Mitch Whidden - Senior Pastor

Pastor Mitch and Debbie were married in 1992 as high school sweethearts. They have 6 children; Mitch and his wife Jenna, Mindy and her husband Joey, and Michael and his wife McKinley.

A native of Florida, Mitch joined the Marine Corps after high school and it was there that God called him into ministry. After serving 4 years his family moved to Lynchburg, VA to attend Liberty Bible Institute. After those two years of ministry training he was licensed and ordained at his home church, First Baptist Church of Ft. Ogden, Florida. He is a graduate of Boyce Bible College with a degree in Missions, Evangelism, and Church Planting. He is currently pursing a Master's of Theology degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Mitch has served in churches in Florida, Indiana, and most recently on staff at the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana before coming to FCBC in 2017. 

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with Debbie and his children, reading or watching old westerns, and hunting. Debbie is called to minister alongside Mitch as a homemaker. She is also a teacher and speaks at women's events.

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Eric Oliver - Family Pastor

I, like most people, thought I had the meaning of life all figured out.  I was married and we had our first child.  Life was moving on smoothly, or so I thought.  At 29,000 feet, aboard a flight I realized that I didn’t have life all figured out.  On that flight, twenty years ago, one of the engines stopped working and caused the plane to shake and start to angle downward.  The pilots got control of the plane but God was trying to take control of my heart.  I realized then that without Christ I wouldn’t have eternal life.  That many times over and over again I heard people talk to me about Christ but it wasn’t until I was looking possible death did I come to the realization that Christ was needed in my life.  Not much longer after that flight I stopped running from God and started walking with Him as a child of God by believing in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  God started a great work within me as I soon started to help teach children than became a Deacon.  In March 2011, I answered the call God had put on my heart and that was the call to ministry.  I have served as a minister on staff at three different churches in the area.  God has now placed me as the Family Pastor here at Franklin Crossroads Baptist Church.  I look forward to sharing what God has done in my life and most importantly sharing the gift of eternal life that God has given thru Jesus Christ.


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Jeffrey Johnson - Worship Pastor

Before Christ, I was an a "know it all" high school teenager whose identity rested in power lifting, academic performance, and girls. While these things can be good in there proper contexts, it wasn't until the conviction of the Holy Spirit came upon me that I realized these things cannot save me from my sin. I realized, through the work of the Holy Spirit, that my sin was separating me from God and that I was destined for eternal separation from God (Romans 3:23). Thankfully, through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, I have placed my faith in Him and I am forever secure in my salvation (Romans 3:21-26). My identify is no longer in the things mentioned above, but in Christ. I no longer live to perform or to please man but to serve my God. I learned that our works cannot earn us favor with God, only by placing our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, do we regain favor with God (Romans 3:20).  


In college, I got involved with a great church and a campus ministry called Campus Crusade for Christ where I began to grow spiritually and learn more about what a life of serving God looks like. I picked up the guitar, leading worship for our Thursday night meetings, began to share my faith with students on campus, and served in my church as the worship leader. Near the end of my college career, the Lord called me into the ministry. Realizing I needed the training and education to serve a church well, I moved to Louisville, KY to study at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where I met God's greatest gift of all to me, my lovely wife, Hannah.  


We have been married since September 2015 and are loving life together here in Cecilia, KY and serving this wonderful church. In our free time, you can find me, or rather hear me, quite loudly listening to metal music and you can find my wife anitquing. We are also big movie buffs and love going on dates with each other.


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Bonnie Rushing - Administrative Assistant

My testimony begins as a young girl who after seeing her sister go forward for salvation, felt emotional and followed her. The pastor asked several questions while he prayed with me at the altar. As a scared little girl, who didn’t really understand why I was there, answered with what I thought were the correct answers. He stood up and announced that another one has been saved. Through the years after that, I struggled with the need for salvation because in my heart I knew nothing had changed. But I kept assuring myself that since I had gone forward and prayed everything was o.k. But as a young adult the struggle continued as the Holy Spirit made it more clear that I had not received salvation. 


Finally, as a young mother still wrestling with the need to give my heart to Christ, I cried out to the One who had the answers I needed. I talked openly with Him as you would a friend telling Him that I was tired of not knowing for sure if I was a Christian. Next, I told Him that I believed in Him and asked Him to come into my heart to remove all doubt. His sweet spirit filled the room and His voice was so clear when He told me that I am His.


During the time since that day, I have never doubted my salvation again. My favorite song is “It is Well With My Soul” because I struggled so long and now I know He lives in me. I am faced daily with difficult situations like everyone else and God is always faithful to speak as he teaches me to surrender all to Him.


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