Dr. Keith Felton, Senior Pastor

Keith originally came to First Baptist Church in 1999 as the Minister of Young Adults and Missions.  In 2004, he became the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hamilton, Texas.  In 2016, FBC Frankfort called him to be the Minister of Missions. In June of 2019, Keith accepted the call to be the Senior Pastor of FBC Frankfort.

Keith graduated from Union University, Lexington Theological Seminary and B.H. Carroll Theological Institute.  He was licensed to the ministry as a senior in high school and was ordained to the Gospel ministry by FBC Frankfort in 2001.  He is married to Sharon Kirkpatrick and they have three children, Carter, Dakota and Maya.

“You are invited to participate in the life of the best missional congregation I have ever known.  We desire to be Christ-like in everything we do.  We are genuinely ‘doers’ of the word and not merely ‘hearers.’  From providing basic healthcare to the uninsured through the free Mission Frankfort Clinic, to an entire floor of our building dedicated to a Clothes Closet and Christmas Toy Store, to our Payday Ministry that gets people out of harmful payday loans, to our Soup Kitchen Ministry, to the Emma Quire Mission Center located in Owsley County which is one of the poorest areas in the country, to our partnership with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship missionaries in Morocco as we support their work with refugees and migrants in Oujda.  This is only a small portion of where we try to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a world in need of God’s love.  Come, visit, see us in action and maybe the Lord will lead you to join our team as we seek to be love-carriers to Frankfort, Kentucky and the world.”

Rev. Richard Summers, Associate Pastor of Music and Administration

Richard Summers came to First Baptist Church in June of 2002. He is a native of Paducah, Kentucky and a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Georgetown College. He and his wife, Lois, have two grown children, Stephen (wife, Claudia) and Jenni (husband, Jeremy Shannon) and four grandchildren, Hannah Grace Summers, Crosley Lane Shannon, Asher Keith Shannon and Henry David Shannon.  

He served churches in Dry Ridge, Kentucky and Greenville, Kentucky before coming to Frankfort. Richard enjoys spending time with his family, flying, woodworking, and reading.

Michelle Carroll, Associate Pastor of Missions

Rev. Marcus Pernell, Associate Pastor of Students

Marcus J. Pernell, Minister to Students, received a Master of Divinity with a concentration on pastoral care and counseling from the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky in May 2018.

Along with serving the church, Marcus has served as a Community Living Support (CLS) at Quest Farm, Inc. in Georgetown, KY, since 2016.  As a CLS, he works with two clients that have intellectual and developmental disabilities and help them achieve independence with goals they’ve made.  Marcus describes the position as getting the opportunity to do life with folks and help them work on personal goals.

Rev. Pernell is also a level-1 certified CrossFit trainer and coach. 

Dr. Keith Stillwell, Interim Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation

Jenny Luscher, Interim Associate Pastor of Children

Interim Associate Pastor of Children

Kara Johnson, Director of Communications and Office Manager

Kara Johnson is a native of Somerset, Kentucky, but has called Frankfort home since 1999.  She earned an accounting degree from Western Kentucky University and was formerly a governmental auditor.  Kara began working part-time in the office at First Baptist Church in 2016 and became full-time in 2018.

Kara lives with her husband, Jason, and daughter, Caroline.  She enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, and taking long walks (especially on the beach).