Pastors and Staff

Pastor Cliff has 23 years of preaching and pastoral experience. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Leavell College, a Master of Divinity Degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a certified church consultant and has served in various positions at the associational level and within the Mississippi Baptist Convention. Cliff and his wife Tracy, grew up in central Mississippi and have been married for 21 years. They have three children, Shaohannah (13), Sadie (10), and Charlie (3).
Keith Egner - Minister-Children & Families
Keith Egner was born in Miami, FL and received his Bachelor of Church Ministry at Trinity Baptist College. He joined the First Baptist Canton (FBC) staff 7 years ago as Overseer of Family Ministry for children from birth to 5th grade. Additional staff members are April McDaniel, Breanne Cunningham and Tammy Frazier. There are over 100 volunteers working in the Family Ministry Department. He says the most interesting part of his job is the ability to connect with the kids; getting to make them smile and helping them to connect to Jesus. Keith stressed that our church family can help FBC Family Ministry by praying, getting involved with serving opportunities and championing our children and their parents. Patricia (Trisha) and Keith will be married 16 years this December. They live in Ball Ground with sons Caleb, 13 years old and Kyle, 12. Their youngest son, Christian was 5 years old when he passed away in 2015. You can see photos of a smiling Christian on the posters for the Smile Run which will take place October 8 at FBC. The proceeds from the Smile Run will benefit Ralph Bunch Preschool which has a special needs prevention program. The Christian Egner Foundation, which Keith and Trisha established exists to support programs to assist children with special needs. In replying to "What does Jesus mean to you?" Keith said "He is my life. Jesus gives me the strength, rest and passion I need to make it. I want to be an extension of Jesus to my family, church and community." Keith's favorite Bible verse - II Corinthians 5:7 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come." NIV
John was born in Orlando, Florida but claims Decatur, Georgia as to where he was reared. Attending both elementary and High Schools in Decatur, GA After graduating from High school, John was married to his high school sweetheart, Patty (Hudgins). Enrolling in the night school at John Marshall University and starting a family kept he and Patty quite busy. They have two adult children now and 12 grandchildren. Moving to Mobile Alabama they began attending the Cottage Hill Baptist Church. Patty had accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age but John was still without Christ as Lord and Savior. During a Revival service he heard the gospel very clearly. Later that night as he lay in bed thinking about what he had heard, God clearly spoke to him and so literally rolling off the bed, he found himself on his knees. He prayed and fully embraced Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Shortly thereafter, the Lord began calling him into Vocational ministry. Attending a Bible school and later the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary at the North Georgia campus. He graduated from NOBTS in 1983 already having served in several churches. Being led to Thomasville, Georgia a new church start was begun. John served as pastor there and in other churches in both the Georgia convention and Florida convention for approximately 15 years. Open to God’s call in 1988 he began serving as a regional representative with Moody Bible Institute. This involved visiting donors that were supportive of the Bible Institute. Retiring in 2013. FBCCanton asked John in 2014 to join the Pastoral Staff. John currently serves as the Pastoral Care/Senior Adult Pastor. John and Patty make their home in Ball Ground.
Dave Hall was born in El Paso, Texas and with his family moved to Billings, Montana where he accepted the Lord in Sunday school. He was 8 years of age and this is why he is an BIG advocate of Sunday School. Dave graduated from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary and was licensed in 2000, and ordained in 2001 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Billings, Montana. This past April, Dave became the First Baptist Canton (FBC) Youth Pastor (aka Ministry to Students). He comes to us with 25 years of experience working with youth, missions, and evangelism. "No two days are ever the same. Ever. My greatest joy in ministry is seeing someone catch a glimpse of Jesus, and follow after Him with abandon.” Working with youth, from 6th to 12th grade, Dave’s team consists of his wife Lonnie along with a team of wonderful, dedicated adults. Dave loves having parents involved with student programs. Dave and Lonnie were married thirty three years ago in Billings; Montana. They have a married son, David and a married daughter, Nicki, along with granddaughter Andi, and grandson Jett. Dave enjoys riding motorcycles, and Lonnie has a reserved seat right behind him!. When asked "What does Jesus mean to you? Dave answered "Life and Hope. I get up every day to live for Him and serve Him, and I go to bed hoping I did that." Dave's favorite Bible Verses - for Ministry - Ephesians 4:12 (our job) "for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ", and for Personal - John 10:10 "A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance." HCSB