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.

Raise the Roof Luncheon

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The Raise the Roof Campaign will be having a luncheon on Saturday, August 24th at 12:00 noon in the MFC. This will be a festive occasion with beautifully decorated tables, delicious food, entertainment, door prizes and a silent auction. Tickets are $25.00. Seating and tickets are limited, so your ticket should be bought by August 11th. You may call Jennie at 828-399-0623 or Linda at 828-421-2303 for further information. Tickets will be available in the Church office. There will be no tickets sold at the door the day of the luncheon. Men are welcomed as well. Rebecca Mathis will be singing a musical program for us. It should be a great day! Hope to see you there!

Update on the Wall

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Update on the Wall –

One order of business at the deacon’s meeting on Sunday, July 28 was to discuss and determine a course of action related to the “falling” wall on the Landis Street side of the church. 

Anyone interested in learning more about the bids can join the deacons for a discussion in the MFC immediately following this Sunday’s worship service. The actual up/down vote will take place the next Sunday, August 11 following the worship service.

Note: The monies for the wall project will come from the “Raise the Roof Campaign Funds.

Jim Campbell
Deacon Chair

Volunteers Needed for Church Yard Work

The building and grounds team is looking for volunteers to participate in a workday at the church on Saturday beginning at 8 AM. They will be cleaning flower beds, pulling weeds, pruning bushes, and other various yard work. If you are willing to help, please meet at the church at 8 AM this Saturday, or contact Harold Messer for more details.


Stained Glass Windows for Sale!

Help! We have windows for sale! The stained glass windows from the Chapel are on display in the Gathering Room and you may have one for a donation as you feel led to give. Also the new column can be purchased for any donation. These donations will go to the Raise the Roof Campaign. Please take a piece of our Church history home with you! 

Yard Sale for Raise the Roof

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RTR ALERT! There will be a rummage sale in the MFC on May 4th to benefit the Raise the Roof Campaign. Please bring your gently used household items to the MFC either Wednesday evening, May 1st, or on Friday, May 3rd between 9 and 3. Please, children’s clothing only. We’ll be sorting and pricing on Friday, May 3rd and would welcome your help. Thanks!

UPDATED Deacon/ Trustee Ballot

Attached, here, is our Deacon/ Trustee ballot for 2019. Several adjustments have been made since the ballot was presented to the church this past Sunday.

This new ballot will be printed on blue paper and will be available to the church on Sunday morning. We will be given the chance to vote during the worship hour. Your signed and completed ballot must be submitted to the church no later than the end of worship on Sunday, March 31.

If you are unable to be in worship this Sunday, you may pick-up an updated ballot and turn it in to the church office during work hours this week. 

Thank you for your prayerful attention to our discernment process.