Our Ministry Team
Fred W. Andrea III, Ph.D.
A native of Greenville, he was reared in upstate South Carolina. He was graduated from Spartanburg High School, Clemson University, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - from which he received the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
He is a past President of the Rotary Club of Aiken, a Past-Moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina, and President of the Board of Directors of the Community Care and Counseling Center of Aiken. He served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Aiken County and is a Past Chair of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce. He has provided leadership to numerous church and community boards, agencies, and committees. Andrea, a graduate of Leadership South Carolina and the 2001 Aiken Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year, is a contributor to various journals and collections of sermons. He is a weekly newspaper columnist for the Aiken Standard.
James E. Bennett, M.C.M.
Associate Minister in Music and Worship
James Bennett has been Associate Minister in Music and Worship at Aiken's First Baptist Church since 1997.
He received a bachelors degree in music education from Baylor University and a masters degree in church music with an emphasis in music education from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, he has studied conducting under James Jordan and Rodney Eichenerger at Westminster Choir College and Judy Clurman at The Juilliard School. James has earned Kodaly Certification from Winthrop University and has studied the Dalcroze method under Robert Abramson at The Juilliard School.
Most recently, the Sanctuary Choir joined the Aiken Masterworks Chorale, The University of South Carolina Aiken Concert Choir, and the St. John United Methodist (Augusta, GA) Choir in a performance of Anton Bruckner's Mass in e minor under the direction of Dr. Joel Scraper.
Vicky R. McCullough, B.S.
Director of Children's Ministries
Vicky McCullough has served as Director of Children's Ministries at Aiken's First Baptist Church for twenty years. She is a native of Alabama and graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a degree in early childhood education and child development. She remains a member of the Beta chapter of the education sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma.
Vicky served on the Aiken County First Steps Board of Directors for six years, and is currently on the advisory board for PassportKids Missions Camps. Vicky has also served as kindergarten director for twenty years and has taught both 4-year old and 5-year old kindergarten. Vicky has been married for 44 years to her high school sweetheart, Jim. She is the mother of two grown sons, Bo and Tommy (Bess), and is the grandmother to two grandsons, Murray and Rett.
Kathy Samaha, M.Ed.
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Kathy grew up in Athens, Georgia and graduated from Mercer University. She received her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia.
Kathy was fortunate to teach at Aiken Elementary School for 16 years. She taught third, fourth, and fifth grades. She also taught gifted and talented classes and kindergarten reading intervention. Kathy is a member of SCIRA (South Carolina International Reading Association) and NAEYC (National Association for the Education of the Young Child).
Megan Doud, M.Div.
Associate Minister in Student Ministries
Megan is a huge University of Tennessee fan who grew up in Knoxville. After graduating from Carson Newman University with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a minor in Education, she discerned a call to ministry and interned at her home church, First Baptist Church of Knoxville, with the students and children. Upon completing her internship, she began studies at McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta. During seminary, she interned at Johns Creek Baptist Church, working with students and children. She graduated in May 2014 with her Masters of Divinity in Christian education and congregational ministry. After graduation she served at First Baptist Church, Huntsville, Alabama as the Student Ministry Resident. Megan understands her passion for relationship-building as guiding her call to serve with students. She loves traveling and just hanging out with her friends and family.