First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock's Staff Members

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

Rev. Rusty Guenther, Lead Pastor

Rusty Guenther, our Lead 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 Hixson /Chattanooga, Tennessee, First Baptist Church of College Station, Texas , Arapaho Road Baptist Church in Garland, Texas and Springs of Grace Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana 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 who is a Senior majoring in History Education at Appalachian State University and Cassidy who is a Sophomore at East Tennessee State University. When not working, Rusty is an avid fly fisherman and loves hiking, camping and anything in the outdoors.

Blake McFarland

Blake McFarland, Associate Pastor of Students and Families

Blake joined our staff in July 2018. He is a native of Shelby, NC and spent his childhood and youth playing baseball. He graduated from Appalachian State University in 2011 with a teaching degree. Also, in 2011 he married the love of his life Nichole. Later, Blake earned a M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty University in 2014 and moved to Sanford, NC where he served as a Student Pastor. Blake is currently a Doctoral Student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Blake and Nichole adopted their son Gabriel in 2016 and in between writing and research he likes to spend time with family, date his wife, play basketball, shoot pool and try new places to eat. Nichole, a graduate of East Carolina University and Appalachian State University serves as a Marriage and Family Therapist with her own practice in Boone.

Sid Greene

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 five beautiful children; Kati Mac, Madi, Jake, Camryn and Emsley. 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 worship service as well as directing our worship teams, the worship choir and leading the worship band. He has been at First Baptist since July of 2010.


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.

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