Rev. Bear Grant

Associate Pastor of Children & Families

Bear is the Associate Pastor of Children and Families.


He is married to Amanda and they have four children: Peyton, Cooper, Avery, and Harper.


Bear has a Bachelor of Science in Religion from Liberty University as well as a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


He enjoys watching movies, cooking, reading, and attending concerts. 


Rev. Eric Dyer

Associate Pastor of Youth

Eric is the Associate Pastor of Youth.


He is married to Julia Dyer and they have one daughter, Charlotte.


Eric has a Bachelor of Science from Tennessee Tech University and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


He enjoys to read, write, and exercise. 


Will Emery

Associate Pastor of Administration & Discipleship

Will was born and raised in Blackshear, Georgia. God graciously saved him at the age of 12 and then called him to ministry at the age of 15.  Will served as the youth intern at FBC for 3 years before becoming the

Extensions Pastor. He is currently enjoying his time in Blackshear while finishing up his degree through Southeastern Seminary. 


Will's role in the church is to provide leadership for missions and ministry within FBC Blackshear, specifically:


  • Providing Leadership and oversight for ministries within the Church 

  • Overseeing the Calendar of the Church. 

  • Assisting the Media Director in creating images and videos for Social media channels, and Sunday Morning services

  • Working alongside the ministry staff in providing care to the members of the church. 

Will enjoys to read, travel, and golf.

Rev. Matt Peters

Associate Pastor of Worship


Matt serves as the Associate Pastor of Worship for FBC Blackshear. He joined the staff in October 2020. Matt is from Cordele, GA and moved to Waycross in 2002. He is married to Jessica and they have four children, Lily, Will, Ella, and Judah.


Matt earned an A.S. in Business Management from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College as well as a B.S. in Business Management from Georgia Southwestern State University. After college, Matt spent nine years working as a golf professional and earned Class A status with the PGA of America. In 2009 he answered the call to the ministry and has served in the areas of outreach, community missions and worship leadership. Matt has recently graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a M.A. in Pastoral Ministry.


Matt enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, hiking, kayaking, and playing & singing music.

Bruce Callahan is the Media Director and has been an active member at FBC for over 26 years.

He is married to Cindy, who plays the piano and keyboards at FBC.  They have two children, Courtney and Ryan, as well as a daughter-in-law, Lindsey.

Bruce retired from UPS in January 2020 and accepted the role of Media Director at FBC.  

He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.


Bruce Callahan

Media Director

Gwen Cason

Ministry Assistant

Gwen is the Ministry Assistant.

Gwen joined the First Baptist Church staff in February 2001 as Secretary and has been Ministry Assistant since 2007.

Born and raised in Blackshear, GA, Gwen accepted Christ at the age of 12 at her home church, Beulah Baptist Church. 

She is married to Bill Cason and has two daughters: Joanna Savino and Brianna King.

She enjoys working in her yard, cooking, shopping, and spending time with her family.

Denise Taylor

Financial Secretary

Denise is the Financial and Membership Secretary.

Denise joined the staff at First Baptist Church in August 1999 as Secretary and has been the Financial and Membership Secretary since November 2000.

She is married to Richie Taylor, and they have two children, Robbie (Amanda) Taylor and Maura (Brandon) Carter, and three granddaugters, Adalynn & Austyn Taylor and Avery Carter.

She is a member of Lees Chapel Baptist Church.