our story

It all started in November of 1817 when a meeting was held to discuss the forming of a Baptist Church in White Oak Flats, Gatlinburg’s former name. In June of 1837, our church was officially pronounced a constituted church. In July of 1932, the White Oak Flats Baptist Church became the Gatlinburg Baptist Church, which later became the name we call it now: First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg. In 1937, our church celebrated 100 years of progress — we’d grown to be a church that provided educational facilities for 535, with a beautiful sanctuary seating 584.

In 1991, we completed a new church facility, which is where Gatlinburg and locals can join us in worship today. Our building is built on 10 acres of land on Highway 321 on Oglewood Lane. We are proud to now offer plenty of educational space, and more room for seating and parking.

Our traditions still remain the same, though — ministering to the mountain community that surrounds us and the world that comes to our door.

About Rev. Nick Moore

Nick has served at FBC since August 2021. He was married to Kyndra in 2003 and the Lord has blessed them with seven children. Born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, Nick pastored in the Louisville-Metro area for about nine years prior to moving his family to Zimbabwe where he served as a missionary training pastors for nearly 6 years. Nick received his B.A. from Boyce College in 2007 and M.Div from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010. He is currently a Ph.D candidate in Old Testament Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He enjoys hunting, camping, off-roading, and the occasional round of golf. As a blue-blooded UK fan, he is slowly learning to love UT Vol orange strictly because he loves East Tennessee and its people.

our staff

Meet the amazing staff at First Baptist Church of Gatlinburg:

Rev. Nick Moore

Senior Pastor
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Rev. Bryon Fortner

Minister of Youth
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Rev. Cameron Beckerdite

Worship Pastor
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Cindy Redmond

Church Secretary
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Kayla Bennett

Children’s Ministry Director
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Brittany Wilson

Mother’s Day Out Director
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Terri Soehn

Financial Secretary

Larry Waters

Deacon Chairman

Nancy Hodges


Bob Powell


Susan Dunn


Missy Saffelder

Music Ministry Assistant
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