Our Staff
Russ Davidson, Senior Pastor

Russ preaches, guides, and provides overall vision and direction to First Baptist Princeton. His desire is to lead the First Baptist Princeton family to impact the world by connecting people to Jesus.

On Staff Since: 2012

Family: Married to Teresa; Cori & Michael, daughter & son-in-law; Andrew, Seth, & Decker, grand boys

Favorite Food: Mom’s banana pudding

Hobbies/Interests: Running, yard work, Kentucky basketball, spending time with Andrew, Seth, and Decker.

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 37:4  “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Hometown: Marion, KY

Education & Experience: B.S. Biblical Studies (Mid-Continent Bible College); Master Theological Studies Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Favorite movies/TV Shows: It’s A Wonderful Life, Mr. Holland’s Opus, ESPN, The Andy Griffith Show, Fixer Upper

Dane Hodges, Associate Pastor, Music Pastor

As Associate Pastor, Dane assists Bro. Russ in the pastoral duties of the church and community. As Music Pastor, he leads in worship and provides direction to the music and worship ministries at First Baptist Princeton.

On Staff Since  1999

Family: Married to Cindy; Logan, daughter; Blake and Devan, son and daughter-in-law. 
Favorite Food: Fajitas and puddin-n-sauce
Hobbies/Interests: Flying aircraft, golf, repairing anything broken

Favorite Scripture: Romans 10:13  “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Hometown: Paducah, KY

Education & Experience : In the ministry since 1983; First Baptist Church, Princeton, KY 1999-Present; First Missionary Baptist, Benton, KY 1993-1999; Masters in Church Music, Southwestern Seminary 1993; Birchman Baptist, Fort Worth, TX 1990-1993; First Missionary Baptist, Benton, KY 1985-1990; B.S. Music Education, Murray State University, 1986; Liberty Baptist Church, Folsomdale, KY 1983-1984
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: How It’s Made, Mythbusters, Fox News
Sandy Hodge, Director of Children’s Ministry

Sandy directs the First Baptist Princeton children’s ministry from birth through grade 6. Her desire is to create a dynamic ministry partnering with parents to raise spiritual champions for Christ. She recruits, trains and empowers volunteer leaders within family ministry.

On Staff Since: 2006

Family: Mom to Jennifer, Emily, Rob, and Ryan; loves being “Maaize” to 5 granddaughters — Annie, Lilly, Meg, Kate, and Lila and 4 grandsons – Jack, Graham, Grey, and Hunter

Favorite Food Southern cuisine, especially shrimp dishes

Hobbies /Interests:  Interior design projects, entertaining, dining out

Favorite Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” 

Hometown Louisville, KY. Life as a pastor’s kid moved her to KY, IN, FL, IL.

Education & Experience: B.A. in Elementary Education, Georgetown College. Worked with youth and children in churches in KY and SC as a college student until coming on staff at First Baptist Princeton

Favorite Movies/TV Shows: Christmas in Connecticut, You Got Mail, Fox News and BlueBloods

CindyL-headshotCindy Long, Director of Student Ministry


Through a variety of teaching methods and through mission opportunities, Cindy’s hope for her ministry is to see students grow, serve and connect to Jesus Christ and His world. Her desire is to have students know Jesus intimately, through His grace and knowledge, as they prepare to graduate from high school.

On Staff Since: 2008

Family: She was married to Ron Long (who passed away 2014); two sons and five grandchildren; Clint and Misty Long and their children Connor & Madi; and Jacob and Dayla Long and their children, Christina, Dalton and Austin

Favorite Food: Country fried steak and lemon pie

Hobbies/Interests: Running with the grandkids (ballgames, Chuck E. Cheese) and pretty much just hanging with them; spending time with her friends, playing board and card games.

Favorite Scripture:  “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” — Colossians 3:23

Hometown: Cadiz, KY

Education & Experience: Associates Degree plus 15 hours in Human Services from University of Kentucky (HCC); Retired Criminal Defense Investigator for the State of Kentucky; 30 years as a youth worker at several Baptist churches; Youth & Children’s Director, Fredonia First Baptist

Favorite Movies/TV shows: Comedies and musicals; High School Musical movies, Say Yes to the Dress
Susie Taylor, Financial Secretary
Lisa Campbell, Office Secretary
Brian Campbell, Custodial Services        
Dean Sears, Custodial Services


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