Paul Nawlin - Pastor

FullSizeRenderWelcome to our website. We trust that you will find information that will be helpful. Come by and see us at First Baptist Church of Steinhatchee, Florida.

My name is Paul Nawlin. I am number nine of ten kids (5 girls and 5 boys) from Opp, Alabama. The Lord blessed us with parents that know the Lord and raised us up with the reality of knowing and serving Jesus Christ.

I was saved (born again) at 18 years old in 1983 and called to preach in 1984. I must confess and say these years of my life and ministry have been filled with God’s blessings and grace. There have been challenges but Jesus has been more than enough.

God gave me the young lady that was made for me, Brenda Peavy. After over 32 years of marriage, 3 children (Beverly, Benjamin and Nathan) and 10 grandchildren, we are still amazed at God’s goodness.

I pastored in Alabama until moving to Florida in 2002.

I have been in various types of ministry: radio, TV, nursing home, schools, missions and prisons. I’m also founder and director of Character Education Now. (, take a look)

We are excited to be at First Baptist Church of Steinhatchee. We look forward to pastoring and serving our Lord til He comes. Come and visit with us.

Romans 8:28

Paul Nawlin

Marcia Bratcher - Secretary


Hi name is Marcia and I am the secretary of First Baptist Church of Steinhatchee. I’ve had the pleasure of being the office secretary for over 10 years!! It’s a great blessing to be able to serve the Lord and our Pastor Paul Nawlin along with all of our church members and community. My goal is to always be available to those in need and to love ALL of God’s children!!

Jim Brannan - Assistant Pastor

jimbrannonHello, my name is Jim Brannan.  I was born and raised in Taylor County. I Graduated from Taylor County High School, University of Florida, Florida State University, and FAMU.

I was saved at 10 and called to preach at 18.  In 1987 I was given the position of Minister of music at Mt. Gilead Baptist church.  For the past 32 years I have served the Lord as Minister of Music and Associate Pastor in several different churches. For four and a half years I traveled and sang with the Cavaliers Quartet until the group retired.  The past 32 years have been the most outstanding of my life knowing that I am in the center of God's will serving Him.

Five years ago my wife passed away after an extended battle with cancer. However, God's grace and promise that we will be reunited at the Rapture carried me through. What an awesome God we serve. 

I have three children, Ben, Jacob, and Leah and five grandchildren.

I have been and involved in several different types of ministry over the years.  Currently, I'm part of Character Education Now and Elevate Taylor with Brother Paul Nawlin. I am an active member of the Christian Motorcyclist Association.  CMA is an evangelist organization sharing the gospel with the world of Bikers changing the world one heart at a time.  In addition, I also teach on End Time Events on Monday nights in Perry.   

I am excited to be a part of the team at First Baptist Church of Steinhatchee.  My responsibilities include worship music, both adults and youth, Leading Wednesday night prayer meeting and teaching; Filling the pulpit when Brother Paul has to be absent; and whatever else needs to be done.      

I would love to have you come visit. If you have questions we have answers. Come and explore the wonderful world of God's Word with us. 

2 Timothy 2:15