Reaching all of Jacksonville, with all of Jesus, for all of life by inviting students to live in Christ, with His community, through Gospel focused discipleship.

At First Students, middle school and high school students from across the city connect with faithful adult mentors and teachers that help them learn God’s Word and discover His desires for their life. First Students is built around three key programs: Sunday School Life Groups, Student Worship, and MDWK(Mid-Week).

The leaders of First Students work to see students holy, joyful, and ready for the next chapter of life. If you are a Middle School or High School student or the parent of a Middle School or High School student, we invite you to come and check out First Students! If you have any questions, feel free to email our Student Pastor, Akiya Johnson, at 

At First Baptist, our Middle School and High School students have multiple opportunities to express their love for Jesus Christ through worship. Musically, these include participation in both vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles, choir, orchestra, seasonal ministry teams and other special performance appearances. The culmination of preparation and training is most frequently seen when our students lead in worship on select Sunday evenings and by way of other events such as our annual mission tour. Please feel free to contact us for more information about how you can be involved in this exciting ministry!

Sunday Mornings, 10:45 AM, 4th Floor, Children's Building

Middle School and High School Sunday School is a place where your student will gather with other students in their age group to study, fellowship, and mature in their faith. The Bible Study portion has two parts that are designed to be interactive. The first is a group lesson and the second is a life group which does a deep dive into the Bible passage and gives students the ability to ask questions.

Sunday Evenings, 6:00-7:30 PM, 4th Floor, Children's Building

The Student Worship Choir is directed by Seth Singleton. This group focuses on a variety of 4-part (SATB) music and sings on select occasions in various worship services when our students leads worship. 

The Student Worship Orchestra is directed by Jim Daniel, Student Orchestra Director. This group focuses on a variety of music and plays on select occasions in various worship services when our students eads worship. 

For more information, contact Savannah Land, Administrative Support to Student Worship, at 904.265.7515 or

Wednesday Evenings, 6:00-7:30 PM, 4th Floor, Children's Building

Join us on Wednesday nights for Midweek! First Student MDWK is separated into Middle School and High School sections. Teaching is focused on evangelism & apologetics so students can learn a Christian Worldview and be able to engage other Worldviews.



Student Pastor

Akiya Johnson

Student Worship Pastor

Seth Singleton  

Student Discipleship Minister

Matt Cummings  

Student Discipleship Counselor

Helisha Smith  





Standards and Expectations for First Student Leaders