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Dr. Chris Headley

Minister of Worship/Music

Chris joined our staff in February of 2010. A native of Ohio, Chris attended the University of Richmond and received a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies, a specialized multidisciplinary Business Degree focused on nonprofit organizations. He met his wife, Kristel, while attending Richmond. Following college, Chris studied for the MDiv. in Church Music at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, Chris has an MA in Worship Studies from Liberty University and is a candidate for the Doctorate of Worship Studies (ABD) at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.

Chris has responsibility at First Baptist for all of the music and worship ministries of the church including all age-graded vocal choirs, age-graded bell choirs, Adult Choir, orchestra, and ensemble groups. In addition to his responsibilities at First Baptist, Chris is the current President of the Tennessee Baptist Church Music Conference and regularly sings with the Tennessee Men’s Chorale.

Chris and his wife, Dr. Kristel Headley, have one son, Micah, who is 20 and a seven year old daughter, Ellie. Kristel is a professor at Johnson University, teaching Counselor Education and Supervision. As a family, the Headleys enjoy traveling (when they’re not completely consumed with schoolwork), music and the arts, sports, and just being together.