Our Staff


Senior Pastor

Pastor Donnie Burke has more than 27 years of full-time ministry experience, from youth and children's ministries to worship and senior pastorate positions. He and his family have been involved in church planting for the last 10 years.


Rev. Mark Walker . Worship, Adult, & Associate Pastor

Mark has been on staff since 1998.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Welch College in Nashville, TN. in 1989, with a BS degree in Christian Education.  He has been serving full- time in the youth or music ministry in Free Will Baptist churches in AL, MS, and now GA since graduating.  After a long time serving as youth minister, Mark has been the music minister since 2009.  He and his wife Donna have four lovely daughters;  Taylor, Madison, Christian and Hayden.


Stephen Swails

Interim Student Pastor


Elyse Loudenbarger

Interim Children's Director


Tisha Glover . Administrative Assistant

Tisha has grown up at First Free Will Baptist Church. She has been an assistant at the church since 1984. Her kind, gentle personality and pleasant voice makes her a perfect fit for her responsibilities. She and her husband Dillard are faithful members of FFWBC. They have two beautiful daughers, and one incredible grandson. 


Carolyn Griner . Administrative Assistant

Carolyn has been an administrative assistant at First Free Will Baptist Church since 1978. She is a skilled assistant, a "people person," and sees her position at the church as a ministry.  Her concern for people and the Church separates her from your typical assistant.  Carolyn is the one that everyone calls when they need to know something or get something done.  She and her husband, Sonny, are long time members of First Free Will Baptist Church. 


Sherry McLeod . Financial Assistant