The Music and Worship Ministry at First Baptist offers a variety of choirs and ensembles for all ages.

For more information on these groups, please click on a link below or contact Keith Reaves at

Adult (Sanctuary) Choir

Rehearses Wednesdays
6:45 p.m. from August-May
Summer rehearsals are at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays

Youth (Chapel) Choir

(7th though 12th grades)

Rehearses Sundays
Noon, immediately following worship.

Children's Choir

(age 3 through 6th grade)

Rehearse Wednesdays
6:00 p.m. during the school year


Rehearse Mondays
5:15 p.m. from September-May

“The Music of First Baptist”

The Music Ministry of First Baptist Church participated in a professional recording session, out of which came the CD “The Music of First Baptist.” The CD highlights the Sanctuary Choir, with other music by the Chapel Choir, Children’s’ Choirs, Joyful Noise, First Baptist Ringers and instrumentalists. The CD is available for purchase for $10. Contact Keith Reaves to place an order or for more information.

Adult Choir

The Sanctuary Choir is under the direction of Rev. Keith A. Reaves, Minster of Worship/Music at First Baptist since 1999. The 75-member choir sings for worship each week and presents seasonal and special programs throughout the year, including “Christmas at First Baptist” and an annual Maundy Thursday service.

The choir is accompanied by Joan Hill, organ, and Beverly Harris, piano.

Our Reuter pipe organ was originally installed in 1958 with a complete renovation in 2000. The organ has about 65 ranks and nearly 3000 pipes.


In 2013 the choir sang in concert with a full orchestra at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. In 2008 the choir accepted an invitation as the only church choir to sing for the New Baptist Covenant Meeting in Atlanta and in 2006 the choir accepted an invitation to participate in the International Church Music Festival in Chester, England.

Membership in the choir is open to anyone college-age and older. For more information, contact Keith at

The choir rehearses Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m.

Youth Choir

The youth Choir meets on Sundays immediately following worship in the Choir Suite.  The choir performs a variety of music, having presented Moravian Lovefeasts, an Anglican Evensong, a Jazz Vespers service, a Taize Service and more. They pride themselves on their flexability and openness to all styles of music. This choir has performed on several choir tours, including singing at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and on a mission trip to Puerto Rico.

Please contact Keith Reaves at for more information.

Children’s Choir

First Baptist has a complete graded choir program. Diane Lumpkin, Karen Foss and Janice Dismuke direct our Preschool choir for three and four year olds. Kay Bratton, a Kindermusic specialist and teacher at Berry Elementary, directs our Music Makers choir for children in Kindergarten and First Grade. They sing regularly on Wednesday nights and other special occasions. Keith Reaves, Minister of Worship/Music directs the Children’s Choir for children in second through sixth grades. They sing regularly on Sunday mornings and present special programs throughout the year, including “Christmas at First Baptist” with a full orchestra. For more information on any of these choirs, please contact Keith at

Rehearse Wednesdays, 5:45 pm

First Baptist Ringers

The First Baptist Ringers ring five octaves of White Chapel Bells. They perform regularly for worship and special services. They rehearse from September through May. For more information on this group, contact Keith at

Rehearse Mondays, 5:15 p.m.