About Us


Our Mission

Make disciples. That what Jesus told us to do (Matthew 28:19-20). We exist to make disciples who:



“Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
Matthew 22:36–37

One Another


“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

the World

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16


What We Believe

Our basic biblical beliefs are explained in The Baptist Faith and Message, adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention on June 14, 2000.  View the current edition of The Baptist Faith & Message.

Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.  


Bob Weathers, Senior Pastor

Pastor Bob began his ministry at First Baptist Church in June of 2005. The Lord brought him to FBCS from Bethel Baptist Church in Westminster, SC, where he had served for six years. Pastor Bob has also served churches in TX as well as other churches in NC. He is married to Kim, who actively participates in ministries, including children’s and music ministries. They have one adult daughter, Kaitlyn.

Pastor Bob gave his life to Christ at nine years old in his home church in Winston-Salem. As a teenager he renewed that commitment to Christ, and in college, while studying commu-
nications/journalism, he surrendered to God’s call to be a pastor-teacher. After Pastor Bob graduated from Wingate College in 1984, he furthered his education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Ft. Worth, TX (M.Div., PhD).

Bob has a passion for reaching lost people and helping believers grow in Christ. When he is not preaching, teaching, leading, and loving the people of FBCS, Pastor Bob serves as an adjunct professor for Liberty University Online, and he maintains an active writing ministry.


Favorite Verse: Col. 1:28, “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”

Pastor Bob’s blog: www.bobweathers.net

Kevin Gore, Associate Pastor of Family Life & Discipleship

Pastor Kevin began his full-time pastoral ministry at First Baptist Church on his 26th birthday, October 3rd, 2023. Before serving in his current role, Kevin served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Prior to his time at FBCS, he served in the college ministry and completed an internship at Northwood Baptist Church in Charleston, SC, while attending college. Kevin is married to Kacey and has two daughters Hazel & Hattie.
Pastor Kevin was saved at age 16 here at FBCS during a youth rally. Kevin Surrendered to the Lord’s calling of full-time pastoral ministry in 2023 while serving as the volunteer youth leader at FBCS. Pastor Kevin graduated from Charleston Southern University in 2019, majoring in Business Administration & minoring in Christian Studies. He plans to further his education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Kevin has a passion for next-gen discipleship & helping families grow in Christ together. He enjoys spending time with his family and working on cars in his free time.
Favorite Verse: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

Kristi Smith, Worship Coordinator

Kristi began attending First Baptist Church Shallotte in May of 2008 and joined the music ministry team in 2014. In March of 2017 she became the church’s Interim Music Coordinator. Although she has not always attended First Baptist, it is the church her husband grew up in and it has always felt like home to her. Prior to joining FBCS, Kristi served on the praise and worship team at Living Faith Church in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and traveled with her family’s singing ministry spreading the gospel. Kristi was raised in a small town in West Virginia and came to know the Lord at the age of 10 during a homecoming sing at Bergoo Baptist Church. She will never forget that day, or that her daddy was singing when God tugged at her heart and she answered the call. Within a few short years Kristi was traveling and singing at various churches with a gospel group (something that would continue well into her adulthood). Kristi is married to Chris and they have three beautiful daughters, Sara, Ally and Lainie. She has a B.A. in Music Education from U.N.C- Wilmington and a M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Jones International University. She sees teaching as her mission field and has been employed as a music teacher with Brunswick County Schools since 1995.


Rick Koons, Pianist

Rick began his music studies in organ in 1962 at the age of eight and continued his studies for ten years. He served as organist/pianist in several Pennsylvania churches as well as being active in other music and drama programs. Rick and his wife, Shirley, moved from PA to NC in 2006. Prior to joining the staff of FBCS as Pianist in 2017, Rick served as a pianist, choirmaster, and participated in the Praise Teams in his Brunswick County churches. Rick and Shirley have five children, seventeen grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Rick was blessed with God-loving parents and was raised in a strong Christian environment. He came to Christ in 1966 at a local revival tent meeting in PA.

Rick has a passion for music and loves to play, compose, and arrange music. He also enjoys gardening. He maintains that it is impossible to praise our Lord enough, and continuously keeps a song in his heart and mind.
Favorite Verse: Mark 12:30, Love the Lord Your God With All Your Heart, All Your Soul, All Your Mind, and All Your Strength”

Cheryl Evans, Administrative Assistant

Cheryl began working at First Baptist Church of Shallotte in October of 2021.  She is a native of Brunswick County and is a lifetime member of First Baptist Church.  At the age of 8 years old she gave her lifeo Christ and was baptized at FBCS. During a revival service at FBCS in 1984, she rededicated her life to Christ.  She has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of NC at Wilmington and a Master’s in Library Science from East Carolina University.  Cheryl retired from Brunswick County Schools after 29 years.  Her goal in life is to serve others and see them come to a saving knowledge of Christ.
Favorite Verse:  2 Corinthians 4:16-18, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.”

Kristy Couch, Financial Manager

Kristy’s ministry at First Baptist Church began in October of 2014. Through the Lord’s perfect timing, Kristy was led First Baptist and joined the church just a few months before being called to serve as Financial Manager. She assumed the additional responsibilities of publications and maintainingthe website in 2016. She has an Associates in Business Administration and over 15 years’ experience in finance. Kristy also serves on the Information Technology Ministry. Kristy gave her life to Christ in April of 2001 during an evangelistic performance on Heaven and Hell. She has three children, Alyssa, Blake and Jerrah.

Favorite Verse: Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”


Marvin Long, Custodian


Marvin Long Jr. has been a member of First Baptist Church of Shallotte for 48 years and has been the church Custodian since August of 2016. He has lived in the Shallotte area all his life. He was happily married for 43 years to his late wife, Angela. Marvin has seven grandchildren and many pets.

Marvin serves on the Buildings and Grounds Committee, Nominating Committee, Security Team, Information Technology and Special Events Committee.
His goal is to serve God, the church and children/youth missions.
When not at the church he enjoys his grandchildren and woodworking.
Favorite Verse: John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever would believe in Him would not perish, but would have everlasting life.”