Bro. Russ is a native of Princeton, Kentucky. The father of two children, he is married to the love of his life, Karen, who he claims is the most kind-hearted person he knows. He pursued his preparation for ministry at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. The longest serving pastor at First Southern, he loves working with a congregation that loves people and believes the Bible.

Historically, First Southern has been involved in planting several churches. Brother Russ hopes to build on that heritage by increasing engagement in global missions. Most simply, he seeks to preach and teach God’s word faithfully, share the love of God in Christ with all, love the people and to help lead the church to fulfill the mission God has given us.

Minister of Music and Administration

Bro. John joined the First Southern staff in March 2002. He is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University (BA Music Ed.), Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Church Music). He and his wife, Diana are blessed with 6 children, 1 daughter-in-law, and 1 grandchild.

Originally from Arkansas, John served churches in Arkansas and Tennessee before moving to Southern Indiana. His involvement in music ministry began with singing in the preschool, children and youth choirs at his home church in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve God’s people at First Southern.

Minister to Youth

Tyler Kirkpatrick

Tyler Kirkpatrick

Tyler joined the staff at First Southern Baptist Church in October 2015. Before coming to FSBC, he was involved in several youth ministries, taught and discipled youth consistently since his college days, and filled the pulpit in many churches throughout Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.


Tyler is a veteran of the United States Army Military Police Corp and served a combat deployment in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. During this time, God led Tyler to his lifelong companion, Chelsi. He and Chelsi have been happily married for three years and have two children, Max and Calvin. Together they love being outdoors and enjoying one another’s company.


Tyler’s education includes a bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University in Pastoral Studies and Greek, and he is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Administrative Assistant

Born in Oakley, Kansas, Tina has lived in the Clarksville/Jeffersonville area since she was 6 yrs old. She has been working at FSBC since 2002. Her work behind the scenes keeps First Southern organized and running smoothly.

Of working at FSBC, she says, “I can’t think of a better place to be working than the house of the Lord. My family and friends are here, and everyone treats everyone like family. I grew up here and I know that I can count on and depend on those here in this church.”