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Welcome to First Baptist Church of Eatonton

Our mission as First Baptist Church is to be followers of Christ who share God’s love and grace with all in worship, love for each other, learning Christ’s teachings and serving in the world.

Followers of Christ sharing His love and grace with all.


Our Vision


“HOW” will we fulfill this PURPOSE:

By living our faith


By giving our time, talents and resources

By serving through local and global missions

By studying God’s Word


By strengthening families

By improving leadership skills


By helping people in need

“WHAT” do we EXPECT to result:

People being led to Christ

A growing discipleship program

New members and finding their place in service

People being used by God with their talents and gifts

Involvement in local and global mission

Our Beliefs

We believe in the Living and One True God, and that there is a manifestation in the Trinity of God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and yet there are not three Gods, but one God.

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice.

We believe in the fall of Adam and in the imputation of his sin to his posterity in the corruption of human nature and the impotency of man to recover himself by his own free will and ability.

We believe in the everlasting love of God to His people.

We believe mankind is justified in the sight of God only by the salvation offered through Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and arose from the grave.

We believe in the calling of everyone and the final preservation of the saints in grace, so that not one of them shall be finally lost.

We are saved by grace through faith in Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit is given to every believer in
Christ in order to complete the sanctifying process of changes in each believer’s life. He calls us to the Savior, and He effects our regeneration. At the moment of regeneration, He baptizes every believer into the body of 
Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which we serve God and others through His church.

We believe the Holy Spirit seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the promise that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and
empowers the church in worship, evangelism and service.

We believe the final destiny of every believer is a full salvation from sin and a glorified resurrection of the
body, to be present with God in the everlasting new world to come, which shall be revealed according to God’s Word of promise. “Behold I make all things new.”


We believe there will be a resurrection of the dead and a judgement and that the joyfulness of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will be eternal.

Our Team

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Rev. Dr. Craig Williamson

Senior Pastor

Craig was reared in Dublin, Georgia where he was a graduate of Dublin High School. He is also a graduate of Mercer University, and remains a faithful alumni and advocate. He earned a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and further earned a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Christian Spirituality.He has served churches in Indiana and Georgia. 

Having ridden bicycles since a child, Craig continues to enjoy the thrill of biking. He spent years riding the ridge road across Pine Mountain into Roosevelt Park in West Georgia. He is exploring the back roads of Putnam County and the surrounding lakes at the present time. He is a novice Beekeeper. Fiercely independent, he wonders if bees are Baptists. His honey goes primarily to his Honey and wife, Catherine. She loves to point out the three B’s of his life – Bibles, Bikes and Bees.

Craig has two adventurous children – Andilyn and John. What joy they are to him!

Rev. Dylan Bowden

Associate Pastor - Youth

Dylan was raised in Gray, Georgia where he was a graduate of Jones County High School. He is a student at Truett McConnell University, where he is majoring in Christian Ministry with a focus in Theology. From 2012-2019, Dylan served as the Associate Pastor of Youth & Music at Hardwick Baptist Church in Milledgeville, Georgia where he was Ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 2014. Most recently, he has served as a Youth Pastor and Licensed Local Pastor in the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Dylan says, “My passion is Student Ministry. Helping students and their families come to know Christ or to know Him better is my number one priority.” 

Dylan is an avid tennis fan, player, and coach. His other hobbies and passions include spending time with his dog, Hershey, and singing, playing piano, reading, and traveling. Dylan joined the Staff of FBC Eatonton on January 3, 2023. 

Rev John Cotten

Minister of Music

Rev. John Cotten currently serves as our Minister of Music.  Rev. Cotten  retired last fall as Associate Pastor-Music of First Baptist Church of Milledgeville.  He is a graduate of Mississippi College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.  Previous churches include Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, Rainbow Park Baptist in Decatur, and the First Baptist Churches of both Alpharetta and Winder.  He is married to Amelia, who remains as Organist at FBC Milledgeville.  John enjoys musical missions, working with children and youth, and playing guitar, recorders and hand bells.




William Kitchen



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