Pastor: Dr. Tim Borchert
Dr. Tim Borchert, Senior Pastor, and his wife Phyllis are both 1995 graduates of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, Dr. Borchert recently received a doctorate from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.
A graduate of Georgetown College, KY, Pastor Tim served as the director of the Carroll Youth Center in Wisconsin, where he developed and led QUEST, a summer youth conference for the American Baptist Churches USA. He also served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Tipp City, Ohio, and as Minister of Adult and Family Life at First Baptist Church of Columbus, Indiana.
See Pastor Tim’s blog.
Associate Pastor of Music and Worship: Rev. Tim Bounds
Tim attended Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was born in Knoxville and raised just a few miles from Oak Ridge in Powell. As Minister of Music at First Baptist, he oversees the music ministry, directs the Chancel Choir, Chancel Bells, accompanies and directs the Amazing Grace Chorale, and accompanies and directs the Celebration Singers.
Prior to serving First Baptist, Tim was Associate Minister at Broadway Baptist Church, Knoxville from 1990 until 2006. Before going to seminary in 1986, he served as Minister of Music of First Baptist Church, Dandridge, Tennessee and Interim Minister of Music at Lyon’s Creek Baptist Church and Cumberland Baptist Church, both in Knox County. He also served churches in the Louisville, Kentucky area.
Associate Pastor of Family Life: Rev. Gary Nistler
Gary holds a Master of Divinity degree in Baptist Studies with an emphasis in counseling and military chaplaincy from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. He holds two undergraduate degrees, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English Literature, attending the University of Georgia and Augusta State University. This Spring Rev. Nistler will complete his Chaplaincy training at Fort Jackson’s Army Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership Course.
Prior to coming to First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge, Rev. Nistler was an Associate Pastor working with youth, teens, and young adults at New Hope Christian Fellowship, and Kathwood Baptist Church, both in Columbia, South Carolina.
In addition to his academic training, Rev. Nistler is a Certified TaeKwonDo Trainer and 7th Degree Black Belt with Tiger-Rock Martial Arts International.