Our Staff

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Dr. Keith Felton

Senior Pastor

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Dr. Felton originally came to First Baptist Church in 1999 as the Minister of Young Adults and Missions.  He became the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Hamilton, Texas, in 2004 but returned to FBC Frankfort in 2016 as the Minister of Missions.  In June 2019, Keith accepted the call to serve as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, 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 First Baptist Church Frankfort in 2001.  He is married to Sharon Kirkpatrick, and they have three children, Carter, Dakota, and Maya.

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Michelle Carroll

Associate Pastor of Missions

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Michelle joined the staff at First Baptist Church in July 2020.  She received a Master of Divinity from The McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, in December 2018.  She focused her studies on missions, community development and transformation, and Christian social enterprise.  Michelle has previously served churches and non-profits in Georgia, Tennessee, and Indiana.

Michelle enjoys stories in all their forms—books, television, and movies.  She tries to garden and is passionate about environmental stewardship and advocacy.

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Rev. Richard Summers

Associate Pastor of Music and Administration

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Richard Summers came to First Baptist Church in June 2002. He is a native of Paducah, Kentucky, and a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Georgetown College. Richard served churches in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, and Greenville, Kentucky, before coming to Frankfort.

Richard and his wife, Lois, have two grown children, Stephen (and Claudia) and Jenni (and Jeremy Shannon) and four grandchildren, Hannah Grace Summers, Crosley Lane Shannon, Asher Keith Shannon, and Henry David Shannon.  Richard enjoys spending time with his family, flying, woodworking, and reading.

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Rev. Amanda Standiford

Associate Pastor of Children and Spiritual Formation

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Amanda joined First Baptist’s staff in August 2020.  She is originally from Crestwood, Kentucky, and is a graduate of Murray State University.  She earned her Master of Divinity degree from the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky in 2014.  While in seminary, Amanda served as a children’s ministry intern at FBC.  Since then, she has also ministered in Danville, Kentucky.

Amanda is married to Adam and they have an adorable dog, Gavin.  She enjoys making art, reading, and time spent with family and friends.

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Rev. Marcus Pernell

Associate Pastor of Students

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Marcus joined the staff and was ordained at First Baptist Church in 2019.  He received a Master of Divinity with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling from the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky in May 2018.  

In addition to serving the church, Marcus serves as a Community Living Support (CLS) at Quest Farm, Inc. in Georgetown, Kentucky, since 2016.  As a CLS, he works with clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities and helps them achieve independence with self-set goals.  Rev. Pernell is also a level-1 certified CrossFit trainer and coach. 

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Amy Carpenter

Office Manager

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Amy Carpenter grew up in Lexington, Kentucky.  She graduated from the University of Kentucky, studying secondary education and political science.  Since graduation, Amy has pursued a profession of serving others through the work of several great nonprofit organizations across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Amy joined the staff of First Baptist Church in 2021.

When not working, Amy enjoys creative pursuits, walking, planning trips to Disney, trying desperately to keep the plants in her garden alive, and spending time with her family.  Amy is married to David; they are the proud parents of their son, Nathan, and the proud pet parents of their dog, Fitzsimmons, and cat, Shadow.

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Kara Johnson

Director of Communications

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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 at FBC in 2016 in the office.  In 2021, she moved into the role of Director of Communications.

Kara and her husband, Jason, have one daughter, Caroline, and a Labrador furbaby, Sadie.  She enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, and taking long walks (especially on the beach).