Our Staff

Vickie Ellison

Campus Custodian

Patricia Schoonover

Church Manager

Mission & Vision

Reach. Teach. Baptize. Repeat.

We are here to equip each Christ-follower to share her/ his experience with Jesus with family and loved ones first, then friends and business associates, then acquaintances and those God places in our path.

Core Values

We Will Love

Actively embracing and meeting the needs of others.

We Will Demonstrate Faith

Moving forward confidently toward an unknown outcome.

We Will Model Excellence

“Give of your [our} best to the Master” always.

We Will Demonstrate Transparency

No gossip ever.

We Will Show Compassion

Having empathy for situations others find themselves in.

We Will Think Innovation

Thriving through change.

Church History


Providence Baptist Church

Organized in Dunwoody

First Baptist purchased 2.5 acres across Glenridge Drive where the original stone church, educational build and cemetery sit.

Renamed Providence Place, the site became a ministry of First Baptist.


First Baptist Church Sandy Springs

Rev. E.B. Shivers becomes pastor and remains 21 years.

During his tenure, the name of the church is changed to the First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs.


Our Sanctuary Was Built

The present worship center is dedicated.

The sanctuary seats 600. The building includes classrooms, a children’s area, fellowship hall, and offices.


Family Life Center Built

The new facility included classrooms, a gym and a commercial kitchen.

The building was sold in 2013 to Cumberland Academy of Georgia who continue to use it today.


Providence Place Acquired

FBCSS purchased 590 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE from a Methodist Church and renamed it Providence Place. "Providence" was the name originally associated with the church on the property built after an 1876 "brush arbor" revival in the Sandy Springs area.


Archbishop Foley Beach & KIDZ Zone

Archbishop Foley Beach preaches at homecoming 2015

KIDZ Zone launches on Sunday Mornings


Fellowship Meals & Tom Lowry

Fellowship Meals begin one Wednesday night per month

Tom Lowry preaches at Homecoming 2018


New Constitution

New Constitution, Manual of Procedure and Articles of Faith

Homecoming 2019 featuring the Varsity Food Truck


COVID & Pastor Retirement

The Covid-19 pandemic closed FBCSS for six (6) Sundays. However, we faithfully broadcast over the internet each week. We also retained our staff at full pay thanks to the wisdom of the Finance Committee and the generosity of God's people.

After seven years, Rev. David Shivers retired as pastor on May 31. FBCSS Deacon Chair, Mitch Hagins, was affirmed as Interim Pastor on May 24. Previously, Pastor Mitch had been an Associate Pastor in Toccoa Falls, GA. He continued as interim at FBCSS till a permanent pastor was named in 2021.


New Pastor & Providence Place Sale

On September 19, 2021, Mitch Hagins became Senior Pastor. An ordained minister, former associate pastor, and healthcare leader, Rev. Hagins was approved by FBCSS members in voting that concluded September 15, 2021. Joining Pastor Mitch in ministry is his wife, Donna.

Mother's Day 2021 saw two (2) baptisms and a Family Dedication. Homecoming (August 15), A Fall Festival (October 30), A Thanksgiving Potluck Meal (November 17) and A Christ Program (December 5) all made for a great year

In voting that concluded December 29, 2020, members of First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs voted to sell the 590 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE property (aka Providence Place). The church owned the property for approximately seven (7) years. The sale of the property to Misty Creek Community Church closed on November 22, 2021.


Church Plant Support & Training Servant Leaders

In January, First Baptist opened its doors to shelter Elevate City Church, a church plant of Stonecreek Church. Elevate City meets at First Baptist Sunday evenings at 5:00pm. They exist to ELEVATE the name of Jesus in Sandy Springs and surrounding communities. They are a Jesus-church, a Jesus-people, trying to tell everyone the Jesus-story.

In March, Deacons were trained by Rev. Chris Reynolds of the GA Baptist Mission Board. Two new Deacons, Grayland Allen and Dave Ridarick, were ordained by the church. Each will serve a three-year term.

Our Deacon Team

Paul Gilleland
Charlie Hartsfield


David Ridarick

Leadership Team

In December 2019, the church approved a new Constitution and Bylaws, a new Manual of Procedure and new Articles of Faith. 

That approval endorsed formation of a Leadership Team to handle the business of the church between quarterly church conferences.

Harry Angevine

Trustee Representative

Charlie Hartsfield

Deacon Represntative

Paul Jordan

At-Large Member

Joe Kitchel


beverly murphree

At-Large Member

David Ridarick

Deacon Representative

Patricia Schoonover

At-Large Member

Our Servant Team

The new Constitution and Bylaws also supported a pivot from a Deacon Board handling business matters to a Servant Team that would focus on in-reach (ministering to members/ regular attenders) and outreach (emphasis on reaching our community with the gospel). 

harry angevine
Paul Gilleland
Paul Jordan
Jan Nash
Frank Self
eleanor weatherly

Articles of Faith

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. We believe it is the revelation of His will for salvation and the only unfailing rule of faith and practice for the Christian life.

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that these three are co-eternal and of equal dignity and power.

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ; His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit; His virgin birth; His sinless life; His death on the cross; His resurrection; His ascension to the right hand of the Father; and His imminent return.

We believe that we were created by and for God and that we were created in God's image.

We believe that by disobeying God, every person incurs spiritual death, which is separation from God, and physical death as a consequence; and that all people are sinners by nature and practice.

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross and that He was a perfect, atoning sacrifice.

We believe that all who believe in Him are declared righteous because of His sacrificial death and the subsequent grace that follows.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit indwelling all believers, enabling and empowering the life and ministry of the believer.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of everyone who has lived, the everlasting blessedness of those in right relationship with God, and the everlasting punishment of those who have rejected God's forgiveness in His Son.

We believe the Bible teaches that Christ shall come again and that we are to live in an attitude of expectancy.

We believe in the Holy Ordinance of Baptism. It is to be participated in by believers and is a picture of death to sin, burial and resurrection with Him in newness of life.

We believe in the Holy Ordinance of the Lord's Supper. We believe it is to be celebrated as a command of Jesus and that the elements of bread and wine, representing His Body and Blood, are divine symbols of His sacrifice for the souls of humanity.

We believe in the power of prayer and believe that it is a command of Jesus.