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BruceQueen20120001_000Rev. Dr. G. Bruce Queen Intentional Interim Minister
Bruce became the Intentional Interim Minister (IIM) at FBC Ashland March 1, 2013 after just completing the transitional ministry at Culpeper Baptist Church. He has also served two churches as an interim minister and one as a transitional pastor.

After twenty-six years of pastoral ministry, in 2005 Bruce began to fulfill a calling, in the making for many years, by being trained as an Intentional Interim Minister by the Center for Congregational Health, Winston Salem, NC.

Bruce was born in Drexel, North Carolina. He received a B.A. from Anderson University, 1977, and an M.Min. from Anderson University School of Theology, 1979. After ten years of ministry Bruce returned to seminary at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville Kentucky where he received a Master of Divinity in Christian Education, in May 1990 and a Doctor of Ministry in May 1993. Bruce’s doctoral project was in developing congregational identity. He has also completed some post graduate work toward a Doctor of Education at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bruce met Marga Thomason at Anderson College and they were married December 16, 1978. Marga is Coordinator of Case Management at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville, Virginia where they live. They have two grown children: a daughter, Marissa and a son, Alex.

Bruce’s hobbies include sailing, golf and building scale models of historic race cars. He is also a volunteer with Ministering to Ministers, a foundation that supports ministers and their spouses who have gone through forced termination.

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fredFrederick D. HornAssociate Pastor for Music and Worship
Fred Horn came to First Baptist, Ashland, in November of 1999. He graduated with a Bachelors of Music Education Degree in Choral Music from Morehead State University. Following a brief two-year career as a public school music teacher, he went on to earn a Masters of Church Music Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he specialized in Preschool and Elementary Music Education along with Children’s Ministry. He holds a post graduate diploma in Worship Studies from the Robert Webber Institute of Worship Studies with an emphasis in Music Therapy in Worship. Fred has served churches in a broad range of capacities including Music, Family, Youth and Children’s Ministries. He has held both full-time and part-time ministry positions since 1983 at churches in Morehead, Worthington and Louisville, KY, along with churches in New Albany, IN, and Harrisonburg, VA.

Fred and his wife, Lisa, are both natives of Ashland, KY. He met her as a result of her parents singing in the Adult Choir at First Baptist, Worthington. They have been married since 1987. Lisa, a senior nursing advisor with a national insurance agency, and Fred have one college-age daughter, Abby.

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barbara_hollowellBarbara HollowellAssociate Pastor of Discipleship Ministries
Barbara Hollowell has been serving at First Baptist Church of Ashland since 2003. She is native of Columbus, MS. Barbara has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Mississippi University for Women and a Master's Degree in Religious Education, specialized in Youth Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Barbara has served churches in Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia.

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Barbara-Massey2Barbara Massey - Minister to Children
Barbara Massey began serving as Minister to Children at First Baptist Church, Ashland, in October 2011. A native of Laurel, MS, she received a BS in Elementary Education from Mississippi College and a Masters Degree in Christian Education with a specialization in early childhood education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.

Barbara has served as Minister to Children at Trinity Baptist Church, San Antonio, TX; children’s consultant at Virginia Baptist Mission Board; Minister to Children at First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS; as the GA editor at Woman’s Missionary Union, Birmingham, AL, and most recently as Minister to Children, River Road Church, Baptist, Richmond, VA.

She is an ordained minister and also a certified pediatric chaplain, having received Clinical Pastoral Education at The Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, AL.

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