Meet our Staff
Bro. Joel Worley, Associate Pastor: Music/Senior Adults
Bro. Joel was called to minister at First Baptist in January of 2003. He is the Associate Pastor: Music/Senior Adults. He works with the Adult Choir, Children’s Choir, Hand Bell Choir, and minister to our Senior Adults. He also plans worship services on Sunday and Wednesday. His great passion is sharing the song of Jesus with those who need to hear.
Bro. Joel is married to Deborah (Debbie) Worley (April 7, 1973) and they have one son, Jared, who lives in Clarksville, TN. He also has three wonderful grandchildren, Emma, Peyton, and Andrew who live in Murfreesboro, TN.
Bro. Joel has been in the ministry since 1976 (41 years of ministry), serving as volunteer, part time and full time in the Music Ministry. He graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Diploma in Church Music in 1986. He has have served in churches in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and now in Mississippi. He is also a member of the Mississippi Singing Churchmen.
Bro. Joel's hobbies are: reading, guitar, movies, grandchildren, and antiquing. His favorite scripture passage is found in Zephaniah 3:17; “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” He is amazed that the God of the universe would sing over us. We are so very special to Him.
J.D. Hankins - Youth Pastor
J.D. Hankins is our Youth Pastor. He was called to the church September 2, 2017. This is his first church staff position and he expresses his tremendous excitement as he begins his ministry career.
JD is from Oxford and is currently a student at New Orleans Theological Seminary. He is pursuing a Master of Arts in Counseling.
JD is married to his best friend and high school sweetheart, Auguste Reid Hankins. They have been married since June 2017. JD is the third generation in his family to surrender his life to the ministry.
JD enjoys watching all sports, especially Ole Miss and NBA. His favorite passage is Psalm 15. This is his “life passage” that his father challenged him to live by when he turned 13 years old. “He whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous… Whoever does these things will never be shaken.”
Jodee Gore, Children's Minister
Jodee is a native of Calhoun County. She graduated high school from Calhoun Academy. She received her Associates degree in History from Itawamba Community College in Fulton Ms, and has a Bachelors degree in Christian Ministry from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tn.
She grew up in the church, but never knew that one day she would be serving in the church. Almost two years ago, she rededicated her life to the Lord and shortly after that she surrendered to the ministry. She changed her major from History and Anthropology to Christian Ministry, transferred from Ole Miss to Trevecca, and she hasn’t looked back. At a very young age she loved helping other kid. Her first experience with this was when I went with her mom to buy Christmas presents for the kids at the Baptist Children’s Village, from there her passion for helping children has grown.
Here are a few of her favorite things: Favorite verses - 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (MSG), Story in the Bible - 2 Kings 4:8-37, and 8:1-6, and Biblical speaker - Charlotte Gambill. She enjoys listening to music, drawing, cooking and eating, mission projects, reading, working with kids at Creative Learning Center, volunteering, and collecting and putting boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
She feels so blessed to have this opportunity to serve an amazing God and the people of FBC Bruce and cannot wait to see the amazing things that He has in store for the children of this great community.
Rose Mary Shelton, CLC Director
I am Rose Mary Shelton, Director of Bruce Creative Learning Center. I am married to my best friend, Jan Shelton. We have two children. Chris Shelton and his wife Sandi have two children, Mikayla and Conner. Steven and his wife Kristi have two children, Janna and Ian. We have lived in Bruce since 1970.
I have been in the daycare ministry since January 5, 1981. When I was a young girl, I often dreamed of being a missionary. Never did I imagine that I could serve the Lord in the small town of Bruce at the Lord's Church at Bruce First Baptist. This ministry is such a passion of mine. It is such a wonderful way to share the love of Jesus with so many children and their parents. Since 1981, we have served approximately 530 children and have employed over 50 staff members, including Co-op students. I am currently caring for children whose parents I have kept in the past. It is such an honor and a priviledge to be able to serve the Lord in this ministry. Children are like a sponge that soaks up all that you teach them, which makes our job so easy to share the gospel. I have been blessed beyond measure through this ministry. It was eight years before we had a profession of faith that was a decision of the teaching vfom this ministry. Not long after that, we had a father and his son to be baptised on the same day. What a joy and encouragement that was for me. God has allowed me to see so many children decide to trust the lord over 36 years. Each time it just gets sweeter and sweeter to see God at work in these young lives.
People often ask me when I am going to retire. My answer has always been, "I don't want to work one day longer than the Lord wants me to, but I don't want to retire one day before he tells me to". My husband often replies to people about my retirement, "That is between God and Rose Mary!" I have loved every moment of the journey. I feel so honored to have been allowed the priviledge. God is good ALL THE TIME.