Our Staff

The staff here at First Baptist is well-equipped and engaged in ministering to the lost and saved.  They work together to glorify God and love people.  They are fun and energetic, but have a heart for those that do not know Christ and show love unrelentingly.  They love one another and work together to achieve what they believe is God's vision for our church.

  • Eric Harriman, Pastor

    Bro. Eric came to First Baptist Church in June 2003 from Faith Baptist Church from Baker, Louisiana, for the position of Associate Pastor/Youth. In 2005 the church called Bro. Eric to Senior Pastor where he serves with his wife, Jodi.

  • John Carroll, Men's Minister

    John has a passion for God's word! He also has a passion to see the men of our community become the men God has called them to be. Through discipleship and many opportunities to serve, our Men's Ministry is always challenging our men to be the spiritual leaders God desires.

  • Sonja Carroll, Women's Minister

    Sonja was born and raised in the Columbia area and brings a unique gift of compassion and kindness to our church. She has a heart for God's word and strives to give the ladies of all ages in First Bapstist Church opportunities to grow and serve. Sonja is a talented singer and served as Music Minister for the church until answering God's call to women's ministry in 2013.

  • Sawyer Lincecum, Office Administrator

    Sawyer coordinates the church office and the many tasks of the church. Sawyer was born and raised in Columbia and lives here with her husband, Michael and their two children. Sawyer has a passion for organization and a desire to see First Baptist grow in this community.

  • Deanna Lee

    Deanna Lee,  Children's Minister

    Deanna is the daughter of the pastor, Eric Harriman. She and her husband, Hayden Lee, have been serving in the Children's Ministry at FBC for years, but have recently taken on a leadership role! Deanna loves our children and is continually looking for ways to reach out and help them grow in Christ. They and their son Elias are wonderful additions to the Children’s Ministry. 


  • Jessica Wishard, Music Minister

    Jessica joined FBC after touring two years with Life Action Ministries. Jessica is a graduate of Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. She grew up in Arkansas where her family still resides. Jessica is a talented musician and singer with a passion for leading others in worship. 


  • Jake Bennett, Youth Minister

    Jake joined the FBC Ministry Team in 2021 after working for Focus on the Family in Colorado.  Jake was born and raised in Columbia and he and his wife Hannah moved to Columbia in 2021.  Jake has a passion for youth ministry and seeing youth strengthened in their walk with the Lord.