The First Bank of Pike has been serving the people of Pike County since 1901. It received its charter in September of that year as the “Bank of Molena” when a group of local citizens worked together to buy out the Molena branch of the Barnesville Savings Bank. Those original stockholders are names still familiar to the people of Molena: Jordan, Brooks, Carriker, Hardy, Dunn, Willis and Lawrence. Since that time, the bank has acted as a partner with the communities it serves to assure the financial stability of the area.
Meeting the needs of its customers has always been an important role of the bank, and those needs have changed dramatically over the years. In 1916, for example, the Bank of Molena purchased a registered bull to be shared by the community to up-grade the quality of the local cattle. During the early years, items such as mules, milk cows, pigs, horses and buggies, bales of cotton, pianos, as well as automobiles, were listed as collateral on loans.
The Bank of Molena made its first installment loan in 1926. A Ford Tudor sedan was purchased by the Molena’s Rural Letter Carrier. Thirteen separate notes were made, each coming due one month after the other, for $33.30 each.
Surviving the 1926 financial panic and the great Depression following the 1929 stock market crash were a challenge to the Bank of Molena. Employees took pay cuts, stockholders shored the bank financially, and citizens of the community had enough faith in the bank to leave their money deposited in the bank, thus averting a run on the bank. All of these factors played a part in the bank weathering those turbulent times.
By the mid 1930’s, money had started to flow into the community again, and the Bank of Molena again saw black ink on its balance sheet in an era when many banks closed their doors forever.
The bank continued to grow, and by 1978, the building that had housed the business since the turn of the century was no longer large enough. A new bank building was completed that incorporated the original banking house entirely within it. The Molena branch has the original bank’s marble name and date embedded in its façade.
The growth and expansion continued with the opening of its Concord branch on August 7, 1989. The Zebulon branch was opened February 19, 1991, and the Bank of Molena changed its name to the First Bank of Pike to reflect its growing interests throughout the county.
The First Bank of Pike is proud of the part it has played in the history of Pike County. We pledge to continue to inspire the confidence of our customers, who are the bank’s most valuable asset.
A Message From Our President
Welcome to First Bank of Pike!
Thank you for taking the time to visit our site. We know selecting a financial institution is an important decision; for the last 116 years, the people of Pike County and our surrounding neighbors, from our tellers to our board members, we are committed to ever-improving our service to our customers.
We are invested in local growth. This means we are invested in you! Our team of experienced professionals, coupled with our variety of financial products are prepared to help you achieve your goals. In a financial environment that can be overwhelming and volatile, it is important to have a knowledgeable team behind you. From our tellers to our board members, our commitment to our customers is solid and ever-improving.
Whether your family has banked with us for generations, or you’ve recently opened an account, I would like to personally thank you for contributing to our success since 1901. We truly are a mirror of the communities we serve.
In addition to the small-town care you expect from a community bank, at First Bank of Pike you will also be privileged to the high-tech advantages of a bigger bank: internet banking, mobile banking, online bill pay, mobile deposit and much more!
If you are still searching for a home bank, search no further! No matter your endeavor, I encourage you to explore our site and stop in to see how First Bank of Pike can help you be successful.
John P Barker III
Officers and Directors
- John P Barker III, President/CEO
- Jason Brisendine, Executive Vice President/Chief Credit Officer
- Mechell Culpepper, Chief Financial Officer/Compliance & Risk Officer
- Sherry Pope, Assistant Vice President—Retail Banking
- Pam Sams, Assistant Vice President—Operations
- Leslie Crowder, Controller/IT
- Renee Adams, Banking Officer/Zebulon Office Manager
- Robert Fletcher, Chairman
- Jason Brisendine, Secretary
- John P Barker III
- Ann A Durand
- James P Fletcher
- Melvin Myrick
- Thomas Morton
- John P Barker Jr, Director Emeritus
How to submit a resume:
We typically keep applications and resumes on file for three to six months. If you would like to be considered for future openings and either reside in the Pike County area or will soon be relocating to this area, send your resume and references to the following:
Attn: Employment Opportunities Area
First Bank of Pike
P.O. Box 348
Molena, Georgia 30258
From time to time, we have new employment opportunities.