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

Pastor 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 Lampkin

Pastor Crockett :: Pastor of Pastoral Care and Visitation

Pastor 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.

Pastor Taylor

Pastor Rashid Taylor :: Youth Pastor

The Genesis of pastor Rashid Taylor began on December 14, 1974 in Dayton, Ohio to Anthony and Donna Taylor. When he was 9 the family joined the church and he fell in love with the teachings and activities of the church from Sabbath school to Pathfinders to the children’s choir.

This love for the church lead him on a trip to Oakwood University where he again was struck by the heavy presence of the Holy Spirit and believed that was the school for him. This same overwhelming strike of passion and purpose hit him when he met his wife, Evyonne Rainey, there in 1997 and married in 1999. They’ve recently celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary.

After avoiding his call to pursue what he imagined to be his purpose, Pastor Taylor rejoined the church of his youth becoming the youth pastor. He then moved his family to Kansas City, Kansas where he continued serving God as AYM leader, youth and adult Sabbath School instructor, couples ministry leader and eventually an Elder.

His relationship with God called him into Pastoral ministry and back to Oakwood University, where he received his Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies. While completing his degree he joined the First SDA Church in Huntsville as an Intern and then as the Youth Pastor. The position which he currently serves in.

Pastor Taylor has a love for sharing the love of God in diverse and creative ways. Aside from teaching and preaching, his other passions are sneaker collecting, traveling, cooking, and music.

His favorite text is Philippians 2:5-7
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.