our staff

  • ted duncan


    Ted joined the Bryson City First Baptist Church team in 2010 as Associate Pastor in Spiritual Formation and Youth. Ted finished his Master of Divinity Degree at Gardner-Webb University after serving 10 years with the NC Forest Service as an Educational State Forest Ranger. Ted loves to hike and is married to Robyn Roberts Duncan. They have three children: Johnathan, Mae, and Rebecca.

  • michael and daniel cochran


    Michael and Daniel are graduates of Haywood Community College with degrees in horticulture. In addition to maintaining our facilities, Michael and Daniel serve on our media team and operate a local greenhouse and nursery. 

  • j gilbert


    J has been Music Director since January of 1995 and is also retired  from teaching drama and vocal music at Swain County High School. J received his Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana (Baptist) College and his Master of Religious Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Barbara have lived in WNC since 1976. They have two adult children: Lori and Marty. J loves sports and leading disaster relief mission teams.

  • lori gilbert


    Lori is a gifted musician and serves as pianist at First Baptist Church. Lori is a graduate of Western Carolina University and teaches fifth grade in Jackson County.

  • Rose Ferguson

    Office Ministry Assistant

    Rose has lived in Bryson City over 20 years.  She joined the team early in 2021.  She is happy to serve our community and church family.