First Baptist Church Fairview has a new, but familiar, face leading the congregation with Dr. DeWayne Goodgine appointed as pastor. Goodgine is actually from Fairview!
“I am a hometown kid who played football, basketball and soccer for many years in Fairview. It is simply a joy to watch my daughter in the Fairview High Band and our son eager to play sports in the town in which his dad played for several years,” said Goodgine.
He continued, “I have been gone for 20 years from Fairview in the ministry, and always hoped at some point that I could return.”
It’s also great to be close to family. His parents are Mike and Betty Goodgine, and his sister is Kim Arceneaux, married to Brian Arceneau.
After high school, Goodgine completed his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee in 2001. He traveled north to Louisville, Kentucky to complete his Master of Divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005. More recently, he obtained his Doctor of Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2019 with a focus on Evangelistic Church Growth and Leadership.
He married Tesha Goodgine, originally from Dickson, in July 2001, and they have two children, Madilyn, a sophomore at Fairview High, and Grayson, a third grader at Fairview Elementary.
During his 20 years in the ministry, Goodgine has enjoyed serving at Lakeview Baptist in Selmer, Tennessee, First Baptist Church Bolivar, Tennessee, First Baptist Dyer, Tennessee, and Lewisport Baptist Church in Lewisport, Kentucky.
Now, he has come full circle and returned to his hometown after what he described as “God’s providential working, the entire process of arriving at FBC was smooth.”
When Dr. Bill Sherman retired from First Baptist in 2020, the church began the search for a new pastor. Goodgine was among the short list of candidates.
“The Lord worked in a mighty way as far as details of the calling. The committee reached out to us, and we had wonderful conversations for several months. When my family and I came to visit the church, we could tell that the Lord was in this calling to return to Fairview,” shared Goodgine.
He added, “It has been so refreshing to reunite with people I went to school with as a child and families I knew through the years.”
Now, Goodgine is focused on giving his congregation what they need. “People need the Gospel. I hope to ignite a passion in the church to love God, grow in Christ, serve our community, and make disciples to the ends of the earth,” said Goodgine.
Recognizing that Fairview is a growing city with many people moving here, Goodgine said, “My vision is for the church to love God through authentic passionate worship and grow in Him. I envision a strong emphasis on community groups in our city where church members open up their homes, meet in their backyard or at the local park to invest and do life with others….We must go deeper as the body of Christ.”
He is also passionate about Family Discipleship with a heavy emphasis on healthy homes to equip parents to disciple their children in the Word of God.
With a passion for mission work, Goodgine wants the mission work to begin at home. “We want Fairview to know we love all people and are ready to serve and meet needs in the community,” he stated.
Goodgine has already introduced some new ministry teams.
• First Impressions Team- this team consist of many of our families welcoming people every week for worship and small groups. This team also helps with our new welcome table with helpful information for our guests.
• Impact Team- This team focuses on writing letters, touch base via social media, following up with guests, and sharing the gospel with others. We currently have 2 impact teams.
• Prayer Ministry- we are expanding our prayer ministry to include a specific time every Sunday before worship in our prayer garden. We also have ideas which will enhance this ministry in the days to come.
“We are currently in the process of creating a ministry model which includes some administrative committees and many ministry teams for our church,” said Goodgine.
During their free time, Goodgine said he and his wife enjoy antique shopping, reading, walking and he simply loves sports, in particular Tennessee football. “We hope to attend some games this year, Vols and Titans,” said Goodgine, who also loves coaching soccer and football for Grayson’s teams.
Goodgine hopes to see more familiar faces as the church plans to host special events in the coming weeks and months.
There will be a Week of Renewal with Dr. Bob Hammer at First Baptist Church Fairview October 17 – 20.
The community is also invited to join the First Baptist Church Picnic on Sunday, October 24 at 12:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and favorite picnic dish to share. The church will provide bottled and canned drinks.
FBC Service times are as follows:
Sunday School: 9 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Adult Choir Rehearsal: 5 p.m.
Preschool Classes (Birth-K): 6:30 p.m.
Prayer Meeting: 6:30 p.m.
Youth Group (7th-12th): 6:30 p.m.
RAs & GAs (1st-6th): 6:30 p.m.
Adult Classes: 6:30 p.m.