First Baptist Church of Rochelle
PO Box 566 | 701 Gordon Street | Rochelle, GA 31079
(229) 365-7286
Rev. Richard Compton

Rev. Richard Compton

Senior Pastor
(229) 313-2500

I was born in Maryville, Tennessee. On June 18, 1988, I married the love of my life, Christy. God blessed us with 2 children, Lindsey and Noah. I attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated in 1993 with a Master’s in Divinity degree. I have pastored churches in Florida and Tennessee. For an 8 year stint, God called me to be an active duty chaplain in the military. I served in the Army for 3 years and the Air Force for 5 years. During that time, I spent a year deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was called to First Baptist Church of Rochelle in the fall of 2018 and feel blessed to call Rochelle home.

Favorite Scripture: Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Billy Harris

Billy Harris

Youth Pastor
(229) 365-7286

I was born in 1978 at Tift Regional Hospital in Tifton, Georgia, and I have lived in South Georgia all of my life. My father was a Methodist minister, and his appointment to Rochelle United Methodist Church brought me to Rochelle in 1992 at the age of fourteen. I met Dawn in the 9th Grade at WCHS and we dated throughout high school and college. Dawn is truly a blessing in my life, and I am forever grateful that she agreed to marry me! We have been married for twenty years and have six wonderful children: Dawson, Eli and Owen, Mason, and Emma and Ryley. I believe that God has called me into His ministry to be a servant leader in His church. I began to sense His call into the ministry in 2012. The burden on my heart focused on helping people to understand their relationship with the Lord…the need to help individuals know God and understand His love, mercy, and grace. This burden became stronger as I sought to deepen my own relationship with Him. Currently, I am attending Luther Rice College & Seminary, pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. I was ordained as a minister in December of 2017 and serve as the youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Rochelle. I love the Lord and His church! I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lord in Wilcox County. I am excited about what God is doing, what He is going to do, and the fact that we get to be a part of His kingdom’s work!

Favorite Scripture: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Prov. 3:5-6 (NKJV)

Barb Ramsey

Barb Ramsey

Church Secretary
(229) 365-7286

I was born and raised in Southwestern Indiana until March 2013 when my husband and I moved to Rochelle, GA. We have been married 32 years. We had one daughter and we have two grandchildren. We are currently raising our grandson who is the light of our lives. I though I was save at the age of 10 but never really lived for the Lord until I met my husband and starting going to church with him. After sitting under the preaching and teaching of great men and women of God I got saved. I haven't stopped serving and drawing closer to God since. I have served in various positions in church from nursery, teacher, church clerk, financial secretary, Awana teacher, and currently as Church Secretary at First Baptist Church of Rochelle.

Favorite Scripture: Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Our Church Mission
Our Mission is to Know Christ and Make Him Known through Up:Reach (Prayer & Worship); In:Reach (Discipleship & Fellowship); and Out:Reach (Evangelism & Ministry).