The Pastor’s Perspective – May 8, 2022

Dear First Family,

What a wonderful blessing this past Sunday was! You are a gracious and kind people and your welcome to me as your new pastor could not have been better. I look forward to our days ahead!

Sunday is Mother’s Day. We will take time during worship to allow parents to dedicate their children to the Lord. This is a time for, not only the parents, but the church as a whole to enter into a commitment to do all we can to help these children come up in the love and admonition of the Lord. As parents invest their lives in our church, where they will raise their children, we, as a body of believers, should be careful to come alongside the family and do our part to help and guide their children in the ways of the Lord. May our every action encourage and strengthen them in their walk to know Christ at an early age!

I have appreciated your prayers and encouragement during my time of finishing one ministry and arriving as your pastor. As an update to your prayers, now please pray that God will bless our efforts as we strive to move forward together in His Name. My family will be here in the coming days as they finish up the school year. We anticipate our move in June, and we seek His discernment and some open doors (literally) as we strive to secure housing.

We are blessed to be here. We look forward to the days ahead. It is a joy to be your pastor.



Otter Creek – June 2

Both children and youth will be going to Otter Creek Water Park on June 2. Please note that the following information only applies to the youth.

The youth can ride the PFBC bus to Chick-Fil-A and Otter Creek. The bus will be leaving the Xchange at 4PM on June 2, 2022. We will be back around 8:30 PM. Please send money with your youth for Chick-Fil-A. There is no cost for Otter Creek. Students should dress appropriately for both Chick-Fil-A and Otter Creek. Students should bring a change of clothes for the ride back from Otter Creek. They should also bring sunscreen and towels. Please sign up at


Summer Kid’s Calendar!

Please plan for your family to attend these upcoming events:
• June 2 – Otter Creek Water Park (more information to come)
• June 20 – 23 – Vacation Bible School (more information to come)
• July 15 – 17 – CentriKid camp (for 1st – 5th graders)
• July 24 – Powdersville YMCA Pool Party (more information to come)
• October 7 – 9 – Children’s Fall Retreat at Awanita Valley (more infor- mation to come)


Deacon Selection – 2022

We will select 5 new deacons on Sunday morning, May 15. As set forth in our church bylaws, deacons are chosen from among the men of our church who are at least 21 years of age and have been a member of the church for at least one year. For the convenience of our church family, a list of men who meet this age and membership requirement is available in the vestibule. However, our church has higher qualifications for deacons than just age and membership requirements.

We require deacons to meet the biblical qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 and Acts 6:1-7. Generally, these qualifications require that a man demonstrate Godly character, doctrinal soundness, and the spiritual qualities necessary to provide effective leader- ship in his home and the church. He should also be faithful to the church in attendance, service, and giving.

Please keep these qualifications in mind as you prayerfully look through the list of men in our church. On Sunday morning, May 15, be prepared to vote for 5 men who meet these qualifications. Keep in mind that this is not a nomination process. The top five qualified men who agree to serve will be presented to the church on August 14 for confirmation.

The men whose names are listed below are currently serving as deacons. Those rotating off this year are ineligible for re-election for one year
Rotate Off in 2022
Joe Dunn
Lynn Fisher
Larry Martin
Roger Smith
Mendel Stewart
Rotate Off in 2023
Zander Clarkson
Jimmy Dickard
David Harper
Don Shuman
Jeff Turner
Rotate Off in 2024
Colton Ashley
Boyce Couch
Gil Stewart
Victor Whitworth
Andy Williams


Volunteers Needed for the Azalea Festival

We are looking for ways to move beyond the walls of the church building and to build relationships with our community. One such opportunity that is coming up is to volunteer to help with the Azalea Festival on the weekend of May 6th & 7th. We need two volunteers for Friday night to help with the car show, volunteers to help vendors to set up on Saturday morning, and volunteers to help with an informational booth in the afternoon. If you would be willing to help, please sign-up on the table next to the entrance of the Fellowship Hall, or contact Jeff at


Serving You!

Do you or a loved one need something taken care of around your house? Let me (Colton) know and I will work on getting some youth over to your house! I don’t think you want us wiring a house (HA!) but we can handle picking up sticks and planting flowers! You can reach me at 864-420-6454.


Graduate Recognition Sunday

Our graduate recognition service will be Sunday, May 15, 2022.
This is for high school, post-secondary, graduate, and post-graduate degrees! Please send Colton Ashley five photos of the graduate, the graduate’s full name, the degree/diploma earned, and the name of
the school from which the student is graduating. We will have a luncheon in honor of the graduates in the Xchange following the service. Parents, siblings and grandparents are invited to the luncheon!
Deadline to send this information to Colton is May 1, 2022.


The Pastor’s Perspective – May 1, 2022

Dear First Family,
It is with joy and excitement that I look forward to a month of May (and beyond) of worship with you! As you know, April was, for my family and me, a month of events that seldom come around in a lifetime. My family was welcomed into a body of believers and we have concluded a decade and half with another body of believers. That makes for a rollercoaster ride in one month. The grace of God, your kind words, and your prayers have been a constant reassurance for my family and me. We have sought your prayers and we are seeing answers. I asked for you to pray that I finish well. April 24th concluded my preaching ministry. I asked many of you to pray that my Ole Miss graduating daughter would find a teaching job, and she did!! Throughout that time I have prayed for Pickens First Baptist and our days together.
The month of May is a crucial month. Not only is it a month filled with celebrations of Godly mothers, congratulations to our graduates, and appreciation to those who have sacrificed for our freedoms, but it is also the month before the “Long, Hot Summer.” I call it that because nothing is really normal at church during the summer. There are more vacations than normal, less opportunities for weekly ministry, and more opportunities to do missional work. Between your week off and another one’s week off, we miss each other. Lives are changed during the summer, lifelong memories are made, but it is, no doubt, different days. Therefore, let’s make the most of May together.
This Sunday I will begin a one month series entitled “First Things First”. I want to begin our time together by making clear what my priorities are as your pastor. What we talk about in May is really the foundation of what drives my passion in ministry. Pray that we start strong, and, on a personal note, please pray that our new housing is secure. Again, I look forward to these much anticipated days.
It is a joy to be your pastor.


Youth Summer Camp – 2022

The youth will be going to Look Up Lodge in Travelers Rest July 10, 2022 through July 15, 2022. The cost is $175 per youth. This cost can be paid up-front or on the following payment schedule:

  • A $50 deposit must be made by April 24, 2022.
  • A $100 payment must be made by May 22, 2022. 
  • A $25 payment must be made by June 26, 2022. 

These costs are non-refundable.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Colton Ashley at or 864-420-6454. If you need financial assistance, please let Colton know.
Register by April 6, 2022 at


PFBC Youth Lock-In

The youth had a great time at the lock-in Friday night! They were well behaved, had fun and learned about Jesus! The following volunteers were instrumental in making the event a success!
  • Jon and Tonya Wilson
  • Becca Newman
  • Jeremy and Emily Simmons
  • David stone
  • Michael and Jennifer Hendrix
  • Justin and Sophie Sawyer
  • Caleb and Russell Stafford
  • Sarah and Sabrina Stewart
  • Isaac Anders

We went to Fuddruckers, we went glow bowling, we played grog and underground church. Additionally, we held a worship service and also had a Nerf gun war.