Faculty Bio

Rev. Randy Shepley
Randy became the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Newport News, in March of 2015 after seven years as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Tucker, Georgia. Randy received his BA in History and Christianity from Mercer University, his Masters of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and his Doctor of Ministry from the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. Randy is passionate about helping people who are disconnected from God begin or renew their spiritual journey. He values getting followers of Jesus engaged in their neighborhoods and communities through authentic friendship and acts of service. Randy currently serves on the Missions Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and loves participating in the Booster Club of the Menchville High School marching band. He enjoys writing articles and Bible studies, including his book, Sessions with Ezra-Nehemiah, that was published in the spring of 2016. Randy is married to Alice, a Spanish teacher at Menchville High School, and is the proud parent of James, Samuel, and Elizabeth. Randy enjoys reading, working out, college football, family vacations, grilling pretty much anything, good sweet tea, and engaging conversations.