Meet the Staff

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  • Dr. Juston Gates, sr. Pastor

    Dr. Juston Gates has been married to his wife Amanda for 20 years. They are the proud parents of three children: Elizabeth Klaire “Lizzie”, Caleb, and Leah Madelyn. Juston has been a pastor of churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and now Missouri. Prior to entering vocational ministry, Juston was employed in the realm of law enforcement with police departments in Memphis, TN, Tupelo, MS, and Allen, TX, while also serving as a Federal Agent with the United States Border Patrol.

    Juston earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky and his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Luther Rice Seminary in Georgia. He was called to full time ministry in May of 2000. He is an adjunct online instructor for Itawamba Community College, where he instructs World Religions I and Old Testament Survey. In addition, Juston serves as an adjunct instructor for College of Ozarks, where he instructs Police Field Services, a part of the Criminal Justice program.


  • Jeramie henson, Assoc. Pastor Adults

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  • Jeff Shaffer, Assoc. Pastor Students

    Jeff  has been married to his wife, Megan since May of 2010. They have 2 daughters Jackie (2012) & Ellie (2014). Jeff grew up in Crestview, FL & attended the University of West Florida earning a B.A.. During college Jeff felt a call to the ministry as a Student Minister. Jeff earned his Master of Arts in Family Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Jeff served as the Associate Pastor of Family Ministries at First Baptist Kershaw, South Carolina from 2011 to 2017. Jeff has been serving First Baptist Forsyth since 2017. 

  • Shad Clarkson, Worship Leader

  • Megan Shaffer

    Megan has a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Counseling from Boyce College, and has been serving with her husband, Jeff, in ministry for the past eight years.  She is passionate about helping families flourish, and is excited to work with the rest of the FBC Forsyth staff to glorify Christ by strengthening His Church.


  • Amy Wilhoit, Children's Director

  • Becca Mullen, Preschool Director

  • Barbara Jernigan, Adminstrative Assistant

  • Martha Stanley, Administrative Assistant

  • Renea Martin, Custodial Services

  • Dave Yeager, Maintenance Services