Our Ministry Team

Pastoral Ministry Team

Rev. Dr. Paul R. Gilliam III (Trey)


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Trey Gilliam was called to First Baptist Church of Ahoskie as pastor on July 9, 2017. He is an Associate Professor of Religion at Chowan University. Trey 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, live in Murfreesboro, NC.

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 one feline, Ashley. For personal enjoyment Anita loves to read, sew, and spend time with family and friends.

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

Miss Judy G. Pierce

Office Assistant

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Judy G. Pierce faithfully served FBC Ahoskie as full-time secretary for twenty-four years before retiring in May of 2015. When the need arose for a part-time office assistant, Judy re-joined the church staff in that role. The church is grateful to Judy for continuing to share her gifts in this way.

Judy graduated from Ahoskie High School and attended East Carolina University.  She is a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, and is an ever-faithful member of the Sanctuary Choir and the Vocal Ensemble.

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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