O ur mission at First Seventh-day Adventist Church is Creating a Church Where Broken Lives are Made Whole.  We welcome you to the fellowship and it is our hope that your life will be richly blessed by your experiences with us.

First Church has a large staff to meet the many needs of the church and the community. Our staff members are listed on the about us page of this website. We also have numerous ministries that are led by members of our congregation.  Below you can find more details about the ministerial staff.

If you would like to connect with the Pastors, please contact us.

Pastor Snell

Pastor Debleaire K. Snell :: Senior Pastor

snellCropPastor Snell was born on March 12,1977 in Tallahassee, Florida to Deborah and Larry Snell. He is the eldest of two brothers Javaris Snell, 23, and Andrew Snell, 18. His family accepted the truth in 1987, as he and his parents were baptized into the Maranatha SDA Church in Tallahassee, Florida. From the time he joined the church he was active in the Lord’s Army, serving as Jr. Deacon and youth ministry assistant.At the age of 17, he began to feel the call of God on his life.

He accepted and embraced the call to the ministry as a freshman at Oakwood College. Pastor Snell distinguished himself as a leader from the minute he set foot on campus. In 1997 he served as the United Student Movement Vice-President. Because of his faithfulness the Lord called him to greater responsibility as he served with distinction as the President for the U.S.M. In 1999, he graduated with a B.A. in Theology from Oakwood College. That spring he accepted a call to pastor with the South Central Conference.

Upon graduating, Pastor Snell began his graduate school matriculation at Andrews University. While at Andrews, he served as the Youth Pastor for the Praise Fellowship SDA Church in South Bend,Indiana. In December of 2001 he received his Masters of Divinity from Andrews Theological Seminary. Just before graduation, he began courting the former Gianna Norman of Nashville, Tn. Pastor Snell’s life was made complete as they were married November 2, 2003. On March30, 2010 Pastor Snell and Gianna were blessed with their first son Jadon Christopher Snell.

In January of 2002 Pastor Snell was installed as the pastor of Salem SDA Church in Columbus, MS and the Lee Memorial SDA Church in West Point, MS. During his tenure there, the Lord blessed his ministry tremendously. Through personal ministry and an emphasis on evangelism the Lord added steady growth to the churches and souls were won for the kingdom.

In February 25 2006, he was installed as the pastor of the Lima Drive SDA Church in Lexington, KY. Over the course of his four year tenure Lima Drive experienced genuine revival as the church was transformed into a “House of Prayer.” On July 17,2010 Pastor Snell began his post as the Senior Pastor of the First SDA Church of Huntsville, Alabama. Since his arrival at First Church explosive growth has taken place as hundreds of souls have been added to the kingdom in the last 25months. His Favorite text is II Cor.5:17 which states that if any man be in Christ Jesus he is a new creature, old things are passed away behold all things are made new.

Pastor Greene

Pastor Alfonzo Greene :: Pastor of Discipleship and Administration

Pastor Alfonzo Greene III was born in Berrien Springs,Michigan and is a product of Christian education. He is a graduate of Oakwood University, in Huntsville, AL where he received a Bachelors of Arts in Theology. He also earned a Masters of Divinity from Andrews University SDA Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, MI and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Church Leadership.

Pastor Greene began his ministry in the South Central Conference in January 2004, where he pastored the Springfield/Clarksville/Gallatin, TN district. He then pastored the Maranatha and First SDA Churches in Tuscaloosa and Eutaw, AL. He is currently serving as Pastor of Discipleship and Administration at First SDA Church and Campus Pastor at the Bridge in Huntsville, AL.

Pastor Greene is happily married to his high school sweetheart, the former Mary Okike, also a graduate of Oakwood University. Their marriage began on July 4, 2004 and they have added five beautiful children to their union: Chimere. Alfonzo Joseph (AJ), Ikenna, Caleb, and Shiloh.

His greatest desire is that his life will bring glory to God.

Pastor Lampkin

Pastor Crockett :: Pastor of Pastoral Care and Visitation

lampkinCropPastor Alexander Lampkin began his pastoral education at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and a minor in Accounting; in 1988, he earned a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan; He further continued his education, receiving an Educational Specialist degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2007.

He has served in the Illinois Conference from 1982-1995. In 1995, he was called to the South Central Conference where he has served in multiple capacity.

Transitioning from Knoxville, where he has served since 2006 at the College Hill SDA Church  in the Mechanicsville neighborhood, Pastor Lampkin has been energetically leading his flock for eight years.

He has held several revivals in Knoxville, leading many people to Christ, and has been very active in the community serving East Knoxville, Lonsdale, Western Heights, Christenberry Heights and the Mechanicville neighborhoods.

Pastor Lampkin is married the former Laveta Marie Baggett in 1992, and to this union of 22 years three sons were born: Brenton, Branden,  and Braidan.

Pastor Lampkin, who has also served as a chaplain for the Knoxville Police Department, is known for his love for family, reading, basketball, and young people.His favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:6, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path.”

Pastor Crockett

Pastor Byron Crockett :: Assistant Administrative Pastor

Pastor Byron Shea Crockett was born May 12th 1981 to Mckinley and Marian Crockett Jr. He was raised in Tallahassee FL where his family was active in his home church Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church. It was at this same church where he met his wife Vanessa of St. Johns Antigua. They are now celebrating 10 years of marriage and have been blessed with a beautiful 1-year-old son Caleb.

In 2008 he obtained his bachelors degree from Oakwood University. That same fall the Southeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventist sponsored him to obtained his Masters of Divinity from Andrews University.

From there Pastor Crockett was assigned to Patmos Chapel as the Associate Pastor from 2011 to 2015 under the leadership of Pastor Samuel Dade Jr. He most recently was the Pastor of the Emmanuel and Mt. Pleasant churches in Deland and Leesburg Florida.

His favorite Bible Verse is Exodus 14:14 The Lord shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.