Ministerial Staff

Jonathan Barlow

Dr. Jonathan Barlow
Senior Pastor

A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Jonathan is a graduate of Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. In 2007, he graduated from McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia with a Master of Divinity. In 2019, he earned his Doctorate in Ministry from Duke University. His experience includes servings as Youth Ministry and a Pastoral Residency at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia and Pastor of Royston Baptist Church in Royston, Georgia before he joined First Baptist Dalton in 2017.

Jonathan’s wife, Susan, teaches 2nd grade at Brookwood Elementary School in Dalton, GA. They have three young sons Peyton, Nolan, and Boston.

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Phillip Cannon

Phillip Cannon
Executive Pastor

A native of Albany, GA, Phillip is a graduate of Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia. In 1983, he graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky with a Master of Divinity in Religious Education. His experience includes Minister of Education in Tuscumbia, Alabama before he joined First Baptist Dalton in 1986. Phillip has continued to accept increasing responsibilities at F.B.C.D. including serving as Executive Director of First Foundation, Inc.

Phillip's wife, Patti, is a graduate of Shorter College. Patti also serves on our staff as Music Associate/Church Pianist. Phillip and Patti have three children, Caroline, Rebekah and Chandler. They also have three grandchildren, Gabe, Harper, and Brodie.

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Susan Deal

Susan Deal
Minister of Music and Worship

A native of Texas, Susan grew up in Alabama. She is a graduate of Samford University with a Bachelor of Music Education and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where she earned a Master of Music Degree in Church Music, with a concentration in conducting. Susan has served churches in Virginia and Florida. She joined First Baptist in 2011.

Susan's husband, Tommy, is a hospice chaplain with Hamilton Health Care Home Division. They have two grown sons. Ragan is pursuing an elementary education degree at East Carolina University; and William is a Minister of Youth and Young Adults at Derbyshire Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. William and his wife, Mary Kate have two beautiful twin daughters. Born January 3, 2016, they are named after their great grandmothers - Adeline Charlotte and Dorothy Hope.

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Derrell Grantham

Derrell Grantham
Minister of Activities and Senior Adults

Derrell is a native of Mississippi and a graduate of Columbus (GA) College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a Masters in Religious Education. His experience includes work with the Boy's Clubs of America in Georgia and Louisiana and he has served on staff at First Baptist in Mandeville, Louisiana and First Baptist in Ruston, Louisiana. Derrell came to First Baptist Dalton in 1988.
Derrell is married to the former Susan Rogers. He has one daughter, Susanna, who is an elementary school teacher in the Atlanta area.

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Justin Safley
Minister to Youth and Their Families

Justin is a native of Texas and grew up in Mississippi. He is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelors Degree in History and McAfee School of Theology, where he earned a Masters of Divinity. Justin has served churches in Flowery Branch and Jefferson, Georgia. He joined First Baptist of Dalton in October, 2018. Justin's wife, Mallory, works at Dalton State College in the Career Services Department. They have two young daughters, Hannah and Brooklyn.

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Suzanne Hooie

Suzanne Hooie
Minister of Missions and community Ministry

A native of Ashland, AL, Suzanne is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Her professional background includes thirteen years of experience in Information Systems. She worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies where she specialized in project management. She has been a member of FBC Dalton for 21 years before joining the ministerial staff. 

Suzanne’s husband, Sherrel is employed with Shaw Industries. They have two grown children. Lauren, an Auburn graduate, is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at McAfee School of Theology and John, a Georgia Tech graduate, is working in Atlanta, GA with a venture capitalist firm.

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Kristina Callaway
Interim Minister to Children and Their Families

Kristina Callaway's FBCD resume is pretty extensive and unique: teacher at the Children's Learning Center, Deacon, Sunday School teacher for the 4 and 5 year old age group, Mission Friends leader, member of First Light, and more. This is actually her second term as interim director of children, having served previously in this role prior to Bridgette Poag joining the staff full-time. She loves children, a fact that's evident in how she chooses to spend her time.  

When she's not serving at FBCD, she's mom to Jackson and Grant (and dog Wrigley), wife to Curtis, serving as the treasurer in the Brookwood Elementary School PTO, and volunteering as a member of the Citizens review panel for the Juvenile Court. Kristina is a connoisseur of fine tea and enjoys traveling to Europe whenever possible.

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