First Marion

Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.

Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. 


Wednesday Nights: Fellowship meal, 5:30 p.m.

                      LifeGroups, 6:30 p.m.

                               Student worship, 6:30 p.m.

                      Team KID, 6:30 p.m.

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Meet Our Staff


Senior Pastor James Nichols


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James Nichols

James Nichols

Stephen Watson

Stephen Watson

Associate Pastor. Stephen is a graduate of The Ouachita Baptist University with a music education degree and from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master's' of Divinity, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Danielle, have two daughters, Hallie and Harper.  With a passion for teaching and equipping believers to be disciples, Stephen has served in New Orleans, Kansas City, Texas and now the Memphis area as he searches the world for great BBQ! In his extra time, you can find Stephen enjoying and providing armchair play-by-play commentary and game management advice for whatever sport is in season.

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Colt Landreth

Associate Pastor for Worship and Marion Arts Center Administrator since June 2014, Colt is a graduate of Williams Baptist College and recently graduated with a  Masters of Church Music from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Toni Rae, have been married for 5 years and have two daughters, Charli Pepper and Penny Lou. He enjoys hunting for the next greatest vinyl for his collection and learning new instruments.

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MINISTER TO PRESCHOOLERS since September 2017, Marissa has been apart of First Marion since elementary school.  Marissa is a recent graduate of The Ouachita Baptist University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Marissa loves the outdoors and a fine cup of coffee.  To keep Marissa happy, bring her something from Starbucks! 

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Mary Watkins

Mary Watkins

Ministry Assistant since January 2004, Mary is married to Mike, her husband of thirty one years, who is the church’s chairperson of Missions and Evangelism. They have two sons, Bradley and Nathan. She takes time to stop and smell the roses as she enjoys camping as well as reading and traveling.  

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Misty White

Misty White

Business Administrator and LifeShapers Director since January 2004, Misty and her husband Daniel have been married for 12 years. They have two daughters: Josie, 10, and Sarah, 8. After moving to Marion in 2005 from Nashville, they joined the First Marion family. Misty has a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Business from Arkansas Tech University and has been at LifeShapers since it opened in August of 2005.

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