Candidate For Minister of Students : Caroline Self

Candidate for Minister of Students : Caroline Self

Dearest Church:

It is with great joy that I want to introduce you to Miss Caroline Self, our candidate for Minister of Students at First Baptist Church.  Caroline comes with the unanimous recommendation from our search committee, our personnel committee, and our deacon body!

Caroline’s Qualifications and Bio:

Caroline’s resume highlights a journey that shows years of preparation for her lifelong dream of being a minister of students.  A native of upstate South Carolina, she is a proud undergraduate of Clemson University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management in 2020.  Soon after, she began her pursuit of Master of Divinity at McAfee School of Theology and will graduate this spring at which time she will also be ordained in her home church in Anderson, South Carolina.  Along the way, she has served in various roles in different youth ministries and presently serves as a Children’s Ministry Intern at Smoke Rise Baptist Church.  

Caroline is engaged to Mr. Matthew Moore.  The two of them met as students at Clemson University.  Matthew recently passed the bar and currently works as an attorney in Lafayette, Georgia.  The two of them will be married in June and look forward to making Carrollton their home!

Caroline’s Weekend In Light of A Call:

It is with great enthusiasm that we now invite her for a weekend in light of a call to be our next Minister of Students February 3 – 5.  Mark your calendar down now for a few opportunities outlined below where you can meet Caroline and be a special part of her formal calling to our church!  I want to specifically emphasize the times when our youth will have candid times with Caroline!

Saturday, February 4th

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Caroline will be participating in our annual Rise Against Hunger Event in the Fellowship Hall.  Come and meet her as we serve together! 

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Lunch and Fellowship for Youth and Youth Parents at The Place.  All youth and their parents are invited to eat a complimentary hamburger and hotdog lunch, meet Caroline, and enjoy fellowship at The Place. 


Sunday, February 5th

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Caroline will be present at our Churchwide Breakfast Fellowship Sponsored by Missions Team.  Come and meet Caroline during this time!

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Caroline will lead our youth during Sunday School in The Place.

11:00 a.m. – Caroline will be present in morning worship and will give a time of testimony to our church!  Please be present to hear it!

12:00 p.m. – Called church conference to confirm Caroline as our new Minister of Students at First Baptist Church!

Hear What Others Are Saying About Caroline:

Since the moment I met her, I could feel Caroline’s passion for Jesus, The Church, and of course, all things students.  Each interview with Caroline further outlined how God was specifically calling her to minister to our students here at First Baptist Church Carrollton! Of course, I’m not the only one who has wonderful things to say about Caroline.  Here are what others are saying…

“In serving alongside Caroline over the last nearly 4 years, I have watched her not only love and serve our students, but love and serve their siblings, families, and friends as well. She breathes energy, spontaneity, and overwhelming passion into each event, bible story, and time of fellowship.  It is with great privilege, prayer, and pride that I offer my endorsement of Caroline as your new Youth Minister.”

Laura Alyssa Platé
Former Smoke Rise Children’s Ministry Intern & Current Deacon

“I am 15 years her senior and I want to be like Caroline when I grow up!”

Rev. Elizabeth “Ebby” Arnold
Mentor to Caroline

“Caroline made a robust first impression on the McAfee community, beginning with her first time visiting with us on Scholars Day. She demonstrates the rare ability to balance her life with academic, spiritual, social, and cultural pursuits. She is self-motivated and demonstrates authentic compassion towards all. Caroline is committed to serving others for the sake of a better church and world, and I have no doubt that FBC Carrollton will be enriched with her ministry.” 

Dr. Greg DeLoach
Dean of McAfee School of Theology

“Youth ministry is in Caroline’s spiritual DNA.”

Dr. Josh Hunt
Pastor of First Baptist Church Anderson, SC
Caroline’s Home Church

Caroline’s Transition Plan to Full Time Work:

After she is confirmed by our church, Caroline will begin to be present at select Wednesdays with our youth and weekends with our church body.  This will allow her to begin ministry here with our students and families at our church while also finishing seminary, getting married, and moving to Carrollton.  As you can tell, that is a lot of significant back to back life events, so let’s be praying for she and Matthew!  Caroline will begin full time ministry on July 5th.  

Church, I could not be more excited for the amazing person God has blessed us with to lead our students here at First Baptist Church in Caroline Self.  The future is incredibly bright for our church and especially our students and their families!  Join me in saying this wherever you are, “The best is yet to come!”


Pastor David 

Dr. David Hughes

Senior Pastor

Dr. David Hughes accepted the call to the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Carrollton in January 2022. David’s formation is in thanks to many fine schools, employers, churches, and his family. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at Furman University (2005), a Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary (2018) and a Doctor of Ministry at McAfee School of Theology in Church Leadership and Administration (2023). Before accepting the call to ministry in 2011, David worked for six years for non-profits in Greenville, South Carolina and Patagonia, Chile. Previously, he served as the minister to students at First Baptist Church of Augusta (2018 – 2021) and Easley First Baptist Church (2011 – 2018). Married to Rebecca in 2006, David’s amazing wife is a constant source of love, encouragement, and partnership in the ministry. The two of them welcomed their daughter Maggie in 2012 and now watch with amazement as their precious daughter continues to grow and develop. David believes firmly that The Church is a place of invitation for all where lives can be transformed by The Gospel of Jesus Christ. His passion is to create vision and lead God’s people to express the love of Christ in the world.