Daryl C. Cornett, pastor

Daryl became the twentieth pastor of the First Baptist Church on August 17, 2008.  Before coming to lead First Baptist he was  Associate Professor of Church History at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee.  He has served churches in Kentucky and northern Mississippi in a variety or roles over the past twenty years, including youth, recreation, education and pastor.  He holds both the Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  A native Kentuckian, he was born in Hazard and grew up in Lexington.  Daryl also serves as a chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserve, holding the rank of Major. He and his wife Cindy have two children: Justin, who is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, and Libby, who is twelve and a student at Hazard Middle School. 


Roger Combs, assistant pastor of children and youth

Roger joined First Baptist November 1, 2011.  He is a native of Perry County and is delighted to serve in eastern Kentucky.  Before coming back home, he lived in Georgetown, Ky where he attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and served in key roles at Gano Baptist Church.  Roger's primary responsibility is planning and implementing ministry for children and teens and strengthening family discipleship. Roger and his wife Terrah have three daughters - Addison, who is six, Avery who is almost two, and Ainsley who is a newborn.   


Scott & Jennifer Bersaglia, music leaders

Scott is Founder and Music Director of the Sacred Winds Ensemble and Founder and Chairman of Sacred Winds Ministries. He is also Director of Bands for Pikeville Independent Schools. In July, he assumed the position of music leader at First Baptist. Scott has served churches in various music leadership roles in churches for the past sixteen years. A Kentucky native, Scott holds degrees from Morehead State University and The University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Jennifer, who serves as pianist and co-directs the choir, live in Prestonsburg with their daughters, Isabella and Emmaline.



Tina Rose-Baker, ministry assistant

Tina became the church secretary in November 2000. She and her husband Henry have two grown daughters. Tina has been a member of First Baptist Church since 1994.  Tina serves as the office administrator and church custodian.