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Church Staff & Elders

Meet the First Jerusalem staff and elders who serve our ministry and our members.

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Jane Cheves

Church Secretary

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Latrell Northcut

Custodian

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Vernell Small

Event Coordinator

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Nathan Small

Custodian

FJMBC Church Elders


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Elder Vernice Moore Chaplin

Elder Vernice Moore Chaplin accepted Christ at the age of 12. She graduated from A. E. Beach High School in 1972 and she graduated from Savannah Vocational Tech in 1974. Elder Chaplin is the proud wife of Shedrick Chaplin. In 2002, Elder Chaplin preached her initial sermon entitled "If you fake it, you won't make it." In 2005, she was ordained by Reverend Matthew Southall Brown, Sr. Elder Chaplin loves to share the word of God with the people of God. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of her favorite scriptures and it says, "Trust in The Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths."

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Elder Jean Edwards

Elder Edwards is an Administrative Secretary at Haven Elementary School and was voted by her peers as the 2014 ISPY Instructional Support Person of the Year. Elder Edwards is also Secretary for the Executive Board of the Savannah Federation of Teachers, SFT/PSRP Union. She has also served as President of the United Christian Women Fellowship, Inc. Elder Edwards serves faithfully on the Ministerial Staff at First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. She is also a support to the Mission Ministry.

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Elder Eric McBeth

In August 2003, Elder McBeth came to Savannah Georgia to attend Savannah State University (SSU). While at SSU, he received his B. S. in Mathematics with a minor in Business, Computer Science and Chinese in December of 2006. Immediately in 2007, he attended Graduate school in the Business Administration Program at SSU. On December 9, 2008, the late Pastor Tyson asked him to join the ministerial staff at First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. Elder McBeth has been a faithful member participating in a plethora of ministries.

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Elder Leon Williams, Sr.

Elder Williams is a 1984 graduate of Jenkins High School. He is the proud husband of Adrina Williams and they have been married since 1991. He is employed by the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. Elder Williams stated his grandparents laid the foundation that he can now pass along to his family. Elder Williams lives by the motto "I'm just a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody". One of Elder Williams’ favorite scriptures is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

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Elder Andre’ Young

The Lord directed Elder Young and his family to join First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in February of 2006. He was soon trained and ordained to serve as a Deacon in September of the same year. He was called by God to preach the Gospel and received his Minister’s license in March of 2009.