Church Staff



Dr. David Phillips, Pastor

Almost 20 years ago, I began my life in ministry as a youth intern at First Baptist Church of Black Mountain.  As a South Carolina native, the mountains seemed like heaven to me.  After completing my education at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, I followed God’s leading and returned to the beautiful state of North Carolina which has been home to my family ever since. 

My ministry continued as a youth minister in the east, in the town of Roanoke Rapids.  During that time, I wed my wife, Missy, and we continued to serve the Lord together.  After several years, I knew that God was leading me to the pastorate and I became the pastor of First Baptist Church of Enfield, North Carolina.  This wonderful church has a rich heritage among North Carolina Baptists.  During our time there, our two daughters (Kate and Anna Grace) were born and our ministry grew.


While I loved the flat land, warm spirit, and fantastic barbeque of the eastern part of our state, God was working on a new opportunity.  In December of 2003, I became the pastor of First Baptist Church of Rockingham, NC.  As pastor there we grew a vibrant children’s ministry and the church grew in number and ministry to the community. 

From the pines of the Sandhills to the majestic hemlocks of the mountains of North Carolina, God has now brought my family and me full circle.  We are so excited and proud to be a part of First Baptist Church of Clyde.  This congregation is energized about service and being a family in Christ.  We have a growing ministry to youth and children, a music ministry, engaging Sunday School, an active Baptist Men’s group, outreach program, and preschool.


If you are looking for a place to explore your faith with other believers and serve your God and your community, I have just the place for you.  I encourage you to look at our website and to join us on Sunday morning for worship.  We meet at 9:45 for Bible study and have worship at 11 AM.  I will look forward to meeting you and ministering to you and with you at First Baptist of Clyde!


Grace and Peace to You,

Dr. T. David Phillips 

Byron Burnette, Youth Ministry Coordinator

Hello, first of all let me welcome you to First Baptist Church of Clyde where we are striving to "Bring Christ's Love to Life". 

I am 24 years old and a recent graduate of Western Carolina University. My hobbies include reading, hunting, fishing, playing golf, just about anything to do with sports, listening to music, playing guitar and worshiping our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

We welcome anyone who desires to worship Christ to join us during any of our many weekly opportunities.

We would love to have you join us any time.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Byron Burnette
Student Ministries Coordinator
First Baptist Church of Clyde
(828) 712 7479

"Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12 ESV

Shelia Berry, Secretary

I enjoy God's ministry through me at FBC of Clyde. God has blessed me with 1 daughter and son-in-law, two sons, and 2 precious granddaughters. I enjoy reading (the Bible is my favorite); writing- nonfiction, journaling, devotionals; walking; and spending time with my family and friends. 

Jennifer Plemmons, Church Keeper

Jennifer’s sweet spirit, willing attitude, and industrious work ethics have already blessed our hearts. She began her duty as church keeper January 19 following the retirement of Barbara Bradley. .Jennifer is married to Jeff Plemmons; they have two children, Courtney and Frank. Some of Jennifer’s hobbies include scrap-booking, canning, and serving the church choir at Liberty Baptist church. Jennifer, it is with much joy that we welcome you! God bless you as you serve Him here.

Jennifer’s favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.


  Alice Neal Burch,


Penny Robinson, Pianist