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. Bill Henard

Dr. Henard comes to us from his current position as the Executive Director-Treasurer of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists, a position he has held since 2015. Prior to that, Dr. Henard served as Senior Pastor at Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Evangelism and Church Revitalization at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky
He and Judy have been married for 43 years and have three children: Virginia Henard Awtrey (Steve), David Henard (Brooke), Andy Henard (Kate) and seven grandchildren: Ashlyn, Alex, Laurel, Ivy, Lincoln, Suzannah, and Annecy.


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 six  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 almost 45 years and was called as our Minister of Music in 2009.


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 graduated with a Master of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017. He is currently pursuing a Master of Theology (ThM) from SBTS.  Drew is married to Jessica. They are active members of Vol Nation (despite their shortcomings). Drew and Jessica enjoy reading, spending time outside, and eating good food. 


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..