First Kids Ministry

Equipping families to know, love, and serve Jesus.

First Baptist Tuscaloosa is devoted to partnering with parents and families to help build strong spiritual foundations for each of the children in our ministry and in our community in a fun, encouraging, and safe atmosphere.

David Jennings

David Jennings is our Children’s Pastor. David joined FBCT as Children’s Pastor in 2018. Prior, David served kids and families at First Baptist Baton Rouge. He also previously worked at Group Publishing, where he aided in the development of Children’s level curriculum. In his free time, you may find him playing one of his 160+ board games he has, or trying out a new escape room. He once rode an elephant. David and his team are here for your family! You can reach him at

Emilee Manning

Emilee Manning is our associate Children’s Minister. Emilee joined FBCT as associate Children’s Minister in 2020. Prior, Emilee served kids and families at Shiloh Baptist Church. She has also previously worked in the schools teaching kids. Emilee served at Centrikid Camps for 3 years. One big interest she has is Disney. She loves Disney so much that she named her dog Belle. If you would like to know more, you can reach her at

Sandy Howell

Sandy Howell is our Ministry Assistant. Sandy joined FBCT as Ministry Assistant in 2001. She is a part of Christmas Chicks where she decorates homes for the holiday season. She also has many family recipes including mashed potato donuts. If you would like to know more, you can reach her at

Weekly Activities

As a safety/security measure, First Baptist Church uses a computerized check-in system for children. Parents are given a security badge to show to leaders in order to pick-up their child. We value to safety of our families.

Sunday Mornings

We provide WorshipCare for children birth – PreK during both worship hours (8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.), and Life Groups for all ages at 9:45 a.m. At the 11:00 hour in addition to WorshipCare, we have Kids Praise, which is a children’s worship time for Kindergarten – 3rd graders.

Sunday Nights

We often have activities during the year for children on Sunday nights, 5:00-7:00pm. We have a preschool group that does Bible activities for birth - Kindergarten. We also have Bible Drills from 5:30-7:00pm for 1st - 5th grade.

Wednesday Nights

On Wednesday nights, we serve a church-wide meal from 4:45-5:45pm in our Fellowship Hall. Music and Missions (for kids birth-5th grade) is in the family building from 5:45 - 7:30pm.