Meet Our Pastor and Ministry Team

We have a great leadership team and staff to serve you at First Baptist Athens.  Please join us!  We’re waiting for your visit!



Dr. Jason Clark  || Pastor

As our Pastor, he is our shepherd, preacher, and the one God uses to provide the overall vision and direction for our church. Jason is married to Tina and they have five children: Lindsey, Lucas, Landon, Logan, and Lauren. 
Jason graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University and then continued his education in Theological Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he earned a Master’s and Doctoral Degree in the School of Theology. Jason served for over 10 years at a Baptist church in Kentucky before being called as our pastor in 2009.
Jason enjoys running, M&M’s, and Kentucky Basketball, but he has been known to attend a Tennessee football game every once in a while.

Daustin Kratzer  || Associate Pastor of Discipleship

Daustin oversees the small group ministries and Christian growth programs at our church. He also leads our local outreach and missions teams. Daustin is married to Jessica and they have three children: Sadie, Brodie, and Gradie.
Daustin graduated from Boyce College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. He continued his studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY where he earned his Master’s Degree from the Billy Graham School in Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth. Daustin served for four years at a church in Louisville before being called as our Associate Pastor in 2014. He is presently working on doctoral studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary alongside serving with us at First.
Daustin is Chick-Fil-A’s biggest fan, roots for Dale Jr., and has a terrible sense of humour. Daustin is a force to be reckoned with on the Foosball table.

Rev. Tim Ellis || Minister of Music

Pastor Tim is our leader in all musical worship. He leads us in Sunday morning musical worship, our choirs, and our multimedia ministries. Tim is married to Karen and they have two children and five grandchildren.
Tim graduated from Mars Hill University with a Bachelor’s Degree in music and from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his Master’s Degree in Church Music.Tim has served in full time ministry for over 35 years and was called as our Minister of Music in 2009.
Tim is an avid video gamer and regular guest of Florida. Rumor has it there is a bench with his name on it in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World.

Drew Byers  || Minister to Youth

Pastor Drew leads our youth and college ministries. From Sunday mornings to Wednesday nights to weekday Bible Studies, he is meeting with and ministering to youth and college students in our church and community.
Drew graduated from Bryan College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music. He also holds a Master of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 
Drew is an active member of Vol Nation (despite their shortcomings), is the best ping pong player on staff, and keeps the local Zaxby’s in business. 

Karen Ellis  || Children’s Ministry Director

Karen serves as our children’s ministry director. She oversees the children’s Sunday School Groups, our AWANA program, the weekday Mother’s Day Out, and our weekday Pre-School. Karen is married to Tim (our Minister of Music) and they have two children and five grandchildren.
Karen earned her degree from Mars Hill University in Psychology. She has served alongside Tim since they were married (since she received her M.R.S. degree at Mars Hill while she was there).
Karen is actually a better video gamer than Tim and is the Minnie to his Mickey Mouse.