Since 1996 Dr. David Spencer has been the pastor of First Baptist Church. He came here from the First Baptist Church of Long Beach, MS, where he served for 16 years. Previously, he had served other churches in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama. Dr. Spencer has served five churches in the past 42 years.
Dr. Spencer is a native of Senatobia, MS. He graduated from Senatobia High School in 1965. He earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts from William Carey University, Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
The Pastor is married to Connie, and they have two sons and two grandchildren. He enjoys golf, writing, wood-working, and playing the guitar in his spare time. Mrs. Spencer is a homemaker who enjoys caring for grandchildren, working in her yard, and checking out the antique stores wherever she goes. They have been married for 43 years.
Dr. Gary Nichols
Minister of Education
Gary was born in Newton, MS where his parents were students at Clarke College, and grew up in Albany, GA.
Coming from Jacksonville, FL, Gary joined the First Milton staff in January 2010.
Gary and Carolyn were married in 1975 in Magee, MS where he was a minister of music and youth and she was an editor of the local weekly newspaper. They have two daughters Molly, who is married to Nathan; they live in Decatur, GA. Elizabeth (Beth) is married to Kevin. They are the parents of Parker, Gary and Carolyn's grandson. Their family resides in Jacksonville, FL.
Gary received a Bachelor of Arts degree from William Carey College, 1974, and a Master of Religious Education degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1977. In 2010, he received the Doctor of Educational Ministry degree in family ministry from NOBTS.
While a student at Mississippi College in the early 1970's, Gary felt called to the ministry of education. In the course of his ministry career, he has served in Illinois, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida.
Kenneth H. Martin
Minister of Music & Worship
Kenneth Martin is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Charleston Southern University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. After college he moved to Fort Worth, Texas to do graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Music degree. While living in Texas, he met and married his wife, Kristi. The two have three wonderful children: Molli, Beau and Jackson. Kenneth has served churches in South Carolina, Texas and most recently, here in Florida where he was called to serve as Minister of Music and Worship in February of 2005
Minister to Students
Bo Mills was called to serve First Milton in June of 2012. Having been born and raised in Alabama, Bo accepted Christ as his Savior and Lord at age 13. He holds a B.S. Degree in Finance from The University of Mobile and a M.A. in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Bo has been in Student Ministry since 1994.
Bo and his wife, Chantel, have known one another since high school. They dated through college and were married in 1995. They have three children. The Mills family has a passion for seeing teenagers connect with God and other believers. You can find more information about Bo by checking out his Facebook page.
Children's Ministry Director
Elaine Gillis was born and raised in Florida. She accepted Christ at the age of 9 at Jay First
Baptist Church. She attended Samford University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in
Music Education. Elaine joined the fellowship of First Baptist in 1995. While serving as
pianist, Elaine met and married her husband, Greg. The two have 3 children and are excited about becoming grandparents in February, 2013. Elaine was called to serve as Director of Children's Ministries in February 2009.
Bob Lowe is a native of Pembroke, Massachusetts and a graduate of Silver Lake High School. Bob served in the United States Navy from January 1982 until July 2002. Upon his retirement from the Navy, Bob began serving as Milton First's Administrator.
Bob and Gail were married in Gail's hometown of Vancleave, Mississippi in December 1983 while Bob was stationed at the Shipyard in Pascagoula. During their time in the Navy, they were stationed in Virginia, Korea, and Florida to name a few. They have two sons Zack and Zane and a daughter, Zoe', who is married to Britt. They are the parents of Bentley, Bob and Gail's precious grandson. Their family resides in Pace, Florida.
Bob received a Bachelor of Science degree from Troy State University in 1999. Gail loves her job as a Behavioral Coach for the Santa Rosa County School system. In their spare time, Bob and Gail love watching their kids play sports, spending time loving on their grandson, grilling out with the family, and Starbucks (Gail). They also enjoy volunteering their time working with teenagers in the Student Ministry.