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/Abba's House 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.
Matt Wallace, Minister to Student
|Matt came to First Baptist
in October of 2014. He was born in Shreveport, LA but spent his teenage
years in Asheville, NC. He is a graduate of Liberty University in
Lynchburg, VA and is currently finishing his Masters in Theological Studies
from Liberty University School of Divinity. Matt served in several
churches while in college in the Lynchburg area before coming to serve at FBC
Blowing Rock. Matt oversees both middle and high school students in our
student ministry as well leading our college ministry. Matt loves many
sports but you will find him rooting for LSU football on Saturdays and the
Carolina Panthers on Sundays.
Matt is married to Sandra Wallace whom he met when moving to North Carolina in their middle school years. Sandra also graduated from Liberty University School of Divinity with a masters in theological studies. She joyfully serves alongside Matt in ministering to the students here at First Baptist Church and provides mentorship and spiritual guidance to our teenage girls.
Sid Greene, Minister of Worship
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
Rebecca joined our staff as the Children's director in August 2013. She was born and raised in the Deep Gap area. She graduated from Watauga High School and the Mars Hill University where she played volleyball and graduated with a degree in Sports Management and Business Administration. She has been married to her husband Gary since 2007. They have three children; Blakely, Macyn and Tyton.
When she is not working in the children's ministry, she loves to coach and play volleyball and stay active with her kids.
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 is single and lives in Blowing Rock.
Kayla Potter; Children's Development Center, Teacher
|Kayla, an Appalachian State graduate has been teaching in our Child Development Teacher as an afternoon teacher for the last 4 years and joined the staff as a full time teacher in September 2012. Kayla teachers our four year old class.
Cindy Lege, Office Administrator
Cindy joined the staff of FBC Blowing Rock December 1, 2014. She, like Pastor Rusty, was born and raised in Texas but has found her “true home” here in the mountains of North Carolina. She has been married to her high-school sweetheart Joey (a video editor) for 30 years and they have two great kids (who aren’t really kids anymore) Mychal and Anna who both still call Texas home. Cindy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Sam Houston State University and has a passion for teaching voice, piano, and directing children’s and youth choirs.
She has worked in office administration full-time for the past 20 years in fields as varied as banking and trucking to event planning and non-profits. When not busy at the church Cindy loves to cook and entertain, but mostly enjoys traveling and exploring new places with Joey.