Minister of Music
Rev. Jeremy Poplin has served as the Minister of Music at CFBC since 2012. His passion is leading our church in worship utilizing the best of the best music possible-whether it's high liturgical, classical, traditional hymns, contemporary praise and worship, or anything in between-and educating the congregation on what it means to worship God. He believes that music should be done to the glory of God and only be music of the highest caliber performed with musical and creative excellence.
In addition to overseeing the worship services at First Baptist he conducts the Sanctuary Choir, Orchestra, Youth Choir, Handbell Choir, and Women’s Ensemble. In addition to his ministry at CFBC, Jeremy is an active conductor, composer, arranger, and orchestrator. His musical “We Are Free” has just been published by Worship House Music and the recording of the musical was recently recorded and released by the Clemmons First Baptist Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra. His Christmas musical “God Made Low” was premiered and recorded in December 2015; some of the arrangements from it will be published by Sovereign Grace Music. His choral collection “Sing the Wondrous Story” was premiered and recorded at Clemmons First Baptist on April 10, 2016 and will be published by Worship House Music. He has also lead workshops on worship and worship planning for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of NC. He is also the accompanist for the West Forsyth High School Choral Department.
Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory and Composition with a minor in Jazz Piano and Conducting from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy and a Master of Music in Church Music from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. He has sung and performed for revivals in TX and VA as well as concerts with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Winston-Salem Symphony, The Piedmont Wind Symphony and the Kings of Swing Jazz Orchestra. He currently lives in Lexington with his wife Holly of 12 years, their two dogs Lady and Lacey and a cat named Dolly Purrton. He enjoys cooking, gardening, fishing, and golf.
Minister of Youth
Rev. Justin Hernandez
Associate Minister of Music
Rev. Justin Hernandez has been the Youth Minister at Clemmons FBC since April 2013. Justin has a passion for teenagers and felt the specific call to youth ministry while in college. His philosophy of ministry is (1) teaching teens how to walk with the Lord even beyond graduating high school, (2) adhering to Luke 2:52 by equipping teens to increase in wisdom, stature and favor among God and people on a daily basis, and (3) harboring a youth ministry at CFBC that outlasts him. His favorite Bible verses are Proverbs 3:5-6 and 1 Corinthians 10:31.
Justin spent his formative years in St. Louis, MO before moving to High Point, NC in the year 2000. Justin received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and then went on to receive his Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While in college and seminary, Justin spent his summers as a bible study leader, recreation director, and head director for Lifeway's Centrifuge Camps. Justin also spent one summer as a traveling sports missionary.
Justin is currently a member of the Pilot Mountain Baptist Association's Youth Response Team which helps connect PMBA youth groups and plans various youth group activities. Justin also has been a guest speaker for FCA meetings and Disciple Now weekends.
Justin has a love for sports and is currently the Varsity Soccer Assistant Coach at West Forsyth High School. Along with watching, playing and coaching sports, Justin also enjoys watching movies, playing board games and traveling. He also enjoys spending time with his two dogs, Daisy & Belle.
Nancy Clevenger is the director of our weekday preschool. “Miss Nancy” has been the director now for over twenty years and previously taught in the four year class where she absolutely fell in love with preschool age children. She truly feels that God has called her to serve in this ministry of our church.
Nancy and her husband Jerry have three grown sons and most importantly are grandparents to Vera Lucille Clevenger who was born in March of 2016. They are both involved in the ministries of CFBC and Nancy especially looks forward to teaching preschool Sunday School each Sunday morning.
Miss Nancy feels extremely blessed to be able to serve in the preschool at Clemmons First Baptist Church. Working with beautiful children of God and their families in addition to working with amazing Christian teachers is a joy!
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:4
Holly Poplin serves First Baptist Church as our Associate Minister of Music. She currently leads the music during the worship service, directs the Children's Choir, Joyful Noise Choir (outreach choir to our nursing homes and Homebound Ministry), and is the assistant conductor of the Sanctuary Choir. Mrs. Poplin received her Bachelor's degree in Music from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA and her Master of Music degree from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. In addition to her duties at First Baptist she is an active performer and singer (operatic soprano). She has sung with the Fort Worth Symphony orchestra and with the Kings of Swing Jazz Orchestra, and regularly performs special concerts at First Baptist Church. She is married to our Minister of Music, Jeremy Poplin.
Karen has worked in the office at Clemmons First Baptist since 2007. She works to achieve optimum office productivity and efficiency to support the business and activities of the church.
Karen has lived in Clemmons for 12 years. She and her husband, Paul, are avid tennis fans. They also enjoy watching football at North Davidson High School and the Carolina Panthers.
Karen is the proud mother of three children, Rebecca (husband Ian), Martha (husband Josh), and Carter.
1 Corinthians 14:40 instructs that “all things should be done decently and in order.” As financial secretary, Ruth is accountable to the congregation, pastor, church Treasurer and the Finance Committee to rightly handle funds that come into the church treasury, as well as maintain accurate financial records. She has been happily employed at Clemmons First Baptist Church since May 2012.
Ruth and her husband of 32 years, Randy, live in Mocksville. Their family includes a daughter, Quinn, and husband Clint, second daughter, Mica, and husband, Patrick. Ruth’s favorite things are her relationship with the Lord, her family, books, movies, and her dog, Max.
Norman started work at Clemmons First Baptist Church in October 2015. He handles Maintenance/Custodial issues that develop here at the Church. Before coming to Clemmons he was a Custodian for 3 years and a Head Custodian for 3 years at an Elementary School in Davidson County. He spent 19 years as a Maintenance Tech for a manufacturing plant in High Point before it closed in 2008. Norman and his wife, Shannon, have 4 kids. He enjoys cooking, grilling and collecting Cigars.