Keith Hudson
Senior Pastor

Chris West
Student Pastor

Sawyer Whittaker
Worship Pastor

My wife, JoAnn and I are best friends and we met when we were both students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.; it was called Liberty Baptist College or LBC at that time.  We attended a Spring Banquet, (Liberty didn’t allow dances back then) and we were seated at the same table, I was with my date and she was with hers, and all I could think was, “man I wish I could trade places with that guy.”  A few months later, we both landed spots on one of the LBC traveling teams, she was a singer and I was one of the tech guys. Over that year of travel, we got to know one another and eventually started dating.  After college, we were married, and we now have four adult children and seven grandchildren.  You should come and hear the noise in our house on Friday nights when we all get together.  Personally, I enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping and travel (when I can do it) but mostly hanging out with my grandkids, dancing and singing (we allow dancing in my house) and generally being a big kid with a bunch of little kids keeps me young at heart.  As a pastor, drilling deeply into the Word of God and then sharing the nuggets of golden truth that I find there with those hungry for the Bread of Life is an honor and a passion that burns deep inside.  Jesus is the best thing that has ever happened to me and He commands my heart from first to last.  He gave me my family and the church I pastor, and I could not be more grateful.

Growing up I would pit my Ninja Turtles against my Transformers and tell epic stories about their battles.  Around my senior year of High School, God radically saved me from my sin and sent me down a path where my love of play and story would coalesce into professional ministry.  Now I get to tell the greatest story ever to 7th-12th grade students each week and have a lot of fun doing it.  At home I get to play make believe, read stories, and make awesome voices for my twins.  The most wonderful woman in the entire world has joined me in this journey as my wife and we’ve created a pretty awesome story along the way.  I look forward to seeing how God’s story of redemption continues to unfold at FBC Hayden!

I am originally from a small town in southeast Alabama where I grew up playing football and pretending to be the next Johnny Cash with my friends. By the grace of God I was saved at an early age while in Children's church when I was 10 years old. During late high school and college I began to feel a call on my life to ministry. I have spent close to the past 10 years now serving in student and worship ministry. In October of 2018 my wife, Bethany and I married and have been focused on obeying the Lord's call on our lives ever since. We are expecting our first child in November and we could not be more excited to meet her! I enjoy spending time with my wife, writing music, exploring guitar shops, and petting my dogs. We are so thankful that the Lord has called us to FBC Hayden!

Kerry Sparks
Assistant Worship Pastor

My wife, Teresa and I married in 1978.  We have 3 daughters and 2 grandsons.  We are glad to be serving at FBCH!

Lonna Dillard
Kids Ministry Director

My husband Wes and I met when I was part of an outreach team that visited him and his family from our church. His family joined the church and we later married in 2001. I received my Bachelors degree in Elementary education in 2004 and had my first son later that year. We had two more children and I was a stay at home mom for 10 years before I joined the staff in 2015. Building a strong foundation of Christian views and scripture in the minds and hearts of our children is my purpose. In my spare time, I enjoy working in my skincare/cosmetic home studio.

Lisa Smith
Church/Financial Secretary

Debbie Brock
Church Custodian

My husband, Dale, and I married in 1975. We have two children and four grandchildren. I grew up in Gardendale, AL, but moved to Hayden in 1991, and joined our staff in April 2005.  I love to travel and spend time with family and friends!  Outside of my duties, I'm involved in our WOM ministry, Women’s Ministry, and DLIfe.

Paul and I married in 1977.  I grew up in Gardendale, AL.  We moved to Hayden in 1984.  Now we have two grown children and two grandchildren.  We joined FBC Hayden in 1985 and I joined the staff in October of 2000.  I love to camp and spend time with family and friends.