Pastor & Staff

J. Kenneth Byrd, Jr.

Pastor Shepherd

Rev. J. Kenneth Byrd, Jr. joined Nashville Baptist Church for the second time in 2015. Pastor Kenny grew up in Whiteville, NC working on the family farm. He is a UNC graduate, holds a Master's of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School, and is currently in the Doctoral program at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. Pastor Kenny is an avid fountain pen collector, reader, and finds working in his rose gardens the best way to decompress and reflect. His wife, Shelley, and his three children are active in the Nashville and eastern Carolina area communities.

Blaine Pittman

Director of Music and Education

Blaine Pittman came to NBC in May of 2020. He is a native of Wilson, NC, and grew up attending First Baptist Church of Wilson where he was immersed in church music, serving in multiple capacities. That is where his love of Jesus and Music were combined. Blaine attended Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Music in 2018. After arriving at NBC, Blaine went back to school in 2021 to earn his Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from East Carolina University. Blaine enjoys making music and hanging out with his friends and family in his spare time.

April Whetter

Ministry Assistant

April Whetter joined the NBC team in 2022. After graduating from the Univeristy of North Dakota, she worked in alumni relations, event planning and development, before leaving the workforce to focus on her children. She has been home schooling her children since 2010 and counts it one of her greatest joys and accomplishments. April and her family moved to Wilson, NC in 2021. She enjoys serving at Peace Church in Wilson, hiking, and spending time with family.

Irma Boulden

Financial Assistant

Irma Boulden has served as the Financial Assistant for Nashville Baptist since August 2017. She grew up in the Nashville area and actually attended Acteens at NBC as a teenager because her church did not have that program. She taught at Nashville Elementary from 1972-1995 and at Edwards in Rocky Mount from 1999-2009. Irma serves as Financial Assistant for several area churches as well as Treasurer for her home church of Castalia Baptist.

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Alternate Musician