First Baptist Paducah



Dr. Brian Arnold

Senior Pastor
Dr. Brian Arnold will begin serving as Senior Pastor of FBC Paducah come June 2023
Dr. Brian J. Arnold is a graduate of both Eastern Kentucky University (B.A.) in Richmond and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.) in Louisville. He worked as an emergency medical services technician before being called into ministry. After graduating from seminary, Dr. Arnold pastored Smithland First Baptist Church in Smithland, Kentucky. Then he moved to Phoenix Seminary in Arizona in 2015 to serve as assistant professor of theology, later as academic dean, and beginning in 2019, as president.

Interim Senior Pastor

Dr. Larry Purcell

Dr. Larry Purcell is a KY Baptist Convention Regional Church Consultant. Larry served as a pastor in western KY for over 25 years. He earned a PH.D. in Christian Leadership from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as a professor of leadership and discipleship at both Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY, and Southeastern Seminary, Wake Forest, NC. for 17 years. Larry has written numerous articles on leadership and conflict reconciliation. Books include For the Kingdoms Sake, LEAD to Revitalize, Guidebook for Deacons, and Management Essentials for Ministry

Julio Acosta

Pastor of Hispanic Ministries
Pastor Julio guides our Hispanic ministry. He is a Native of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Julio has a bachelor's degree from the University of Architecture in the city of Saltillo. He finished his theological studies at the Mexican Missionary Baptist Seminary in the City of Monterrey, Mexico. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Theological Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Tommy Tucker

Interim Director of Pastoral Care
Pastor Tommy is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has pastored FBC Paducah, Rising Sun of Indiana, Horse Cave Baptist Church and Olivet Baptist Church of Paducah.

Children and Student Ministry Leaders

Blair Feldner

Hannah Reagle

Director of Children's Ministries
Nursery Coordinator

Noah Norsworthy

Trevor Peck

Interim Student Ministry Director
Student Ministry Associate


Elena Wrye

Christi Perkins

Amber Vowell Burnett

Ministry Assistant
Ministry Assistant
Financial Secretary