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Ministry Team


Dr. David Talley

Lead Pastor

Originally from the Birmingham, AL area, Pastor Dave has 44 years of pastoral and ministry leadership experience in churches large and small.  He holds a PhD in Theological Studies in Old Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS), Deerfield, IL as well as Master of Divinity, Master of Theology in Old Testament and Master of Arts-Biblical Counseling from Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN.  He has served as Professor of Old Testament at Biola University/Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA. Dave’s life goals, and what he describes as God’s inescapable call, are life-on-life discipleship, preaching and missions.  Dave and his wife, Joni, have been married 39 years and have two children and two grandchildren.  He loves playing and watching sports (as an avid Alabama fan), hunting & fishing, reading, and coffee.  Pastor Dave began his partnership with us in Christ’s work at First Baptist Church of Tellico Village on July 1, 2023.

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Kem Lindsay
Associate Pastor

Kem grew up in the Ozarks. He is a humble man, who has a desire to serve God with all his heart, soul, and mind. His greatest passion is to disciple people as followers of Jesus Christ. Kem holds a Bachelor of Science in Religious Education from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar MO., and a Master of Art in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX.  He has over 45 years of ministry experience serving a church in Missouri and two churches in North Carolina.  Kem and his wife, Carol have been married for over 45 years and have four daughters and four grandchildren.  He began serving at First Baptist Church of Tellico Village in May 2019.

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David Whipple, Jr.
Minister of Music

David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a minor in Music Business from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and a Master of Church Music Degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. With over 40 years of ministry experience, he has served churches in Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee. David and his wife, Angela, have been married over 44 years and have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. He has served at First Baptist Church of Tellico Village since August 2015.

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Joey Shults

Facilities Manager


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Michelle Baker

Ministry Assistant


After growing up in California and living in Washington state for several years, Michelle, along with her husband and their two boys, moved to Tennessee in November 2021, a place she never thought God would lead her! She is enjoying getting to know her new surroundings with her family and is blessed to be serving at First Baptist Church of Tellico Village.

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Tim Rasmussen
Director of Media Ministries


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