Meet Emily and Jeff!


Hi! I'm Emily Whitaker, and am delighted to be serving as interim director of 1st Explorers this year! I'm from Kings Mountain, NC, and I graduated from Western Carolina with a Bachelors degree in Commercial and Electronic Music. I aspire to attend graduate school in the fall of 2020 at Appalachian State University to acquire a Master's degree in Music Therapy. I am also a director of the WCU United Sound chapter which allows college students with special needs to learn how to play instruments and perform music. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, kayaking, relaxing, playing music, and spending time with family and friends.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at FBC Sylva and being a part of 1st Explorers. The kids are phenomenal, and I love interacting with them, teaching them, and watching them grow into amazing human beings. I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing organization and to be a part of you and your children's lives. I look forward to an amazing year with you all!


Hi! I’m Jeff Logan. I grew up in Stone Mountain Georgia and graduated from Georgia State University. My previous working life was with large corporations such as 3M, Bristol Myers and Dupont. I also spent many years in Rabun County rehabbing homes and driving a school bus. Sylva has been my home for 2 years where I work for Jackson County School Systems and Western Carolina University in Student Transportation.

I have three children all in their twenties. Megan and Ben graduated from the University of Georgia and Haley from Georgia Tech. All three have wonderful careers in Atlanta. I am a dedicated Dad that participated in a variety of sports coaching assignments and required that all my children have an excellent foundation in church, education and music. I am equally interested and delighted to help all children enjoy and enrich their lives through learning experiences. So, I am very excited to assist First Baptist provide their superb Explorer programs for the children of Jackson County and assist the church with other duties.