Church  First Baptist Church Staff

Let's give a big hand to the hands who make it possible to worship our Lord and Savior at First Baptist Church in Elkins, Arkansas

  • Paulette Tate - Administrative Assistant  

    Paulette is the “voice of FBCE,” serving in the office four days a week. She was raised in Elkins, came to Christ at age 12, graduated from EHS & attended Business College in Paducah, KY. She worked briefly in Washington D.C. before joining the staff at the UofA where she worked for 38 years before retiring. Widowed in 2018, she has two grown children & six grandchildren. Come by & say hello to her sometime. To know her is to love her!

  • Joanna Herrington aka "Miss Joanna" - Nursery Staff

    Miss Joanna,” as our littlest ones affectionately call her, has been in charge of our nursery care for 15 years. She is passionate about expressing Jesus’ love to them on the Sundays & Wednesdays when they are in her care.
    Joanna and her Husband Tony celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary November 2020. She has spent the last 21 years being a Paraprofessional working in the Special Education Classroom. Her hobbies include reading, painting and crocheting. But her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her family and 3 grandchildren. All volunteers who assist in FBCE’s nursery rooms have cleared background checks and Miss Joanna (lol) You can rest assured that your children are being expertly cared for while at FBCE

  • Stephanie Straight-Richards - Pianist

    If you have not heard Stephanie play the piano you are missing out on hearing a true talent from God.


    Stephanie Straight-Richards graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1994 with a degree in piano. She has participated and won several piano competitions and opened Stephanie’s Musique in Dec. of 1994. In 2011 she released her first CD and the second one was released in 2014 - both of which were recorded in Nashville, TN. She has been blessed to serve as the pianist for Lakeview Baptist Church and for First Baptist Elkins. Her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Stephanie, her husband and little boy Braden reside in Springdale.