Wes BrownSenior Pastor

Wes is a husband, a father, and grandfather whose desire is to see the faith community give of themselves generously to the greater community-at-large. He is a firm believer in the church outside the four walls. Wes is a pastor and missionary; seeking to reach people with the love of Jesus Christ. He enjoys music, reading, and golf in his leisure time.



Mark Tolan – Teaching Pastor

Mark is married to the love of his life and partner in ministry, Erin.  He is honored and privileged to be dad to Josiah, Judah, and Jadon.  Mark loves to see lives changed and challenged by the Word of God.  He is passionate about seeing marriages and families thrive.

Mark loved growing up in Zambia as a missionary kid.  This time helped develop a heart for the global church, missions, and traveling. In his free time Mark loves making memories with his family, being outdoors and playing almost any sport… mostly soccer, ultimate frisbee and disc golf. 

Josh BakerYouth and Young Adult Pastor

A native of San Diego, CA, Josh has devoted the last 20 years of his life  to discipling middle and high school students. He loves to build environments and relationships that help students believe fully in Jesus, belong to the community of faith, become like Christ, and build His Kingdom in the world.

In his free time, Pastor Josh loves rock-climbing with his daughter, getting beat by his son at every video game there is, watching movies, mountain biking, and playing music. He is a big fan of coffee, bacon, star wars, the White Water Center, and rich conversation over good food.




Clint Lanford – Worship Leader

Clint is a young talented musician and singer that wants to use his gifts to glorify God. He loves to see the Holy Spirit move through people’s lives. He and his wife Kayla are still enjoying the honeymoon stage of marriage! He loves spending times with family and friends.


Michelle Owens Children’s Director

Michelle and her husband, Thomas, have been married since 2008 and have two precious girls, Harlee and Leah. Michelle started out as a 1st time guest at First Wesleyan in early 2014 after her girls started attending Bessemer City First Wesleyan Preschool.  She soon become a committed and passionate member of the church and a dedicated volunteer in our children’s ministry.  Her talent, enthusiasm, and love of children were quickly noticed.  She was hired by BC First Wesleyan Preschool and soon after as the children’s ministry director at the church as well.

Phil DuncanChoir Director

Phil has been serving God in music ministry for over 50 years. He feels that God has given him a wonderful ministry partner in Susan and has been gracious in giving them many opportunities to serve various church families. He is grateful to God for guiding him across the years and looks forward to continued ministry as the Lord leads.

Gloria RatchfordOffice Administrator

Gloria has been office administrator for more than 20 years and truly loves serving the people of First Wesleyan Church. She is a lifelong Wesleyan and has attended First Wesleyan Church for more than 50 years. She was married to Joe for 35 years before his untimely passing and they are parents of Matt, Seth and Robin. She has been blessed with five beautiful grandchildren and enjoys spending as much time as possible with them. 

Wed, 26 Jun 2019
Choir Practice
Diggin' Deeper
Kidz Konnect
Sun, 30 Jun 2019
Traditional Worship
Modern Worship
Tue, 2 Jul 2019
Mom's Group
Wed, 3 Jul 2019
Choir Practice
Diggin' Deeper
Kidz Konnect
Thu, 4 Jul 2019
Independence Day