About First Baptist Church Covington

Our Beliefs | Our Mission | Times & Location | Our Staff

Our Beliefs

We believe the Bible is the source of our worldview.

At FBC Covington, we believe that while the Bible was written by real people throughout history, God inspired them with the words to write, making the Bible His Word to us as well. Because of this, the Bible has the final say in our lives and beliefs.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness”2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)
We believe that our members have a say in our church functions.
22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brothers,”Acts 15:22 (ESV)
We believe every Christian has a direct connection to God through Jesus.

We believe that as a result of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross 2000+ years ago, the direct connection between God and humans that was once broken due to sin, has been made possible again. Therefore, we no longer need a priest to speak to God on our behalf; we can communicate with God ourselves.

16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)
We believe in an Individual/Personal Commitment to Christ

We believe we are responsible for our own commitment to Jesus Christ. No one else can make this decision for us.

12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,”John 1:12 (ESV)
We believe in the Believer’s Baptism.

We believe that baptism (immersion in water) is a symbolic public proclamation for someone who has truly believed in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross and has chosen to confess Him as their Lord and Savior.

4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life…”Romans 6:4-6 (ESV)

Our Mission

We exist to help people know and accept Jesus Christ, and through Him experience life-changing relationships.

Our Times and Location

3 Great Services…1 Awesome Message!

Saturday Evening Worship at 6:00 pm

Join us in the Worship Center. Our Saturday service provides a comfortable atmosphere of exciting music and biblical teaching relevant to the lives of today’s culture.

Sunday Mornings at 9:30 am and 11:00 am

Through songs and anthems that have been at the heart of the church for many years, modern worship songs of today, and life changing biblical teaching, we seek to bring you to a closer relationship with our Lord and Savior and build relationships with others who share a desire to know Christ.

Our 9:30 am service provides a familiar atmosphere of worship through inspirational anthems from the choir and orchestra and songs of the faith that have touched the hearts of believers for many years.

Our 11:00 am service provides a dynamic worship experience through modern worship songs relevant to today’s culture. We seek to bring the timeless message of the gospel to the ever changing and fast paced world of today.

16333 Louisiana Highway 1085 | Covington, LA 70433

Our Staff

Waylon Bailey

Senior Pastor

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Waylon Bailey is from Brantley, Alabama. He graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with the Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology degrees. At his Master’s graduation Waylon received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduate in Biblical Studies. In 2012, New Orleans Seminary bestowed him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.

He has served as pastor of churches in Alabama and Louisiana and served as Chairman of the Division of Biblical Studies and J. Wash Watts Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from 1978 to 1995. Waylon is the author of five books, including The New American Commentary on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. His latest book, LifeApps: Applying the Word of God to the Difficulties of Life, will be published soon. He is a frequent contributor to biblical and pastoral journals. Dr. Bailey currently serves as President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

Dr. Bailey has served Southern Baptists in various capacities, including serving on the Committee on Committees and the Credentials Committee. He recently served as the Chairman of the Committee on Nominations for the Southern Baptist Convention.
In 1989, Waylon became the pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana. In the years he has served as pastor, the church has grown in weekly average worship attendance from 300 to 1900. In March 2001, the church relocated from its downtown location to a new 43-acre campus on Highway 1085 in Covington.

Waylon is married to his high school sweetheart, the former Martha Layton. They are the parents of two adult daughters, and have three grandsons and one granddaughter.

You can hear Dr. Bailey each week at First Baptist Church at one of our three weekend worship services: Saturday at 6:00pm, Sunday at 9:30am or 11:00am, watch Foundation For Life every Sunday morning on WGNO 26 at 10:00 am or view his sermons online now.

Jay Johnston

Associate Pastor

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Jay Johnston joined the staff as the Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church of Covington in January 2009. He provides leadership to our Multi-Campus Ministry, Congregational Care Ministry, Worship Ministry, and Missions/Evangelism Ministry. He gives direct leadership to our Prayer Ministry and Recovery Ministry. Jay also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for National Day of Prayer in Louisiana and serves on the Louisiana Governor’s Annual Prayer Breakfast Task Force. He is active in the Association and State Convention work of Louisiana Baptist. He is often invited to preach and teach on prayer, forgiveness, evangelism and discipleship as well as consulting with churches on the daily pressures of church life and how to be a disciple making church.

Jay came to FBC Covington from Nashville, Tennessee where he served for twenty years with LifeWay Christian Resources which is a church consulting, education and publishing company in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of two books and has over 100 articles published. He has served churches in Louisiana, Florida and Tennessee. He is a native of New Orleans and is a graduate of Louisiana College with a Bachelor of Science Degree, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary with Doctor of Ministry Degree.

Jay is married to Jerilyn Gaspard Johnston who is the church pianist and teaches piano. Jay and Jerilyn have two sons Grady and Jody. Grady is married to Ann and they have two sons Chaucer and Xander. They live in Jackson, TN where Grady is a Doctor of Nursing Candidate to become a nurse anesthetist. Jody is married to Oliva and they live in Baton Rouge, La. Jody owns and operates a marketing and advertising company that empowers brands to grow intentional relationships through strategic imagery. Oliva is a Law Student at LSU.

Clif Smith

Minister of Education

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Clif has extensive experience in ministry, having served since 1973. He graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. He is not new to Louisiana, having served at Trinity Baptist in Lake Charles from 1998 to 2002. His most recent experience was at FBC, Atlanta, GA, where he led the Education Ministry. Both Clif and his wife, Elaine, are native Texans. They have been blessed with four daughters, Amy, Emily, Jessie and Paige.

David Rockett

Minister of Adults 55+ and Pastoral Care

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David came to FBC in 1980. He has served in several capacities including work with youth, music, and senior adults. He began his current area of ministry in June of 1999. David graduated from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana with a degree in Music Education and earned a Master of Church Music degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. David and his wife, Linda, are the proud parents of a son, Thomas, a daughter, Laura, and a one-year-old grandchild, Evy Rockett.

Darlene Drivon

Preschool Minister

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Darlene Drivon was born in Marion County, Mississippi, She has been a member of FBC since 1984. Since March 1994 she has been the employed Preschool Staff Coordinator. Darlene and her husband, Harold, Sr., are the proud parents of three children Jennifer, Harold Jr., and Felicia. They have three grandchildren, James, Elizabeth, and 2-year-old Adlyn. Darlene graduated with a certificate in Preschool and Children’s Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2000 and received an advanced certificate in May 2004.

Maggie Fredericks

Children’s Minister

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Maggie and her husband Carl are from Slidell, Louisiana. She has earned an Associates degree in Preschool and Children’s Ministry, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministry with a minor in Psychology and Counseling, and a Masters of Divinity degree in Christian Eduction all from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Childhood Education also from NOBTS. Maggie began her ministry as a Children’s Ministry volunteer, later serving as the Director of Childhood Education for almost 10 years. Maggie and Carl are the proud parents of five young adult children: Madeleine (her husband Aaron), Donovan, Jonathan, Harrison, and Jacquelyn.

Glynn Robinson

Minister of Missions/Evangelism

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Glynn is from Meridian, Mississippi. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. Glynn began his ministry at First Baptist church in 1997. He is married to Melinda of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. They are the parents of two daughters, Mollie and Mary Landrum, and a son, Will.

Bill Boren

Family Life Pastor

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Bill Boren serves as our Family Life Pastor. He joined the staff of FBC Covington in May 2006. He has been in student and family ministry since 1993, while serving churches in Louisiana, Florida, and Mississippi. He is a graduate from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry. Both originally from Meridian, MS, Bill and his wife Jill enjoy raising their twin daughters, Halle and Hannah and their youngest daughter, Harper.

Josh Jordan

College/Young Families

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Josh serves as the college and young families pastor, giving assistance to parents of children and preschoolers. Josh moved from Sulphur Springs Texas in 2007 to join the FBC staff. Josh has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from East Texas Baptist University, and a Master of Divinity degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been serving in various roles in ministry since 2000 including students, college, worship leader and family ministry. Josh and his wife, Leslie have 4 children: Kate, Judah and twin boys John Luke and Jonas. The Jordan’s love FBC Covington!

Chris Kroll

Student Pastor

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Chris grew up in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. He is a graduate of the University of West Florida (Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity). Chris joins the staff after having served for more than six years at Hartford Baptist Church in Hartford, AL in the roles of both Student Pastor and Senior Pastor. Chris and his wife, Crystal, have been married for 14 years and have been blessed with 5 children (Andrew, Luke, Ella Grace, Emery Faith and Nathanael). Chris’ current favorite life thought comes from 1 John 2:6 – Whoever claims to live in Him (Jesus) must live as Jesus did (NIV).

Benji Cowart

Worship Arts Pastor

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Benji and Jenna Cowart have been leading worship for 20 plus years and are both originally from the Nashville, TN area. After graduating from Belmont University, they were married in 1997, and their journey in ministry began. Throughout the years, they have added four incredible children Braden ,Kyndall and Zac , and adopted Maisy from Sierra Leone, Africa in 2014. They have served in churches in Florida, Las Vegas, Buffalo, NY.. Benji and Jenna are both signed as songwriters with Word Publishing in Nashville, TN and have released their own music independently. Benji has had the opportunity to have various albums cuts with artists like Big Daddy Weave, Danny Gokey, Meredith Andrews, and other Christian radio artists. Aside from awards or any type of recognition, it is their first desire to write songs that bring encouragement and hope to people through song. Songs written with the “Church” in mind so the people in the congregation can keep singing new songs and experience God through worship.

Benji serves as one half of the Worship Arts team alongside his wife Jenna and is originally from Hendersonville, TN. Benji graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor in Music Business and is in hopes of finishing his degree with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary since they have relocated to LA. He and Jenna were married in 1997 and have been leading worship for 20plus years together, and Benji has served on staff in churches in Florida, Las Vegas and Buffalo, NY, while also continuing to pursue his love of songwriting. He is a staff writer with Word Publishing writing songs for their own EPs and the church at large, but also for radio artists like Danny Gokey, Big Daddy Weave, Finding Favour and others. Benji and his wife Jenna have three biological children Braden, Kyndall, Zac and Maisy who was adopted from Africa in 2014

Jenna Cowart

Worship Arts Pastor

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Benji and Jenna Cowart have been leading worship for 20 plus years and are both originally from the Nashville, TN area. After graduating from Belmont University, they were married in 1997, and their journey in ministry began. Throughout the years, they have added four incredible children Braden ,Kyndall and Zac , and adopted Maisy from Sierra Leone, Africa in 2014. They have served in churches in Florida, Las Vegas, Buffalo, NY.. Benji and Jenna are both signed as songwriters with Word Publishing in Nashville, TN and have released their own music independently. Benji has had the opportunity to have various albums cuts with artists like Big Daddy Weave, Danny Gokey, Meredith Andrews, and other Christian radio artists. Aside from awards or any type of recognition, it is their first desire to write songs that bring encouragement and hope to people through song. Songs written with the “Church” in mind so the people in the congregation can keep singing new songs and experience God through worship.

Jenna serves as one half of the Worship Arts team alongside her husband Benji and is originally from Franklin, TN. After graduating from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Music, she and Benji married in 1997 and began leading worship for various events and the local church. They have been in ministry now for 20plus years serving in churches in Florida, Las Vegas, and Buffalo, NY. Jenna is a writer with Word Publishing and does some co-writing with Benji and others. Jenna has been part of writing songs for their own EPs as well as having cuts with Selah, The Isaacs, and Housefires Worship Band. She is passionate about leading people in worship and training up future leaders. Jenna and Benji have three biological children Braden, Kyndall, Zac and Maisy who was adopted from Africa in 2014.

Barry Carpenter

Audio/Lighting Director

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Barry joined First Baptist Covington as the Technical Director in 2012 after graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Barry’s interest in all-things-geek began at an early age, which was later combined with a love for people and a passion for music in his early teen years. He recently got married to his lovely wife Krystal! In his free time, Barry enjoys being on the other side of the mic, stomping his feet, instrument in hand, worshipping Jesus with his band Redemption Family.

Melinda Robinson

Financial Administrator

Stephen Babin

Facilities Manager

Jackie Clark

Pastor’s Assistant

Megan Waddell

Student Ministry Intern

Natalie Coniglio

Administrative Assistant

Savannah Ortego

Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Fleming

Administrative Assistant to Josh Jordan and Darlene Drivon

Karen Walls

Administrative Assistant to Music Ministry and Jay Johnston

Angela Harris

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant to David Rockett

Mary Ann Bishop

Administrative Assistant to Glynn Robinson

Gloria Pittman

Contributions Clerk

Ashley Roberts

Associate to Children’s Minister

Krystal Carpenter

Graphics

Anna Richey

Records Assistant

Timmy Williams

Assistant Facilities Manager

Kohl Rester

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