Dr. Chip Starnes has served as the senior pastor at First Baptist Church since 2007. Prior to coming to Bay Minette, Chip pastored churches in Mississippi for fifteen years. His passion is to teach and preach the powerful, life changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. Chip holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, a Master of Divinity Degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mississippi College. Chip and his wife Darlene have one daughter, Rebecca and one son and daughter-in-law, Samuel and Lauren. Chip enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hunting and college football.