gardner
Paulette Gardner is usually the first voice that you hear when you call our church. She can help you with information about our church or direct you to the staff person. Contact Paulette to make your reservations for Wednesday Night Dinner and Special Events.
P:  843-785-4478

Welcome to First Baptist

Annual Christmas Eve

Candlelight Service

6:00 PM


A traditional service with carols,

Children's sermon and Christmas Message

Held in the Sanctuary

The public is invited.

Bring your children with you to the sanctuary

for this special holiday service

as there will be no childcare that evening.



 9:00 AM - Classic worship in the Sanctuary

10:15 AM - Sunday School

11:15 AM - Modern Worship in the Family Life Center  

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