Worship and Youth Pastor
Nick Prieto is the Pastor of Worship and Youth at First Baptist. He is from Warner Robins, GA and graduated from Houston County High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Worship and Music Studies from Liberty University and Master of Arts and Master of Religious Education degrees from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
Nick passionately believes in the development of each believer in their relationship with Christ in order that they may live in daily victory and effectively reach others for Him. He is excited about leading the believers at First Baptist in their growth in worship as well as engaging the youth in a dynamic relationship with Christ.
Nick and Hannah were married February 2015. They are so excited about God's working in their lives and look forward to life together! Music is a calling and hobby of Nick. Though Nick grew up as a percussionist, he currently focuses most of his time musically developing as a vocalist and guitarist. Golf, tennis, and baseball are among Nick’s favorite sports, and he loves to play most sports. It is no secret that Nick is an avid fan of the New York Yankees (go Yanks!). Nick also loves to spend time with his family and friends.
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Pastor of Discipleship and Congregational Care
Rusty Grace serves as the Discipleship and Systems Pastor at FBCWR. Rusty is from Warner Robins, was raised in First Baptist Church and is a graduate of Warner Robins High School. He has undergraduate degrees in History and Christianity and a graduate degree in Theology from Mercer University.
Rusty would echo the Apostle Paul's words from Philippians 3:8: Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. He is grateful for the grace, forgiveness and the faithfulness of Jesus Christ and desires to help others follow Jesus. As Discipleship and Systems Pastor, he is eager to help his fellow believers come to know Christ in a deeper way and live out Christ's calling on their lives to the glory of God and the good of others.
Rusty enjoys reading, evening strolls, college football, different types of music, fairly useless trivia, studying theology and history, and tea. A hot cup of Earl Grey tea is pretty essential for the day! He also enjoys times with friends and family and any opportunity to laugh with others.
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Ann Cooper serves as the Financial Secretary of FBC. Ann graduated from Bradford High School in Starke, Florida and has taken several classes through the years to enhance her ministry. She has served in church offices for over 20 years and joined our team in August of 2005.
Ann’s passion is to be a blessing to someone each and every day. She believes our lives should show the love of Christ, and she believes in being “real”. And He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
Ann and her husband, Pastor Lewis Cooper, have 2 children, Alan (Amy) and Amanda (Brett). They also have 2 grandsons, Aidan and Colin. Ann loves spending time with family and serving in church. She and Pastor Lewis have been in ministry for over 25 years, serving churches in Florida, Texas and Georgia.