Though the congregation will always be the heart and soul of the First Baptist Church of Asheville, its talented and dedicated staff keep the ship in tip-top shape. Get to know our ministerial staff through the listings below. Some of them may surprise you!
Feel free to contact any minister with questions.
Guy Sayles, Pastor
Joined the FBCA staff in 2001
Family: Anita Plunkett Sayles, wife, and children Amanda and Eliot.
A native of West Virginia, Guy grew up in Atlanta where he later attended the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His work is focused on leading the church to discern and pursue its mission. He enjoys playing racquetball and hiking and, from time to time, a handful of malted milk balls and licorice jelly beans.
B.A. in History – Georgia Southern University
Master of Divinity – Southern Seminary
Doctor of Ministry – Candler School of Theology of Emory University
Joined the FBCA staff in 2009
Family: Susan, wife, and children Ryan, Elizabeth and Jonathan, and his wife Ellen
David and his wife Susan moved to Asheville in 1990. She worked as a teacher at Valley Springs Middle School while he served as a chaplain, clinical ethics coordinator, and director of pastoral care at Mission Hospitals. They first came to FBCA that January, falling in love with the people, music, and mission of this church. Almost 20 years after that fateful day, he was asked to join the staff, providing support and helping create focus for the goals and hopes the church has outlined together by engaging leaders and enriching relationships. David also manages the internal and external communications. Don’t be surprised to find David munching on chocolate malted milk balls and watching “The Shawshank Redemption.”
B.S. in Education – University of Georgia
Master of Divinity – Southwestern Seminary
Residency in Clinical Pastoral Education
Master of Health Administration- UNC Chapel Hill
Joined the FBCA staff in 2004
Family: Laura, wife, and children Ryan, Jake and Ben
Tommy was all over the Southeast before coming to Asheville. Born in Belton, SC. College at Furman. Graduate school at Emory in Atlanta. He hasn’t outgrown his raising, either: a fan of those classic, sad country songs, boiled peanuts and any sport he can find. He puts his versatility to use at FBCA coordinating the adult Christian education and spiritual formation ministry, and overseeing the children’s ministry.
B.A. in Religion – Furman University
Master of Theological Studies – Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Serves on the Coordinating Council of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC, the Steering Committee of the WNC Baptist Network, and as the treasurer of the Fairview Athletic Association.
Joined the FBCA staff in 2008
Family: William, husband, and children Cameron and Collin
As a member of FBCA since 1999, Leah loves working with and learning from Senior Adults at FBCA. An Asheville native, Leah enjoys playing the piano and singing in the choir. She's also a movie buff whose favorite movie is "Gone with the Wind." And of course, there's a reason her favorite color is Carolina Blue - she"s an avid fan of the Carolina Tarheels!
B.A. Psychology – UNC-Asheville
Master of Social Work – UNC-Chapel Hill
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Leah is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and Parent Advisory Council – Progressive Education Program.
Join the FBCA staff in 2014.
Family: Martha Ann, wife and son, Brennan
Casey grew up on a family farm in Travelers Rest, SC, where the best parts of life occurred outdoors. He studied the soil at Clemson University and then moved to the soul at seminary in Richmond, Va. He loves watching movies, taking hikes with his son, sharing laughs with friends, and embarking on adventures (new & familiar) with his wife. Casey frequently finds points of intersection between the sacred and the mundane, and deeply enjoys exploring such intersections with students and young adults.
B.S. in Crop and Soil Environmental Science - Clemson University
Master of Divinity - Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
Joined the FBCA staff in 1983.
Family: Martha, wife, and children Mark and Rebecca.
Eddie offers leadership to our counseling ministry and to young adult ministry. He also works with the Nominating and Scholarship committees.
B.A. in Religious Education from Furman University
Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Master of Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Joined the FBCA staff in 1997
Family: Karen, wife, and children, Lillie, Hannah and Jacob.
Clark grew up in Greeneville, TN, but has called Asheville home since 1997 when a call from Margie Kiser brought him to FBCA for the Minister of Music search. Of course, we know how that story turned out; he coordinates the worship life at FBCA, leading the Adult, Jubilee and Youth Choirs as well as the Brass Quintet and Orchestra. A man who enjoys spending time with his family, Clark also loves hunting and fishing, and serves on the North Buncombe High School Hawk Club. What you might not know about him is that he has “an insatiable fascination with Civil War history.”
B.A. of Music – Carson Newman College
Master of Divinity in Church Music – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Member of Polyphony, a fellowship of pastoral musicians and the American Choral Directors Association.
Joined the FBCA staff in 2002
Family: Clark, husband, and children Lillie, Hannah and Jacob
Born in Durham but raised in Edenton, Karen helps lead the music ministry across all ages, from children’s choirs to adult handbell choirs, in addition to serving as pianist for worship services. She loves the beach and walking, keeps her mind sharp as an avid reader and keeps her hands busy with knitting. Her secret desire is to one day go skydiving! Karen’s favorite movie is a tie between “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “The Sound of Music,” though she confesses she’s partial to just about anything starring George Clooney.
B.A. in Music (Piano) – UNC-Chapel Hill
Master in Church Music – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Kodaly Certification – Arizona State University/University of North Texas
Member of the Choristers Guild, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR), and Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE)
Joined the FBCA staff in 2003
Family: Jed, husband, and children Patrick and Allyson
A born and bred Southerner, Bree came to FBCA as a newlywed with her husband Jed, choosing it as their church home after a year-long search. Now, as a certified teacher, she provides programming for preschoolers and their families. In her spare time, Bree likes to curl up with a good book or get creative herself with some scrapbooking. When the weather’s nice, you’ll find her out in the garden.
BA in Spanish and Sociology
Master of Education Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary
Serves as PTA President and a Brownie Troop Leader