Dr. Jim McCoy

Jim has been pastor of First Baptist Church since 1997 and is grateful for life and ministry in Weaverville. A native of Salisbury, he previously served as campus minister at Wingate University and as pastor of Lamberth Memorial Baptist Church in Roxboro. He enjoys playing the guitar and reading, especially theology and literature. Jim is married to Jane, who serves as minister of music at First Baptist. They have two married daughters: Claire and husband Caleb, and Sarah and husband Joshua.

On March 5, 2017, Dr. McCoy announced his retirement effective May 21, 2017. For the text of his announcement, click below.


Jane McCoy 
Minister of Music


Jane has served as Minister of Music at First Baptist for 16 years. She is also Voice Instructor at Warren-Wilson College. A graduate of Mars Hill College and the University of Colorado at Boulder, Jane performs regularly throughout the community. She says, "It is the joy of my heart to be singing, teaching, and directing others in using their God-given talents."


Aileen Lawrimore
Minister with Youth & Children

Aileen has served as Minister with Youth and Children at First Baptist Church since 2013. She is a December 2010 graduate of Gardner-Webb University's M. Christopher White Divinity School and was ordained that same month by First Baptist Church of Asheville, NC. Aileen has been married to Jay since 1987 and they have three children, daughters Trellace and Margaret and son Baker. Aileen blogs regularly at aileengoeson.com.


Cindy Benton

Cindy has been accompanying hymns and choir specials at First Baptist since 2014. A recently retired high school chorus teacher, Cindy enjoys participating in many different aspects of music ministry here at FBC. She and her husband Gordon have one son Luke. Luke and his wife Laura have two children and according to Cindy and Gordon they are the most adorable children ever born!


Rebecca Darchuk

Rebecca came to First Baptist as interim organist in 2015 before signing on for the permanent position in August 2016. Rebecca and her husband Carl are owned by two cats who allowed them to move to Western North Carolina from California in 2015. 

Joy Sprinkle
Administrative Assistant

Joy has served First Baptist since 1994. She says that she feels thankful to have been and be a part of at FBC. Joy enjoys music, reading, and her family. Joy and her husband, Danny, have two daughters, Jessica and Emily.


Sandra Buckner 

Sandra has been with First Baptist since September 2010. In addition to keeping the church spotless (a feat by itself), she helps out with the ministry of the senior meal site that meets in the church fellowship hall on Monday-Friday. Sandra's hobbies include crafts, gardening, and baking for her family, friends, and neighbors. She is married to Alan, the love of her life, and has one son, Jeffrey.