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Staff Leadership

Ryan Roach

Lead Pastor

Originally from Virginia, Ryan holds degrees from Old Dominion University (B.A.), Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Western Seminary (D.Min.). His dissertation at Western focused on expository preaching. 

Before coming to FBA, Ryan served churches in various capacities in Virginia, Arizona, California, and Florida.

Ryan has been in ministry since 2004 and joined FBA in 2019. He married Morgan in 2007 and together they are blessed with two sons, both adopted from foster care, and a daughter. Ryan likes most sports and is most passionate about college basketball.

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Chandler Warren

Pastor to Students and Families

Chandler is an Oklahoma native with degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University (B.A.) and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (MLitt). Before serving at FBA, Chandler served as a student pastor in Southeastern OK. He loves chatting about Protestant, especially Baptist, theology. In his free time, Chandler enjoys reading and hunting.
Chandler married Molly in 2019. Together they enjoy coffee, hiking, walking their dog Auggie, and traveling.

Cody Barnhart

Director of Music and Media

Cody grew up attending First Baptist Alcoa with his family before attending  Midwestern College and interning at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. 

Cody is a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, where he studies Clement of Alexandria and early Christian identity. His favorite authors include Gregory of Nazianzus, Jared C. Wilson, and Kevin Vanhoozer.

In his free time, he keeps up with Kansas City sports, enjoys reading and writing, and hangs out with his dog, Milo. (He's also a coffee geek - ask him to make you a cup sometime!)

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Josie Daves

Financial Administrator

Josie moved from WA state to TN and made it her permanent home in 1992. She studied at South College. She is married to Scott and has two children, Caleb and Layla. She enjoys camping, fishing, hiking in The Smokies and landscape photography.



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Donna Stubblefield


Donna grew up in Blount County and has been a member of FBA for over 50 years. She has served in the nursery, youth group, choir, VBS, and various teaching positions before joining the custodial staff in 1992. Donna met and married her husband Jeff at FBA and they raised their two sons there. They now have four grandchildren.
















Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

Colossians 3:23