Mitch Whidden - Senior Pastor

Pastor Mitch and Debbie were married in 1992 as high school sweethearts. They have 5 children; Mitch and his wife Jenna, Mindy and her husband Joey, and their son Michael.

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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If you would like to contact Pastor Mitch, click here.

Jeffrey Johnson - Pastor of

worship & Young Adults

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. Hannah and I married in September 2015 and graduated from SBTS in May 2016 completing our Masters Degrees. 


We are now new parents and love our life together here in Cecilia, KY 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 antiquing.


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Braden Proffitt - Director of Children & Youth

Braden and Afton are both from this area. Braden grew up in Vine Grove, and Afton lived right down the road in Glendale. They both attended and graduated from WKU in May of 2016, and were married shortly after that in July of 2016. Braden received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Afton received her Bachelor’s in Corporate and Organizational Communication, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. After graduating from college, they both began their teaching careers in the Warren County Public Schools, teaching 2nd grade and middle school special education.

After being away from the area for about 5 years, they decided that it was time to come back home. They both continued their teaching careers as 3rd grade and middle school special education teachers, respectively. Braden is now full-time with the church, and serves as the Director for Youth and Children and has his supporting wife and ministry partner, AftonA, by his side when she is not teaching her middle schoolers or busy continuing their side business (Proffitt Design Co.) of designing and decorating homes, wedding, and spaces.

The Proffitts live on a farm in Glendale with their dog, Augie Ray. When they are not here at church fulfilling their passion for sharing the gospel with all of God’s children, you can find them doing almost anything outdoors, doing projects/renovations around their house, kayaking, adventuring, or traveling and enjoying their time spent together.

Our journey that has led us here to FCBC has been quite the adventure, and we’d love to get the chance to share that with you. We’re still new around here, so please come introduce yourself to us when we cross paths! We can’t wait to grow into and fulfill this position, and get to know our new church family. Thank you all for this incredible opportunity… let’s get to work!


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Bonnie Rushing - Office manager

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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Cynthia Scott - counselor

Cynthia, owner and founder of Cornerstone Counseling Center, is a licensed counselor, providing counseling services to Elizabethtown and surrounding communities. 


Phone: 270.205.4499

Fax: 270.282.7153


To request an appointment online, click here. 


If you would like to contact Cornerstone Counseling via email, click here.