Lorie Forbes - Ministry Assistant / Church Clerk

  • Lorie joined the staff in February 2009. She’s lived most of her life in Abernathy marrying her high school sweetheart and raising two sons. She joined FBC Abernathy in 2000, after losing a son to suicide from bi-polar manic depression and has been involved in many women’s Bible studies and teaches a women’s Sunday school class. “I didn’t know the true meaning of a servant of God until this church family wrapped their arms around me and ministered to me during the worst time of my life,” Lorie said. Lorie truly felt the Lord placed her here when the staff position became vacant. She takes care of the office responsibilities and is the assistant church treasurer. Family is very important to her and nothing gives her more joy than being called “MawMaw.”


  • Our search committee is currently looking for our new pastor. Please contact the church office if you have any questions.
  • First Baptist Church-Abernathy is excited to welcome Jim Brown as our Interim Pastor.
    Jim and his wife Diana both graduated from West Texas State University. Jim got his Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth.  They have served churches since 1984 with the last two: First Baptist in Claude and Monterey Baptist in Lubbock.  Jim pastored churches for 33 years and has been doing supply preaching and Interims for the past 2 ½ years.
    Jim and Diana have two children.  Beau Brown and family live in Lubbock.  Jenny Seal and family live in Longview, Texas.  Jim and Diana have five grandchildren---Jake, Josh, Julia, Claire and Ali.  Jim enjoys reading, traveling, watching college football and basketball, and spending time anywhere with his grandkids, but particularly at the lake where they swim, fish, and enjoy water sports.  Diana taught school for 32 years.  The last 20 were in Frenship ISD.  She enjoys cooking, sewing, traveling and the lake.
    His favorite Bible verse: 
    Psalm 103:1-2 (NKJV)
    1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
    2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:

    Her favorite Bible verse:
    Psalm 46:10

    Be still and know that I am God.