Dr. John Barber is the Senior Pastor of Calhoun First Baptist Church. A graduate of Covenant College and New Orleans Theological Seminary, he spent twenty-three years in various staff roles at Brainerd Hills Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee before joining us in 2013. He is married to Beth and has two children, Lauren and Andrew. In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and reading history. 

Reverend Lance Cole is the Minister of Music at Calhoun First Baptist Church. A graduate of Samford University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he has been with the church since 2014.  Lance is married to Robin and has a son, Caleb. In his free time, Lance enjoys reading, working on home projects, and spending time with his family. 

Reverend Steven Waters is the Minister of Students at Calhoun First Baptist Church. A graduate of the University of Alaska, University of Phoenix, Capella University, he is pursuing his Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Theological Seminary. After interning with the church from 2014-2015, he became a full-time staff member in 2017. Steven is married to Tricia and has two children, Alyssa and Junior.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time at the beach, playing golf, and tennis. 

Mr. Travis Hurd is the Children’s Ministry Director at Calhoun First Baptist Church. A graduate of Shorter University and the University of Georgia, he began leading Children’s Church in 2010 and has been serving in his current role since 2013. He is married to Emily and has three sons: Will, Walker, and Jackson. Travis enjoys fishing, movies, and playing sports with his children.

Mrs. Emily Hurd is the Preschool Ministry Director at Calhoun First Baptist Church. A graduate of Shorter University, she has been serving in her current position since 2014.  She is married to Travis Hurd and has three sons: Will, Walker, and Jackson. Emily enjoys scrapbooking, reading and watching sports with her family. 

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