Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Clint Landry

Senior Pastor

In September 2021, Clint Landry returned to our staff as Senior Pastor. From 2006 2010, Clint served as our Minister to Students and after a decade serving in the pastorate at three other churches, the Lord has brought him back to lead during this season in the life of our church. Clint is committed to lead churches through expository preaching and strategic engagement in disciple-making ministries.
 
Clint and his wife Suzanne were both raised in South Mobile County, Alabama. Suzanne is a special education teacher at Wetumpka Elementary. They have three children, Maggie, Joseph, and Amelia, who are currently in school at Wetumpka High and Wetumpka Middle. The Landrys love our city and are happy to call it home!
 
Clint has served a total of six churches in South, Central, and North Alabama. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mobile and earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
 
Most weekends you can find the Landrys at a local ball field supporting their children, but they also love to travel. Clint loves a good trip to see the beauty of God’s creation in our national parks, while the whole family can’t wait for the next opportunity to go to Disney World or another theme park. 

Rev. Bart Teel

Associate Pastor

After serving as a lay ministry leader for many years, Bart Teel joined the FBCW ministerial team in January of 2011 to serve full time as Minister to Students and Coordinator of Evangelism and Outreach Ministries.  After serving four years in that role, the church expanded Bart’s leadership role to that of Associate Pastor in January of 2015, and he continues in that role today, working alongside our pastor to help cast a clear vision for ministry for our church family and to help equip our members to grow in their faith and serve as leaders in ministry.  Throughout each ministry week, Bart is engaged in leading, teaching, and discipling in a wide variety of age group ministries, from younger school-aged kids to high school athletes to young adult couples to FBCW Men.

Bart and his wife, Denise, are both graduates of Wetumpka High School as well as Samford University.  Bart also has postgraduate degrees and professional leadership certifications from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Auburn University in Montgomery, and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  Denise is active in ministry at FBCW, serving in ministry to children, to young mothers, and as a member of the adult worship choir.  The Teels have been blessed with four children.  Their oldest daughter and son-in-law, Tori (Teel) & Tanner Harris (and grandson, Brody!) live and work in Birmingham, AL.  Their second-born daughter, Karen, is a professional educator in Germantown, TN, just outside Memphis.  Their third-born and oldest son, Sam, lives and works in Denver, CO, in public accounting, and their youngest son, Jay, is a junior at Auburn University.  The Teel family has been a part of the FBCW family since 1993.

Bart’s hobbies include distance running and serving as P. A. announcer for Wetumpka High Football.  On any given weekend you are most likely to find the Teels working around the house, reading, running, enjoying local youth sports events, enjoying local lakes and trails, or traveling to visit with their young adult kids.

Reuben Phelps

Minister of Worship

Reuben Phelps joined the ministry at First Baptist in July 2019 after leading worship twenty years at Southridge Baptist in Jefferson City Missouri and eight years in Neosho Missouri in Student ministry and teaching music classes at the college there.  Ronnie as served for the past ten years as the Aquatic Director at the local YMCA, training lifeguards and all the scheduling involved in managing two pools.
 
Reuben and Ronnie are graduates of Averett University in Danville Virginia where they met in student ministry. Reuben and Ronnie have two adult children. Benjamin will graduate from Truman State University in the near future and has just acquired employment with the Post Office.  Sarah, his younger sister, will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers seeking a Public Health Degree.
 
Ronnie and I are excited about what God has in store not only for First Baptist, but reaching out to the surrounding community to help more know, live and share the love of Christ.

Cathy Sanford

Preschool Minister

First Baptist Preschool Ministry is led by Mrs. Cathy Sanford. She is the director of our Child Development Center. She is committed to the loving care and safety of our preschoolers. Cathy has lived in Wetumpka and been an active member of the FBC family since 1972, when she married Ed. Their two boys were “trained up in the way of the Lord” here at First Baptist Wetumpka. They both live in Wetumpka. She now enjoys partnering with them in training six grandchildren. Cathy looks forward to getting to know your family and invites you to join them on Sunday for worship if you do not have a church home. 

Alex Cofield

Minister of Students

Deborah Williford

Ministry Assistant

Dawn Floyd

Financial Ministries Assistant

Holly Drew

Custodian