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Tobey began serving at FBC in July 2012 as Transitional Pastor following the 40 year tenure of Alvin K. Waller. The church then called Tobey to serve as Pastor at FBC in April 2013.

Tobey is a native of Austin Texas. He and his wife, Cathy (West Point, MS) moved to NOLA in July 1977 to attend New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. They have been serving in local ministry capacities since that time.

Tobey earned a B.A. from Howard Payne University, B.A. (Brownwood TX) plus the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Tobey and Cathy served a 32 year missionary career in New Orleans where they provided outreach to the community of street addicts and homeless men, women, and children downtown and in the French Quarter. They also directed the work of Operation N.O.A.H. Rebuild, the Southern Baptists rebuild of 1000 homes after Hurricane Katrina.

Tobey began serving on the Northshore in 2007 through the Northshore Baptist Association where he served as a Ministry Strategist. Tobey also serves as the Faith-based Liaison for St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center (EOC,) the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and is a volunteer chaplain for the Pearl River Police Department and the St. Tammany Parish Coroner.

Tobey and Cathy Pitman have been residents of Pearl River for 25 years. Their two sons, Andrew and James, are graduates of Pearl River schools as well as LC and LSU. Tobey and Cathy enjoy having their children and 6 grandchildren in the Pearl River community. Tobey enjoys dabbling in the classic car hobby.

Keith Thigpen

Minister of Music

Jamie Polk


Corey Cline

Minister of Education/Discipleship and Students

Corey was called to serve as Minister of Education/Discipleship and Students in June of 2014 at First Baptist Pearl River. An East Texas native, he was born and partially raised in Tyler, Texas.

Corey was called into the ministry his junior year in high school and was blessed with the opportunity to pursue training for that calling at East Texas Baptist University. At ETBU Corey met his bride, Stephanie Cline, and completed a BA in Christian Studies in December of 2012. Following his bride's graduation, they moved to New Orleans to seek higher education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Corey has served as youth intern at a couple churches, as well as youth pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist, and served alongside his bride as co-children's intern. In New Orleans, Corey has become quite active in college ministry at Delgado Community College.

Corey is excited to get to come alongside FBC PR to see the church family grow, and to see God move through the community.

Stephanie Cline

Minister of Children and Students

Stephanie was called to serve as Minister of Children and Students in June of 2014 at First Baptist, Pearl River. She was born and raised in Baytown, Texas.

God called her to children’s ministry as a junior in high school. Following God’s call, she went to East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX and graduated with her BA in Christian Studies May of 2013. While there, she met her husband of two years, Corey Cline. Together, she and Corey moved to New Orleans to further their education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Stephanie will finish in December of 2015 with her MACE.

Since Stephanie’s calling, she has served as Children’s intern at numerous churches. She also has a passion for the human trafficking ministry. While at the Seminary, she actively participates with a human trafficking ministry, ONE, that serves to brothels and clubs on the East side of New Orleans.

Stephanie is excited to serve on the FBC team and looks forward to the many things God will do in the lives of this church.

Marvin Mercado

Iglesia Bautista Buenas Nuevas, Pastor

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