Church Staff
Bro. Bill

Bill Wright

Rev. Bill Wright came to FBC in August, 2003. God called Bro. Bill out of the business world into full-time ministry at the age of 34. After working with people from various walks of life, he developed a passion for reaching the lost and leading believers into a deeper walk with Christ. With his business and family background, Bill preaches and ministers in practical real world terms. Preaching the truth of God’s Word and helping others apply those truths is central to his ministry.
Family is of utmost importance to Bill. He and his wife, Rhonda, have been married for over 30 years.
They have two children, Ashley and Joshua. Ashley is married to Brian Lucas. They have two children, Carter and Abbey. Joshua and his wife, Sara, married in June, 2013. Bill and Rhonda love to travel, ride bikes, watch the Red Sox, spend time with their family, meet new people and make new friends. Bro. Bill graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and also attended the Stephen Olford Institute for Biblical Preaching in Memphis, Tennessee.

Music Minister
Allen Sims

Allen Sims has served as Music Minister since July of 2010.  He has a Master of Religious Education degree/Church Music minor from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and he holds a Bachelor of Church Music degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He is married to Karen Jo (Seward) Sims, from Chesapeake, VA, who is the Director of Hope Clinic. Allen and Karen have two children Katie & Cody. Allen enjoys snow-skiing, tennis, ping-pong, USM tailgating and spending time with his family.

Student Minister
Daniel Stewart

Daniel is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his undergraduate degree in Christian Ministry and his masters in Christian Education. He was born in Louisiana. Daniel was Married to his wife Nicole Stewart on December, 13, 2014. Daniel met Nicole while in seminary in New Orleans. Daniel and Nicole both desire to see young people give their lives to Christ and live for Him. They love to travel and spend time with teenagers.

Senior Adult Coordinator
Graham Boutwell

Graham has been a member of FBC since May 2014. He is married to Tammy and they have 2 sons (Justin and Brandon) and 2 daughters (Tracy and Morgan). Graham has a B.S degree from William Carey University, a Masters of Education from Southern Mississippi and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from the Univ. of West Florida.
He retired from teaching and being a principal in Ft. Walton Beach Florida after 30 years. Graham has been a part-time music director for various churches in Mississippi and Florida for over 40 years. He became our Senior Adult Coordinator in July of 2017. Graham and Tammy enjoy traveling, golf, water sports, snow-skiing, and spending time with family.

Children's Ministry Director
Mandy Dyar

Mandy Dyar has attended FBC since 2003. She is married to Matt Dyar with two children, Camryn and Graham. She served for a year and a half as our preschool director before being led to serve as our Children's Ministry Director in 2018.

Financial Secretary

Donna came to FBC in January, 1997 and has been a member here since then.  She and her husband, Clemmer, have one daughter, Lacey, son-in-law Austin, and grandchild Kase.

Preschool Coodinator
Riley Herrin

Riley is a wife to Austin Herrin and a mother to Ethan Herrin. Riley has been a long time member of First Baptist Church of Purvis and has always enjoyed working with children in the nursery. 

She accepted the Preschool Coordinator position in July of 2018. Riley is also a Masters Social Work Student at the University of Southern Mississippi and is a Forensic Interviewer at Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center. Riley is dedicated to serving God through her work with children. 

Chruch Accompanist/Music Assistant
Andrew Ellison

Andrew has been our Church Accompanist since August 2012. Andrew plays the piano for all our church services, accompanies the Sounds of Praise and Sounds of Grace choirs and plays organ occasionally for the 8:00 Service.

Mike Stuart

Mike came to work at FBC in November, 1994 and has been a member since 1997. He and his wife, Carolyn, have one son, Shelby.