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Ryan Roach

Lead Pastor

Originally from Virginia, Ryan graduated from Old Dominion University and then Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary for his M.Div. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Seminary in Portland, OR with an emphasis 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.



Corey Staton

Associate Pastor to Students and Families

Corey has been married to Carrie since 2012 and they have four boys Fisher, Eli, Haddon, and Campbell. Before coming to FBA Corey served as a pastor in North Carolina. Corey graduated from Campbell University and received his M.Div. From Shepherds Theological Seminary.  

He enjoys playing and watching sports, reading, good food, and spending time with his family. He has been a Denver Broncos fan since he was very young. 

Corey is passionate about discipleship and the local church. Some of his favorite authors include Charles H. Spurgeon, Jared C. Wilson, and Mark Dever. 

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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. He joined the staff at FBA as Director of Music and Media in 2020.

Cody is prepping to begin his Master of Theology at the University of Aberdeen, where he will study the theology of the church fathers and early Christian interpretation of Scripture. 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!)



Josh Livingston

EPIC Kids Director

Josh has lived in Blount County all of his life. He is a graduate of Heritage High School and has worked in Hospitality since graduating from Pellissippi in 1999. He and his family own and operate a business on their farm in Walland. Josh was raised at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and upon marrying his sweetheart, Lesley, together they joined FBA in 2006.

Josh felt an overwhelming calling and passion to start working and growing the Children’s Ministry in 2018. They are raising their four boys including the twins, Gray and Kayden Jay, Shay, and Sam in First Baptist Alcoa. Josh’s talents include drawing and creating artwork out of almost anything, singing, and being a Disney and movie geek.

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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.



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.

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

Colossians 3:23