Dr. Tom Cabaniss
Tom’s dream job would be to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers or coach the men’s basketball team at his beloved alma mater, Duke University. But for now, he serves as our pastor. He is a native of Valdese, North Carolina, the husband of Lara and the proud father of twins, Christian and Kaitlyn.
Tom earned his Master of Divinity degree from Duke and his doctorate from Reformed Theological Seminary. He enjoys reading, running, writing, the world of stock and mutual fund investing and following the Dallas Cowboys, the Dodgers and Duke. His heroes are Martin Luther, Dietrick Bonhoeffer, Jack Bogle, Tom Lasorda and Mike Krzyzewski. His favorite TV shows are Survivor and reruns of LA Law, Gilligan’s Island and The Andy Griffith Show.
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Rev. Jonathan Hale
Minister of Students & Discipleship
Jonathan grew up in Eden, NC. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Social Work. He is a huge ASU football fan, which becomes evident within seconds upon entering his office. Jonathan also earned a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from Gardner-Webb University.
Jonathan has served from the mountains to the coast, but is happy to have been called to serve in the piedmont at FBC Kannapolis in December of 2013. He enjoys classical music, old nostalgic TV shows, and is a coffee addict. He is married to his beautiful wife, Ashley, and they have one daughter, Mollie, and three dogs, Edyn, Luna, and Yu-Jin. His passion is to lead others in knowing Christ and making Him known!
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Kay moved to Concord in 1987 from the High Point area. Employed for 10 years with Cabarrus County Schools, Kay joined the First Baptist staff in May 2015 from a CPA office after 14 years. She enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren, Jack, and twins Kate and Janie. She also loves "planting seeds" with children, instilling the love of Christ as she volunteers at Parkwood Baptist where she makes her church home.
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Krista began serving FBC-K in 2014. Krista is a native of China Grove and is a huge fan of anything to do with The Wizard of Oz. She enjoys spending time with her four children during her free time.
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Kara was introduced to FBC-K in 2007 when she came to work as an assistant teacher for the ARK Preschool. She changed roles and began serving as our church custodian in 2010. Kara enjoys spending time on her farm with her family and multitude of animals.
Rev. Mark Hill
Minister of Music & Senior Adults
Mark grew up in Kannapolis. Piano and voice lessons, church and community choirs and band were all part of Mark’s growing up years. Music has always been a huge part of his life and much of that was centered in church. It was at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Caswell that Mark answered God’s call to full time Christian service while still in high school, and he has joyfully been serving the Lord in churches since college days.
A graduate of UNC-Charlotte in music, Mark received his theological education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating in 1983. It was there that he met the “cutest little girl” he had ever seen (she’s only 5 feet tall) and they married in October of 1982. Mark and Janet have three wonderful boys and a lovely daughter-in-law, Jonathan (and wife Trisha), Benjamin and Isaac. As a family the Hills enjoy traveling to the beach and the mountains, and spending time with people. Mark has served churches since 1976 in Mooresville, Reidsville, Durham, Troy, Concord and now Kannapolis. He has served as Minister of Music in each church, but been able to combine that with ministry to Children, Youth, or Senior Adults over the years. It was in March of 2001 that he answered God’s call to First Baptist, Kannapolis. The smile on his face is reflective of the love in Mark’s heart that comes from knowing and serving the Lord. “The Lord’s mercies never fail, they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
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Rev. Candice Carter
Minister of Children & Outreach
Candice grew up in Landis, NC and currently lives in Rockwell with her family. She has served in full-time ministry for 20 years. Candice earned her Masters of Theology degree in Christian Education from North Carolina College of Theology.
Candice joined the First Baptist staff in May of 2020. She enjoys traveling, DJ'ing, listening to music, playing guitar, singing, drama ministry, mission work and spending time with family and friends. Candice and her husband Bobby have been married for 17 years and they have two wonderful sons, Brayden, 13 and Grayson, 9. Candice has a strong passion for sharing Christ with young people and guiding them discover their spiritual gifts.
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Carol has been in music ministry for decades. She has been at FBC-K for nearly 20 years and has served in multiple roles. We're blessed to have Carol share her talent with us by playing the organ so beautifully each week.
Steve joined the First Baptist staff in May of 2018. Steve was called to serve on our custodial/maintenance team; however, there is much more to Steve! He also is quite musical, having a degree in music and playing multiple instruments in addition to singing. He has experience in catering and, of course, electrical work. Steve and his wife reside in Kannapolis.