Josh Lail



Josh came on staff at First Baptist in May, 2015, but he was no stranger to this congregation.  Prior to serving on staff, he served alongside many members of Valdese First Baptist in local, national, and international missions, as well as ecumenical youth activities. VFBC has played a large part in shaping him into the minister, and the Christian, that he is today.  "I am thankful to serve a congregation that has served me. I am also thankful for a supportive congregation who values investment in younger generations."


Josh received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gardner-Webb University.  Before that, he received a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky and a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Mars Hill College (now Mars Hill University), near Asheville.  Prior to coming to Valdese First Baptist, he served in student ministry at College Avenue Baptist Church in Lenoir, NC and First United Methodist Church here in Valdese.


Josh married his best friend, Crystal, in November of 2007. Josh says, "Without her, I’m just not me!"  Crystal is a graduate of Appalachian State University and a NC Pre-K teacher in the Hickory Public School System.  In December of 2014, they welcomed their first child, Caroline.  


"I came to Christ as a high school student; and I have a passion for seeing young people discover what God has in store for them during their teenage years. I am also zealous for seeing children, youth, and families nurtured in their walk with Christ. I am ecumenical by nature, and love to see the body of Christ work together as one. I believe strongly in leadership development among our emerging generations, so that they can fulfill the call that God has placed on their lives in the here and now."

After serving as both Associate Pastor and Interim Pastor, Josh was called to be pastor of First Baptist Valdese in 2019.  He is excited to continue to serve in the community of faith that has loved he and his family very well in their time in Valdese!


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Aaron Poteat

Worship Leader

Aaron grew up in Newton, NC and is a graduate of Appalachian State University where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. 


Aaron also serves as Band Director at Heritage Middle School in Valdese and plans to keep working hard to provide the experience of making music to students in our community.


In 2014, he accepted the position of Music Coordinator at First Baptist Icard. This was a new adventure for him, something he felt God was calling him to do.  As always, God was faithful, providing great opportunities for him to learn and grow in faith and service.  Aaron is excited about returning to Valdese FBC and the opportunity to serve in the Music Ministry.  He believes music is a key component of worship and will strive to glorify God through this ministry.


Currently, Aaron lives in Rutherford College with his wife, Kristy, and two sons Addison (16) and Ethan (9).

Katherine Pittman

Student Minister

Katherine is a graduate of UNC-Asheville with a degree in Psychology.  After college, she traveled the world, serving God's people in 11 different countries in 11 months, on the World Race.  She currently works for the Burke County school system in a classroom for exceptional children.  We are excited to have Katherine on staff, as she brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to our team!

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