Jim Holmes- Lead Pastor

On October 5, 1976…at about 7:30 pm…on the campus of LSU…I knelt down beside my dorm room bed and prayed to receive Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior.  I was 21 years old at the time, and I had no idea at how vastly my life and eternity would change.  I just knew that I was lost and that Jesus was the Savior of the world and that I wanted Him in my life.  It is not an understatement for me to say that not once since that wonderful day have I ever “gotten over getting saved!”


Chris Barnard

Associate Pastor of Students and College

After the youth service, on the second week of February, 2001, at the age of 12, at Dayspring Baptist Church in Warner Robins, Georgia. I walked down to the altar after the prompting of the Holy Spirit during the invitation to surrender my life to Christ and to receive Jesus as my Lord! Through many great times and trials He has remained faithful and true! He is the constant in my life, my ever present counsel and help!


Jim Gant

Associate Pastor of Education and Pastoral Care

 I was born in Atlanta and grew up in the south Atlanta area.  When I was five years old, my family was reached by a Baptist church that sent buses into local apartment complexes and neighborhoods and that gave out free bubble gum to kids who came to church.  A few years after my family began attending that church, I came to faith in Christ and was baptized when I was nine years old. After graduation from Riverdale High School, I began my college career at Truett-McConnell College (which was then a two-year school) and went on to graduate from Berry College in 1992 with a B.S. in Psychology....


Dale Thomas

Associate Pastor of Missions

 I was raised in Upstate New York in a religious, but not Christ-centered family.  My father’s family was Methodist and my mother’s Baptist.  Since I spent every moment I could on my maternal Grandfather’s dairy farm, I grew up attending both churches about equally.  They were liberal, so I saw very little difference in them.  However, I did come to understand that the Bible was God’s Word- although we never read it.  Having rejected organized religion during my college years, I never attended church except to marry my high school sweetheart Ginny Kellogg in 1968....


Bill Terry

Associate Pastor of Administration and Senior Adults

The third Sunday in August, 1960, is my spiritual birthday. At the age of 13, I knelt at my home church altar and asked Christ into my life as personal Savior. In spite of my weaknesses and failures during these intervening years, He has never failed nor forsaken me. Born and raised in Florida, I am the oldest (and only boy) of four children. Graduating from Florida State University in 1968, the Lord enabled me to have several secular vocational experiences in preparation for my calling into ministry in 1982....


Audra Minish

Children's Ministry Director

I was born on February 17, 1994 and raised in Royston, Georgia. I am the daughter of Doug and Marie Minish and have one younger sister. I graduated Truett-McConnell University in 2016 with a Bachelors Degree in Christian Studies. I am excited to serve children and families as the Children’s Ministry Director at Helen First Baptist. I was raised in a Christian home in which my family was always very active in serving at Middle River Baptist Church. I accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of 8 on Easter Sunday, and since then God has been molding me and shaping me into the person I am today...


Angie Gant

Worship Leader

I grew up in Clayton County, Georgia.  At the age of ten, I began playing percussion, which I continued learning in junior high and high school. While a sophomore in the Redcoat Band at the University of Georgia, I was asked to perform in Prince Avenue Baptist Church’s Living Christmas Tree production. The choir and orchestra performed the production nine times – with the gospel presented every time. On December 10, 1989, after a young teenager in the production pleaded with me to respond to the gospel, I accepted Christ as my Savior and was baptized at Prince Avenue Baptist in January.