Rev. Ethan Hughes
Youth & Young Adult Pastor
Rev. Ethan Hughes hails from the mountains of Western North Carolina. A graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies and a Master of Divinity. Ethan has served in many different types of ministries, from working with local social services agencies as a social worker for aging adults to teaching and assisting teachers in special needs classrooms. Ethan also served as the associate campus minister at Western Carolina University and as a chaplain intern at the Veterans Hospital in Asheville North Carolina. Ethan enjoys playing music, hiking, reading, and enjoying the latest comic book or Star Wars news. Ethan was ordained by Ecclesia Baptist Church in Asheville, NC September of 2020 and is grateful and excited to serve as the Youth and Young Adult Pastor at First Baptist.
Director of First Baptist Children’s Ministry & SonShine Learning Center
Alison Wright became First Baptist’s Director of Children’s Ministry in September 2013. Alison has lived in Winchester since the fall of 2007 when she started school at Shenandoah Conservatory. She graduated in the spring of 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.
In January of 2022 Alison was also hired as the Director of SonShine Learning Center, First Baptist’s preschool.
Alison works to engage children and families in spiritual growth together, building a community where children feel safe and loved, while parents feel supported.
Alison and her husband Mason met as students at SU and were married in April 2013. They welcomed their first child, Clara, in February 2016 and their son, Felix, in July 2019. Mason and Alison fill their home with music, laughter and family time.
Office & Communications Manger
Originally from the Coal Fields of Southern West Virginia, Shannon Strickler graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia State University, and then again in 2021 with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice with a forensics certification from the same university.
In between earning the two bachelors degrees, she moved west and served as the Ministry Assistant at Open Bible Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, CO. After serving at OBBC in Colorado, she settled back into West Virginia as she and her family moved east after her husband’s military contract ended.
In 2020 she moved to the West Virginia Panhandle where she continued to work in ministry for an additional three years in Winchester, VA. She is also currently working on her Masters in Forensic Pattern Analysis at Loyola Univerity Maryland.
Shannon currently resides in Martinsburg, WV with her husband Christian, and their two boys Ephraim and Atlas. She has years of experience in many areas that includes ministry to media and everything in between.