Our Ministry Team
Megan Doud, M.Div.
Minister of Students and Missions
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.
Director of Music and Worship
Born and raised in Aiken, SC, Zach has an enduring love for the area and its community. In 2012, he graduated from The University of South Carolina in Columbia with a Bachelor of Music with emphasis in education. He has spent the last seven years in Aiken County Public Schools as a band director and general music educator. Zach's life has been filled with a passion for making music, spending time performing in and with multiple choirs, bands, and orchestras throughout the state. His primary instrument is euphonium, and he sings bass. He considers the opportunity to create music for the Lord as one of the greatest blessings in his life. When not making music, Zach can be found spending time with his wife, Anna, and their son, Bennett. This time is spent traveling, running, and reading.
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).
Ellen Looper, MRE
Director of Children's Ministry
Ellen was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Her love of children and call to ministry came early from her time and experiences with her parents who ran Oregon Hill Baptist Mission Center in Richmond. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, from Virginia Commonwealth University, she moved to Texas. There she attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with a Masters of Arts in Religious Education. Since graduating she has been the Children’s Weekday Director of First Baptist Church Longview, Texas, taught first and second grades in Virginia, and was the Children’s Minister at Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken, South Carolina. Over the years she has been part of various leadership organizations and has had the opportunity to lead workshops and conference sessions related to Children’s Ministry. Ellen is married to Marshall Looper. They have two children, Sarah and Matthew. In addition to her church activities she enjoys traveling, antiquing and spending lots of time with family and friends.
Director of Education and Administration
Debra Haney will join the FBC Aiken Family as Director of Education and Administration on April 1st. Having spent the last 44 years as a resident of Dalton Ga, she was employed in the banking industry for nearly three decades and served eight years as Church Business Administrator at Dalton’s First Baptist Church. In addition to holding a Bachelors Degree in Business Management, she has earned several additional certifications, including that of a Church Administrator. She has served in many leadership roles at FBC Dalton, including, Sunday Teacher, Bible Study Facilitator, Deacon (chair and vice chair), and on many standing committees. In addition, she has been very active in her community serving as the President of Leadership Dalton, Trustee of the Dalton-Whitfield Hospital Authority and a Trustee of the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation. Having the gift of Administration, Debra’s “lifelong passion has been creating order out of chaos and freeing others to do the work God has called them to do.”