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Martin resigns as FBC minister

Last Sunday, First Baptist Concord announced the resignation of Phillip Martin, FBC teaching pastor and the main pastor at the church’s WestLake campus.

Accord-ing to FBC communications coordinator Tiffany Roy, Martin resigned last Friday.

“Phillip Martin resigned as teaching pastor of First Baptist Concord, effective April 9, 2010, per his resignation letter read to the Kingston Pike and WestLake campuses on April 11, 2010,” she said in an e-mail.

Although farragutpress requested a copy of the resignation letter, one was not sent before press deadline.

Martin’s photograph and contact information have been removed from First Baptist’s Web site,

Martin joined First Baptist Concord in 2005 and began leading services at WestLake in 2008, after the two churches merged. He also was a farragutpress columnist in 2006.

“I came here as minister to young married adults and college students. About a year after that, I was just minister to young married adults,” Martin said in a 2008 interview with farragutpress about the merger of FBC and WestLake.

“So I began to speak more on [the Kingston Pike] campus and then about a year, year-and-a-half-ago, my role transitioned again to the teaching pastor … I speak when Dr. Sager’s not here [and] the majority of Sunday nights,” he added.

Martin is married to Mandy Jackson Martin, with triplet sons Malachi, Mason and Maverick and a daughter, Mihala. An East Tennessee native, he graduated from Carson-Newman College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

According to brief biographical information provided on an FBC podcast page, Martin’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”


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