Dr. Jerry Cloninger


The Lord called our family to First Baptist Church in July, 2008. I am married to DeAnna and we have three daughters, Emma, Mackenzie and Sarah.  I grew up in Gastonia, NC and DeAnna grew up in Mocksville, NC.

My passion in ministry is serving people and living in and living out the Word. I love to study the Bible to revel in its Truth, to glean new ideas and to learn new concepts from familiar Scripture texts. The Bible remains fresh and new for me at every turn.

I have attended North Carolina State University and earned my undergraduate in Biblical Studies from Gardner- Webb University. I received my Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY in 1987. I completed my doctorate at Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 2002.

I enjoy learning, splitting wood, football, baseball and reading. My favorite movies are Sandal epics (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Gladiator, etc.), 12 Angry Men and It's A Wonderful Life.

One of my favorite verses is Romans 5:8.