Staff

Jim Holmes- Lead Pastor

  • Grew up in Aiken, SC attending the Episcopal church.

  • Attended LSU on a golf scholarship.

  • Came to faith in Christ while at LSU.

  • Played professional golf before being called into ministry.

  • Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • Married to Mary since 1981.

  • Four grown girls and two grandchildren.

 

Chris Barnard

Associate Pastor of Students and College

  • Grew up in Warner Robins, GA.

  • Came to faith in Christ at the age of 12 after a youth service.

  • Bachelor's degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Truett-McConnell University

  • Pursuing an Advanced Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • Married to Courtney since 2011.

  • Expecting their first child.

 

Jim Gant

Associate Pastor of Education and Pastoral Care

  • Grew up in the south Atlanta area.

  • Came to faith in Christ at the age of 9.

  • Master of Science in Community Counseling from Georgia State University.

  • Master of Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

  • Pursuing a PhD in Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

  • Married to Angie since 1994.

  • Two teenaged girls.

 

Dale Thomas

Associate Pastor of Missions

  • Grew up in Upstate New York.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

  • Came to faith in Christ while working at Xerox.

  • Married to Ginny since 1968.

  • Three grown children and nine grandchildren.

 

Bill Terry

Associate Pastor of Administration and Senior Adults

  • Grew up in Florida

  • Came to faith in Christ as a 13-year-old in 1960.

  • Graduated from Florida State University.

  • Studied at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • Married to Margie since 1968.

  • Two sons and four grandchildren.

 

Audra Keesee

Children's Ministry Director

  • Grew up in Royston, GA

  • Came to faith in Christ at 8 years of age.

  • Bachelor’s in Christian Studies from Truett-McConnell University.

  • Married to Jacob since 2018.

 

Angie Gant

Worship Leader

  • Grew up in Clayton County, GA.

  • Came to faith in Christ in 1989 as a student at UGA.

  • Bachelor’s in Music Education from UGA.

  • Master’s and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UGA.

  • Married to Jim since 1994.

  • Two teenaged girls.