In 2005, Dr. Jimmy Moore led the congregation in Pursuing Vital Ministries, starting with Prayer Triplets to conduct a spiritual inventory of member gifts and their visions for First Baptist. Among the priorities revealed during the assessment was addressing facility needs. Dr. Moore asked the existing Long Range Planning Committee in 2006 to investigate the feasibility of providing more Sunday School classrooms to accommodate a growing attendance. Input gathered from the church membership revealed fifteen facility priorities that needed to be addressed to provide space not only for classrooms, but for the ministries the membership felt called to provide as a direct outcome of Pursuing Vital Ministries.The church stepped out in faith with its Widow’s Mite stewardship and capital campaign for the expansion in 2008, and ground breaking was held October 3, 2010. The completed project entailed new construction, renovation, and upgrading of all areas of the church, provided improved traffic flow across all building additions, and included a centralized elevator to provide handicap accessibility to all three floors of the facility.The project provided a new WEE School/Pre-school wing, Children’s Wing, Youth Area, Gallery, Gathering Space, Media Center, and Parlor. The Sanctuary, Family Life Center, and Music Suite were upgraded along with all Sunday School rooms and administrative offices. A new porte corchere and handicap ramp provided a protected drop-off for the elderly and families with young children. First Baptist dedicated the new and improved spaces on March 25, 2012. The total cost of the project was $2.6 million. Over half of that amount was paid at the time of the building dedication, with a debt of $1.1 million carried forward. The debt was retired on March 4, 2019 with a note burning at both services.First Baptist Church embarked on a very difficult journey in 2015 when Dr. Jimmy Moore was diagnosed in August with cancer. Dr. Moore had served for over twenty-one years, shepherding the congregation with humility and leading by example through several spiritually significant events and all matters that typically impact church life. Jimmy’s passion was preaching, and for the next eleven months, with few exceptions, he was in the pulpit on Sunday morning for both services. He delivered the Word, honestly shared his feelings about the walk he was on, and through that tremendous effort, he allowed the congregation to accompany him on that journey. His homegoing on July 18, 2016 will remain a spiritual marker for the First Baptist congregation.During Dr. Moore’s illness and treatment, Dr. Greg Barmer assisted Jimmy with day-to-day church administration while maintaining his own responsibilities as Minister of Music. On those few occasions when Jimmy was physically unable to be in the pulpit on short notice, Greg delivered the sermon at both Sunday morning services. Both prior to and during this difficult time, Rev. Barmer had begun to feel a distinct restlessness and redirection in his call, and following Pastor Moore’s death, the invitation from the pastor search committee helped clarify his call to the pastoral ministry. First Baptist Church called Greg in November 2017 to begin serving as pastor in February 2018. The continuity in leadership provided a grieving congregation comfort and stability during a tender period of transition.