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 Smith

Eirka Smith 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.
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

First Baptist Church of Hilton Head Island is a growing community of faith that is committed to presenting the Lord Jesus Christ, through the Bible, so that people may come into our fellowship to love Him, to serve Him, and to share Him with all people.

We are glad you have found us and hope that you will take the time to discover the unique opportunities we have available to you here.


 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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