Welcome to First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock! I am glad you have chosen to look deeper into who we are and what we feel called to be. I believe you will find the people who make up this church to be a beautifully God-centered people who are passionate in our faith, authentic in our struggles, and desperate to become who the bible says we are.

Rev. Rusty Guenther, Pastor


Rusty Guenther, our Pastor came to First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock in July of 2007. He was raised in Baytown, Texas and graduated from Ross S. Sterling High School in 1984. He graduated from the East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas as a Communication/Religion major in 1989. He received his MDIV from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1998. Prior to coming to First Baptist he had served as a Student Pastor and Youth Ministry for the last 20 years in churches including; Central Baptist Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee from April 2000 – June 2007, First Baptist Church of College Station, Texas from 1995-2000, Arapaho Road Baptist Church in Garland, Texas from 1993-1995 and Springs of Grace Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1987-1993 as Student and Recreation Minister.

He is married to the former Kim Carter whom he met at East Texas Baptist where she received a degree in Business Administration. Married since 1989 they have two children; Caleb Ryan born in 1996 and Cassidy Faith born in 1998. When not working, Rusty is an avid fly fisherman and loves hiking, camping and anything in the outdoors.

Minister of  Students - Currently Vacant



Charles Lentz, Director of Music


For the past 15 years, Charles has served as the Director of Music. He is a native of Blowing Rock and currently teaches PreK through 6th grade music education in the Johnson County School System. He recently retired from Watauga County Schools after serving just over 30 years. He is married to Debbie and they have five children and seven grandchildren who Charles is extremely proud of. Charles leads the Worship and Choir in our 11:00 service.

Sid Greene, Worship Leader


A native of Boone, NC. Music was part of Sid's life from a young age. Both singing and piano were daily creative outlets that he loved and still loves today. After graduation from Watauga high, he enrolled in Appalachian State University where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Music Industry. While attending Appalachian he met the love of his life from Blowing Rock, Lauren. It would not take long for him to discover she was out of his league but he pursued her until she finally relented. Sid and Lauren are helping to grow the church the old fashion way as the parents of four beautiful children; Kati Mac, Madi, Jake and Camryn. When he is not leading worship he owns and operates Hardin Creek Timber Frame & Millwork and is a licensed contractor in North Carolina.

Sid leads worship in our early worship service as well as directing our worship teams and leading the band. He has been at First Baptist since July of 2010.

Rebecca Woolard, Children's Director

   Becca joined our staff as the Children's director in August 2013.     


Alyson Harding; Director of Children's Development Center, Lead Teacher


Alyson recently graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Child Development. She enjoys working with her 2 and 3 year olds class and looks forward each day to its challenges. Alyson lives in Blowing Rock.

Kayla Potter; Children's Development Center, Teacher

   Kayla, a recent Appalachian State graduate has been teaching in our Child Development Teacher as an afternoon teacher for the last 2 years and joined the staff as a full time teacher in September 2012. Kayla teachers our four year old class.          


Lynn Lawrence, Office Administrator


Lynn serves as our office administrator. She began her duties here in 1993 as a fill in, and has been here ever since! Lynn, a native of Blowing Rock is also the First Lady, as her husband is the Mayor, J. B. Lawrence. Lynn and J. B. have two sons and are the proud Grandparents of five beautiful grandchildren, Jensen, Jack, Piper, Garrison and Hayden.

Lisa Abernathy, Office Assistant


Lisa serves as our office assistant and handles the phones, contacts and pretty much everything else that comes up around the office. She has been working at First Baptist for almost 10 years. She has one son and is the proud grandmother of a grandson that she will happily share pictures of, whether you ask or not.

Karen Baird, Organist


Karen has been our organist for the past 30 years. She is retired from teaching  1st Grade at Happy Valley School at Patterson. Karen and her husband, Roger have two daughters — Ashlyn and Kendyl.

Doris Edwards, Pianist


Doris, and husband Dr. Marshall Edwards, Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church, have a deep love for Blowing Rock, the FBC family, and their Texas family--including five grandchildren! Doris serves on the board of Marble Retreat, a ministry to ministers and their spouses in Colorado. She is also a curriculum writer and teacher-trainer for ESL/EFL ministries. Publications include Window to the World for the JESUS film project, Beyond our Borders for volunteers teaching English abroad, and Learning of Jesus for speakers of other languages.

Chuck Jackson, Building Supervisor


Chuck joined our staff as Building Supervisor in January 2014 

Dr. Marshall Edwards, Pastor Emeritus

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