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

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

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

Tobey and Cathy served a missionary career of 32 years 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 through the Brantley Baptist Center. They planted a church in downtown called Second Chance Fellowship which met spiritual needs of those on the streets. They also directed the work of Operation N.O.A.H. Rebuild in which Southern Baptists rebuilt 1000 homes after Hurricane Katrina.

Tobey was seconded by the North American Mission Board to the Northshore in 2007 where he began serving the Northshore Baptist Association as a Ministry Strategist until October 2017.

Tobey also serves as the volunteer chaplain for the local police department as well as an on-call chaplain of the St. Tammany Parish Coroner. He has also served as the Faith-based Liaison for the St. Tammany Parish Emergency Operations Center (EOC,) the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

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

Ministry Assistant

Marvin Mercado

Iglesia Bautista Agua Viva, Pastor

Keith Beck

Family Minister

Keith is a native of Georgia and has been married for 16 years to his wife Dawne for 14 years. They have three children. Keith is a graduate of Liberty University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Keith has a commitment to service in and with organizations that educate, assist, and inspire others. He has a passion for discipleship, biblical literacy, and world missions. His life verse is Philippians 1:6, which says, “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

Keith began serving FBC in December 2019. His primary areas of ministry include Students, Children, and Christian Education.

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