Senior Pastor

Jess and Dru Dilley

Thanks for visiting us! We hope this site provides a small snap-shot of who we are, and what we are about as a Church. I have had the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor since July of 2019. Dru and I spent the past 10 years serving in student ministry and running an after school program.  We never would have dreamed that God would call us to our home counties to do ministry.

I am originally from Forest, MS, and my wife, Dru, is from Decatur, MS. We have a daughter, Gracie, who will be turning two years old soon. We believe that God has truly brought us back home to minister in our home counties. Our home is literally on the Scott/Newton county line. God has given me a passion for preaching His Word and for equipping people to be ministers of the Gospel. I place a high emphasis on Christ-centered marriages and families, which I believe will help us to be a healthy church.  We desire for First Baptist Church Lake to be a community church, whose doors are open to everyone. We also strive to have a global approach in our efforts to fulfill the great commission. Our church supports missionaries and takes short term trips to share the Gospel with different people groups. 

In my time as pastor here I have found the people to be very genuine in their faith with a hunger to learn and grow in their walk with Christ. We would love to have you visit with us and I’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have. 


Worship Leader

Jeremy and Alissa Gibbs


Jeremy Gibbs has worked in worship ministry since 2002 and has served at First Lake since 2018. Passionate about leading others to know Christ and to experience His love and faithfulness, Jeremy leads the First Lake Worship Band, directs the First Lake Choir, and serves with various ministries in the church.

Both Jeremy and his wife, Alissa, are natives of nearby Morton, Mississippi, and both work in the Scott County School District. They live in Forest, Mississippi with their nine children. Their mission is to strive to lead others to know Christ and to pour into the next generation. 


Student pastor

Jesse Vaughn

Jesse is 26 years old and has been in ministry for 8 years now, with the past two years being in student ministry. He has a passion for helping students grow in their faith as they walk through some of the most challenging times of their lives. Jesse was led by a great student pastor, and understand the importance of having a fun, energetic, and caring Student Pastor. In his time at First Lake, he has learned that students need someone they can be themselves around, but also have someone that they can turn to in any situation, to receive Godly guidance and love. Jesse strives daily to be that person for our students.


ministry assistant

Briana McCarty

Briana serves as our ministry assistant and financial secretary. Her husband Lee serves  as a Deacon in our church, and they are very active in their community.