• Dr. Jerry Smith - Pastor

    Jerry has been the pastor of First Baptist Church of Clifton since 1986.  He was a pastor and church planter in New Mexico for nine years prior to that, and also served as an associate minister at Calvary Baptist in Waco, and the First Baptist Church of China Spring.  He has been in the ministry since 1971. He graduated from Baylor with a B.A. in 1973, Southwestern Baptist Theological  Seminary in Fort Worth with an M.Div. in 1976, and Golden Gate Baptist Theological  Seminary  with a D.Min. degree in 1984.   He has served as an adjunct mentor with Truett since the early 1990’s.   He has been married to his wife Brenda since 1973.  She is an elementary teacher with the Clifton ISD.  They have three grown children and five grandchildren. Jerry enjoys a wide variety of interests including gardening,  photography, art, music, sports, and the outdoors. 

  • Steven Payne - Youth Pastor

    Steven has been at FBC since 1999.  He received his BA in Christian Ministries from East Texas Baptist University in 1996 and his MDIV from Truett Seminary in 1999.  He has been married to his wife Lisa since 1999. They have two children, Seth and Jonah.

  • Chris Pillsbury - Music Minister

    Chris Pillsbury joined the staff First Baptist Clifton in August of 2013.  Originally from Amarillo, Texas, Chris received a Bachelor of Music at Abilene Christian University and a dual graduate degree in Divinity and Music at Baylor University.  Shortly after graduating, Chris traveled to Kenya where he spent ten months doing a wide variety of volunteer and missionary work until being called to First Baptist Clifton.  In 2015, Chris married Amber and in September of 2016, they welcomed their first born, Joshua Wade into their lives.  Chris’s passion is seeing the church reach into the local and international community in creative and meaningful ways.

  • Kris Gartman - Secretary

    Kris has served as church secretary since May 2008. Prior to that she served as secretary for First Baptist Church, Meridian. She and her husband, Curtis, live in Meridian and attend FBC Meridian where Kris teaches pre-K and Kindergarten Sunday School and third grade Teamkids on Wednesdays.