Our staff works diligently each day to empower the Church to minister to the community.  Our staff is ready, willing, and able to help serve you.  Feel free to call on anyone to help you out.


Ministerial Staff

Dr. Jeff Cook
, Senior Pastor

Dr. Jeff leads through innovation and serves from his heart.  As senior pastor, Jeff oversees all the ministers and the church body.  Jeff began his work here in Jennings as Pastor in April of 2014.  Since his time guiding our church, he has implemented new events, programs, and goals for the church.  Following the Holy Spirit, Jeff continues to lead and guide the Church by empowering loving and friendly fellowship, challenging the church to leave the walls and spread the Word, and encouraging missions and outreach.

Dr. Jeff is married to Jo Lynn and they have 4 children.  Dr. Jeff is called as a bivocational pastor.  His hearts longs for missions, and it is evident in his work.  Jeff serves as the Compassion Strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention where he is able to guide and lead mission projects throughout our state.  Jeff and his wife Jo also founded the ServNLove Home in India which adopts, trains, educates, and empowers young girls and their families to a life in Christ.

Jeff’s initials are JC and to remind himself, and others, that he is not “THE” JC – Jesus Christ, Jeff often writes and sign his name as Dr. jeff Cook.


Brian Wells, Minister of Education and Senior Adults

Brian leads with compassion as he serves the Senior Adults and oversees education for the church.  The education duties include preparing and overseeing Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Connect Groups, and many others.  Brian also serves as the Church Administrator, ensuring the day-to-day operations and needs of the church are being met.  In this role, Brian heads the First Baptist School and Mother’s Day Out programs.   Brian has been serving the church for over 19 years and is a vital link to the history and personality of the church.

Brian is married to Joni and they have 2 boys.  Brian’s desire is to serve senior adults along with the church in any way possible.  Brian oversees several ministries and ensures things run smoothly by taking care of details that may sometimes be easily overlooked.  Brian earned his first master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and his second master’s degree in Religious Education.  Brian previously served in ministry at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.

Brian is well known throughout the community for having a servant’s heart.



Derrick Laughlin, Student Minister

Derrick works part-time as our student minister.  He teaches and leads the student ministry, along-side other adults leaders, to help students grow into fully-devoted followers of Christ.  His mission is to see students become disciples that make disciples who make disciples.  While teaching students how to navigate one of the hardest points in their lives, he also helps remind them to have fun, embrace relationships, and focus on God as they live.

Derrick is married to Sarah Beth and they have 4 children.  He is bi-vocational, working full-time as a Registered Nurse.  Derrick also volunteers on the media team, helping as a audio/visual technician on Sundays and many other times during the week.  He also oversees website maintenance and training.


Eric Sonnier, Children’s Minister


Eric serves as our Children’s Pastor. Eric also works full-time outside the church and is currently enrolled in seminary. He is a loving husband and father of six. Eric is passionate about developing believers to step out of their comfort zone and pursue God by their actions, not just their words.


Cassandra Garbarino, Women’s Minister Leader, MDO Director


Cassandra leads our Mother’s Day Out ministry and recently felt God call her to help lead in Women’s Ministry. Cassandra has a heart for the women of our church and community. She desires to see them reach their God-given potential, and pursue Christ wholeheartedly.


Office Staff

Our office staff work each day to fulfill the secretarial needs of the church.

Kimberly Rider, Secretary 337-824-3271
Kimberly works each day as the full-time secretary .  Her duties include clerical/receptionist work, financial management, and school secretary. Kimberly works enthusiastically to serve the needs of the church.  As a critical asset to our church, Kimberly helps maintains much of the day-to-day operations that happen after the doors close on Sunday evenings.

Kimberly joined the staff of the church in April 2012.  Kimberly enjoys visiting with others as they frequent the office. Kimberly has earned her Bachelors of Science from McNeese State University in 2007.

Nancy Walters, Church Clerk 337-824-3271
Nancy works as the part-time secretary and Church Clerk.  She has the authority to sign legal documents and maintains all the minutes from church business meetings.  Nancy also maintains the church history and media.  Bulletins and newsletters are the handy work of Nancy.

Nancy joined the church staff in 2007 after her retirement from nursing.  She moved to Jennings from Michigan working as a registered nurse prior to her retirement.  Nancy has two children and a host of grandchildren.

FBC School Staff

Pre-K3: Teacher-Mrs. Kendra Laidlaw, Assistant: Mrs. Ann Robison
Pre-K4 Class 1: Teacher – Mrs. Sonja Owers, Assistant: Ms. Shaina Fruge
Pre-K4 Class 2: Teacher – Mrs. Jolaine McCleur, Assistant: Mrs. Jovita Rice
Kindergarden: Teacher – Mrs. Diane Edwards, Assistant: Mrs. Debi Fontenot

Mother’s Day Out Staff