First Baptist Church of Columbia
Friday, April 18, 2014
Eric Alfrey, Children's Minister
A true Southerner at heart, I was born in southern Ohio, went to school in Virginia, and lived in Mississippi and southern China before coming to Columbia. I have been in the ministry of Christian education since 1985, serving as an elementary principal and school administrator as well as education minister. My wife, Martha, and I have 3 children; Hannah Beth who is in college, Abby and Ethan who are in high school. We have been at FBC since 2008.
Esther Dennis, Studio 10:10 Coordinator
I am married to Dan Dennis and am a mom to Millie. When I’m not writing scripts or acting as who knows what character on Sunday mornings, I volunteer at my daughter’s school and at Family Connection of SC. You can often find me at the church throughout the week leading a women’s Bible study , helping with children’s choir and Awana, and putting together the large group time, Studio 10:10, for the kids during Sunday School. More than likely I’ll be the one dressed in strange costumes.  
Bridgette Koerner, Preschool Coordinator
I was born in Florida to faithful Christian parents. Four years later, the Lord blessed our family with my little Sis. Our close knit family of 4 also lived in Georgia before calling Columbia home. My husband, Ken, and I have been married for 13 years. We are so grateful the Lord chose us to be parents to our awesome kiddos: William, the lover of all sports; Madison, the perky dancer; and McKenzie, the sweet mommy to many baby dolls! FBC has been our church home for 10 years. We can’t imagine our kids being raised anywhere else. I’ve enjoyed being involved in the preschool and children’s ministries since we arrived at FBC and joined the leadership team in 2009.
Kathy Spires, Administrative Assistant
I was born in Alaska and grew up as an Air Force BRAT! That explains it all, doesn’t it?? I was born into a wonderful, loving Christian family with a younger brother and sister. Another explanation!! I married my high school CRUSH, Randy, in 1978. We have 2 wonderful daughters, Jennifer and Jessica. Both girls are married to our wonderful sons-in-law, Lee and Michael. We have one granddaughter, Allison Grey, who was born into heaven. Randy and I live in Lexington and have been attending FBC since May of 1999. We are both very active in the choir and love FBC. I have been on staff here at FBC for 10 years. I love the Children’s Ministry and enjoy ministering and socializing with our staff, leaders, and families. I work part-time; so, some of you may not recognize me, but the next time you see me, just say hello, and I hope to include you in my family of friends.
Lynnette Stevens, Children's Ministry Assistant and Childcare Coordinator
My family moved to Columbia 9 years ago from Florida. We knew First Baptist was the place for us when my son, who was 7 at the time, described Sunday School as “Awesome!” I joined the Children’s Ministry team in July of 2005 and cannot imagine a better job! I have two wonderful children; Melissa who is in college and Mitchell who is in high school. Most days you’ll find me in the Children’s Ministry office though I might be dreaming about vacationing at my favorite place – Disney World!
Keith Watson, Associate Minister of Music & Children's Choir Director
An Alabama boy with Mississippi parents, I came to South Carolina in 1990 by way of Texas. I married Leigh, a Columbia native and the love of my life, and am the proud father of two wild and wonderful boys, Will and Forbes. Since 2008, we have been a part of the family at First Baptist, where I get to make music with children, senior adults, and everyone in between. My favorite activities include eating yellow barbecue, playing with beyblades and the “Little People” farm, and doing the ice cream and cake dance with a room full of children. However, eating ice cream and cake is always a welcome option.