Our Ministry Team

Pastoral Ministry Team

Rev. Dr. Paul R. Gilliam III (Trey)

Interim Pastor


Trey Gilliam was called to First Baptist Church of Ahoskie as interim pastor in February of 2017. Trey is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Chowan University. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees from Gardner-Webb University, a Master of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Edinburgh. He, his wife Lou Ann, and their daughter Matty Grace, are members of Murfreesboro Baptist Church.

Rev. Anita D. Thompson

Associate Pastor

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Anita D. Thompson joined the staff of First Baptist Church of Ahoskie as Associate Pastor on April 15, 2002. An Ahoskie native, she is a graduate of East Carolina University (B.M.), the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.C.M.), and the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (M.Div.).

Prior to joining the staff of FBC Ahoskie, Anita served as Minister of Music, Minister to Children, and Minister of Youth for churches in Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia, and North Carolina. First Baptist Church of Ahoskie had the privilege to ordain Anita to the ministry in 1997.

Anita’s household includes two canine pals, Carlton and Lucy, and two felines, Simon and Ashley. For personal enjoyment Anita loves to read, sew, and spend time with family and friends.

Ms. Clair A. Saunders

Minister with Youth

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Clair A. Saunders joined the staff of First Baptist Church in September of 2015. Her responsibilities include fostering an environment of discipleship, Bible study, service, and fellowship for middle and high school students.

She is  a student at Campbell University and in her free time, she enjoys making music, artwork, spending time with her son, and renovating her new/old home.

Please contact Clair if you have any questions about youth ministry, your faith journey, church ministry, or anything else!

Rev. Dr. Jesse J. Croom

Pastor Emeritus

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Jesse J. Croom, a native of Burlington, served as the 23rd pastor of First Baptist Church from 1991-2005.  He was educated at Elon College, Wake Forest University, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Dr. Croom has served six other churches in North and South Carolina.

Dr. Croom and his wife, Mary Anne, now call Edenton, North Carolina home.

A beloved former pastor and mentor to our current pastor, Dr. Croom is honored to continue serving First Baptist Church as Pastor Emeritus.

Music Ministry Team

Mr. Buddy Hyatt, III

Music Associate/Organist

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Mr. Bland Baker

Music Associate/Pianist

Administrative and Facilities Ministry Team

Ms. Carol E. Hunt

Office Assistant

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Carol Hunt is a life-long resident of Hertford County.  She was raised in Ahoskie and then moved to the St. Johns community, where she still resides.  She joined the staff of First Baptist Church of Ahoskie on June 3, 2015 as office assistant.  Her primary responsibilities include producing The Window, the church’s newsletter, the weekly Order of Worship, and other church communications.  Other duties include assisting the ministerial staff, committees, and church members.

She graduated from Ahoskie High School and Roanoke-Chowan Community College with a degree in Information Systems Technology.   Carol is a widow with two grown children, one adorable granddaughter, and two canines who are PaPa and Bigboy.   

Carol has been a member of the Soul Saving Station for more than thirty years .  She loves the Lord Jesus Christ, loves working in His house and looks forward to getting to know all of the First Baptist Church family.

Mrs. Martie Tayloe

Church Administrator

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Martie Tayloe joined the staff of The First Baptist Church of Ahoskie as Financial Secretary in July of 2004, after moving to the area from Richmond, Virginia.

Martie and her husband Jack have three grown children, three grandchildren and three critters: Sarah and Atticus (canines) and Jo-Jo, the cat. The latter three still live at home.

A native of Halifax, NC, Martie was raised in Richmond and spent her college years in Colorado, but has always kept a strong connection to multi-generational family roots in Northeastern NC. She enjoys being closer to her large extended family now.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church is the Tayloes’ church home, where they are active members. She counts herself uniquely lucky to have two church families!

Mr. C. Judd Byrd


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Ms. Wilhamina M. Sessoms


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