Pastor Jim Murphy

Head Pastor

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Pastor Jim Murphy is the Head Pastor at First Baptist Church of Johnson City, NY, where he has served since 2001. His education includes earning a Diploma of Theology from Practical Bible College (Davis College, Binghamton, NY), a Bachelor of Science in Church Ministry and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA). Pastor Jim has also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Biblical Apologetics from Baptist Bible Seminary (Clarks Summit, PA) and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Applied Apologetics through Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY).

Pastor Jim has been in vocational ministry for more than 35 years, serving as Youth Pastor/Bible Instructor at Ross Corners Baptist Church and Christian Academy (Vestal, NY), Senior Pastor/School Administrator at Tioga Center Baptist Church (Tioga Center, NY), Youth Pastor at Calvary Baptist Tabernacle (Vestal, NY), and Vice-President for Student Development & Director of Counseling Services at Practical Bible College (Davis College, Binghamton, NY). He has been a guest lecturer/speaker at countless churches, conferences, camps, educational venues, as well as maintaining a private biblical counseling practice throughout his years of ministry.

Pastor Jim and Lorrie Murphy have been married since 1981 and have two adult children, Joshua and Jocelyn. 

Pastor Russ Smith

Executive Pastor

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Pastor Russ is Executive Pastor at First Baptist Church. He was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1987 and holds a BS in Bible from Clarks Summit University and a Master of Ministry from Baptist Bible Seminary. He is married to Andrea. Together they have three grown children named Zachary (Stephanie), Ethan, and Gabe (Grace). Russ enjoys coffee dates with Andrea, trivia, classical music concerts, family visits, home improvement projects, and Seneca Lake.

Pastor Chris Terry

Associate Pastor

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Pastor Chris is the Associate Pastor of Church Ministries. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Practical Bible College (Davis College, Binghamton, NY) and a Master of Divinity from Baptist Bible Seminary (Clarks Summit, PA). He has served in pastoral ministry for 15 years and loves discipling other believers to maturity in Christ.

Pastor Chris has been married to his beautiful wife Rachel for 16 years and they are blessed with four children (Ethan, Anna, Aiden, and Ava). He loves spending time with his wife and children. He also enjoys a good cup of coffee and the Ford Mustang.