Staff & Leadership

  • Pepper Puryear

    Senior Pastor     email

    Bro. Pepper Puryear came to First Baptist Church in January of 1993. He is native of Cisco, Texas, where he graduated from high school. Bro. Pepper received a bachelor's degree from Howard Payne University and a Master's degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Placing an emphasis on biblical exposition and its application, Bro. Pepper desires his messages to be riveted to reality. Each message is designed with real world living in mind.   He and his wife Debra have three children and five grandchildren.  Pepper is a fan of the MV Tigers, Cisco Loboes,  and all things baseball. 

  • Shannon Hassell

    Associate Pastor of Family Ministries     email

    Shannon joined First Baptist Church as Minister to Families in September of 2009. After serving many years with students and pastoring for almost 8 years at First Baptist Church in Yantis, Shannon, his wife Cyndi and boys Daniel and Caleb come as a family to minister to families and the total ministry of First Baptist, Mt. Vernon.   Shannon accepted Christ at the age of ten, accepted the call to minister as a high school senior, and when not serving at the church enjoys sports, outdoor activities and woodworking.

  • Fred Randles

    Music Minister    email

    An ordained minister, Fred was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, grew up in Tennessee and educated at the University of Tennessee. He and his wife Jane are the parents of a daughter and son-in-law Natalie and Darren Brown and have two granddaughters, Olivia and Camille.  Fred has been the recipient of certificates of appreciation from four United States Presidents, The U. S. Congress and the governments of Cozumel, Mexico and the Bahamas, as well as the entertainment division of Walt Disney World.

  • Matt Mitchell

    Youth Pastor     email

    Matt began serving the FBC students in March, 2022.  His goal is to make and mature followers of Christ.  Matt enjoys hunting, reading, and his fair share of nonsense and shenanigans.  Matt attended Criswell Bible College and was a former youth minister at Allen Heights Baptist Church.  He is married to his sweetheart, Gabby, and together they have four children: Millie, Autry, Ian, and Annie.

  • Anna Tidwell

    Associate Pastor of Childrens Ministry     email

    Anna joined the First Baptist Team in February of 2022.   A former teacher and coach, Anna also served as Children's Associate in San Marcos.  Anna works with preschool through 6th grade children.  Her goal is to help ignite a passion for Christ from a young age.  She enjoys everything outdoors and most of all hanging out with her hubby Montana and three children:  Bear, Colt, and Birdie.

  • Shirley Burkett

    Senior Adult Ministry Coordinator

    Shirley moved to Mt. Vernon in  1999 and has served as senior adult ministry coordinator off and on since 2013.  She was a hair stylist over 30 years.  She and her husband Tommy have two daughters, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends in her spare time.

  • pam williams

    financial administrator

    Pam has been a member of FBC since she was in fourth grade and started working for the church in 2020.  She is a retired school teacher of over 30 years.  Pam is married to David and they have three children, seven grandchildren and two dogs.  She enjoys crafting, spending time with family,  and being outdoors.  

  • Brenda kerr

    pastoral secretary

    After retiring from the 8th Judicial District Court office in December 2021, Brenda joined the staff in April of 2022. Brenda is married to Robert Kerr and together they have 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Robert and Brenda live at Lake Cypress with their two fur-babies and enjoy the lake and riding motorcycles.

  • Resa Williams

    KUC director

    A graduate of Mt. Vernon High School, Resa began working at KUC in March, 2022.   After high school, Resa married a US Navy Seabee.  After 22-1/2 years of traveling with the military, they found their way back to Mt. Vernon.  Resa has a passion for helping children learn and grow, and she wants to plant seeds for growing the kingdom of our Lord and Savior.  

  • Sherrie Rutledge

    KUC Assistant Director (former Director)

    Sherrie became a member of FBC in 1993 and took over as KUC director in 1999.  Sherrie holds a Certificate of Leadership in Childhood Weekday Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has been trained in "hands on Ministry," a volunteer chaplaincy program.   She is a native of Mt. Vernon, and she and her husband Jack have three children, and eight grandchildren.  Sherri fills in as pianist at church services as needed and enjoys fishing, camping, cooking, and gardening.

  • jerry holter

    property manager

    Jerry began working at FBC in 2012.  Besides taking care of the property, Jerry also sings and plays the guitar on Sunday mornings, often mans the sound board, and works with Cubbies on Wednesday nights.  Jerry and his wife Paula have two children, Bill and Jeff.  He enjoys fishing, hunting, and all things outdoors in his spare time.

  • tina wilmeth

    custodial manager

    Tina moved to Mt. Vernon in 1996 and began working for FBC in 1997.  She and her husband Frank have three children and six grandchildren.  She and Frank live on a ranch and raise Longhorns.  Tina also works part-time at Pure Hope Foundation.  In her spare time, she likes to shop and decorate.

  • tammy thompson

    music assistant

    Tammy joined the FBC team in 2018.  She and her husband Clint moved to Mt. Vernon in 2017 and felt that God led them here for a purpose.   They have three children,  one amazing grandchild, and a cute little westie.  Tammy enjoys spending time with her children, especially her grandchild, on the lake or playing games and just hanging out together at home.

  • dennis martin

    custodial assistant

    Dennis began working at FBC in 2013.  Dennis is a retired Baptist pastor of over 40 years.  He has been married to his wife Carolyn over 50 years.  They have three children, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.  He enjoys fishing and model railroading in his spare time.

  • ann blair


    Ann graduated from Cooper High School and East Texas State University with a BS and M.Ed.  She taught at Mt. Vernon schools before retiring and joining KUC.  Ann writes curriculum for KUC.  She is married to Hugh and they have two sons, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

  • camille brown


    Camille has been playing the piano for FBC on and off since 2011.  This year she and her husband moved to Mt. Pleasant which allowed her to come to FBC full time.  Camille is the 504 coordinator at Mt. Pleasant High School and her husband is a coach for Chapel Hill.  They have three children.  In her spare time, Camille enjoys playing the piano and anything outdoors.