Meet our Staff

Our staff is committed to serving God and serving others.

Chris Rumfelt

Senior Pastor

Pastor Chris Rumfelt has been the Senior Pastor at First Free Will Baptist Church since November of 2005. Since this time the church has grown from a small storefront to a campus with a 1,000 seat congregation with a Pre-K-8th grade Christian Academy and a full-time day care program. Pastor Chris hosts two weekly radio programs and a television program, “Back To Our Foundation.” He also travels and speaks for schools and churches weekly and is the area representative for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Pastor Chris graduated with a B.S. degree in sports science from Mars Hill University and is an avid fan of the University of Alabama Football. Pastor Chris is married to Crystal Douthit Rumfelt formerly of Franklin NC. They have 4 childrens: Braden, Kellen, Calista, and Colter.
 
Pastor Chris Rumfelt has been the Senior Pastor at First Free Will Baptist Church since November of 2005. Since this time the church has grown from a small storefront to a campus with a 1,000 seat congregation with a Pre-K-8th grade Christian Academy and a full-time day care program. Pastor Chris hosts two weekly radio programs and a television program, “Back To Our Foundation.” He also travels and speaks for schools and churches weekly and is the area representative for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Pastor Chris graduated with a B.S. degree in sports science from Mars Hill University and is an avid fan of the University of Alabama Football. Pastor Chris is married to Crystal Douthit Rumfelt formerly of Franklin NC. They have 4 childrens: Braden, Kellen, Calista, and Colter.
 

Kyle Cody

Assistant Pastor

Pastor Kyle Cody has been married to his wife Sally for 13 years.  They have three children: Jacob, Levi, and Malachi, who they consider to be miracles and blessings from God.  Kyle was saved at an early age in Vacation Bible School and answered the call to preach at age 15.  He has been serving in our community since that time in various ways, including working in Public Safety as a volunteer firefighter and Paramedic. Kyle has is Masters Degree is Physician Assistant Studies. Kyle came to serve at First Free Will Baptist Church as the Assistant Pastor in August 2016 and continues to be involved in the work at the church, along with Evangelistic work in the surrounding communities.

Trey Rogers

Children's Pastor

Trey Rogers, was born and raised a little less than 2 miles from our church in the Fires Creek community. He has been preaching for nearly 10 years and currently serves as the Instructor for upper level education at Carolina Christian Academy-- a private school affiliated with First Free Will Baptist Church. As Children's Pastor, Rogers ministers to children ages 12 and under and their families. He is a graduate from Young Harris College with a degree in Religious Studies, and has previously served as a Senior Pastor in North Carolina and a Youth Pastor in Georgia. He and his wife Julianna make their home in Hayesville.

Lucas Phillips

Minister of Music

Lucas serves as the Minister of Music at First Free Will Baptist Church and is also an ordained deacon in the church. Lucas learned to play the piano at a very young age, and has been serving as a church pianist for the past 23 years. Lucas joined the ministry at First Free Will Baptist Church in Hayesville in 2005, but has served in ministry with Pastor Chris Rumfelt since 2002. Lucas is married to Chelsey Lindsey Phillips and has two boys, Callan and Blake.

Laurie Porter

Office Secretary

Laurie Porter currently serves as secretary to Pastor Chris. Laurie is married to Paul Porter and make their home in Murphy, NC.