ABOUT DAHLONEGA BAPTIST CHURCH
WORSHIP. GROW. SERVE.
WORSHIP. GROW. SERVE.
These are three phases of how we make disciples here at Dahlonega Baptist Church.
First, we Worship, and we invite people to worship with us. For when we invite people to worship with us, we expose them to Jesus. We expose them to the gospel. We are being drawn closer to God and to each other, while others are given an opportunity to hear the gospel and see it.
Secondly, we Grow. This is involvement in a small group, a small group where we study the Bible together on a weekly basis and grow spiritually with others. This can take place in one of the many Sunday School classes we have here at DBC or in other small groups that meet throughout the week. You’ll find many opportunities to get plugged into a small group here at DBC.
The third step is the Serve step. This is the hands steps. It’s stepping out in faith and looking for opportunities to serve Christ with our hands, using the spiritual gifts and abilities that we have been given. Examples include being a part of the many volunteer opportunities we have for serving the less fortunate here in our community, teaching and mentoring our children, singing in the choir, going on a mission trip, or agreeing to be an active member on one of the many teams or committees we here have at DBC. The great news is that we have all kinds of opportunities to serve.
How To Become A Member
Profession of Faith:
Admit one’s separation from God and desire to be united with God by trusting in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. A person wishing to unite in this fashion speaks to the Pastor to inform him of the decision, then presents himself/herself to the congregation at the end of a worship service. The congregation joyfully receives each person confessing faith.
Transfer of Membership:
If one is already a follower of Jesus and a member of another Southern Baptist congregation, he or she communicates to the Pastor the desire to transer membership, then presents oneself after worship to be received by this congregation.
Statement of Faith:
If one is already a follower of Jesus and a member of a congregation other than Southern Baptist, he or she communicates to the Pastor the desire to unite with DBC, then is presented to the congregation as one coming upon statement of faith. A person from another tradition who has not experienced baptism by immersion (may have been baptized as an infant) will be encouraged to experience this marvelous symbolic act.
Meet Our Staff
Faith: I grew up believing in God, but feeling that He was way up there somewhere and too big to be involved in my life. As a young man, a friend invited me to play basketball in a church league and I began to attend a church who taught me about Jesus Christ. I learned that God was reaching out to me though Christ, and what He did for me at the Cross. It finally made sense and I put my faith in Christ. What a difference He made. I later became a minister so that I could help others come to know Christ for themselves. I have served in churches in Texas and Georgia for over 35 years. About seven years ago I began a ministry of leading churches during their time without a senior pastor. Kathy and I are so excited to serv this year in this incredible church.
Professional: I am a graduate of the University of Georgia and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have served churches as Singles Pastor, Minister of Education and Outreach, Senior Pastor and now Transitional Interim Pastor.
Family: I married the former Kathy Batson of Habersham County 27 years ago and can say that she is my best friend in the world. We love doing ministry together.
Interests: Reading, worshipping, history, all UGA sports “Go Dawgs”, Braves, friends, laughter, going to the Lake. Hanging with my wife, Kathy. Did I say Friends?
Associate Pastor, Director of Family Ministries
Faith: I did not grow up in church and did not know Christ personally until I met my wife in college. A friend invited me to a youth rally in high school where I heard the gospel preached. I responded to a nudging that I felt, and was baptized, but because I was not in church, I did not have any guidance to develop a faith. When my wife showed me what it looked like to be in relationship with Jesus, I began to pursue getting to know Him and became a part of a church community. Not only did I fall in love with Jesus, I fell in love with HIS church! After marrying Suzanne, church became a vital part of my life and I sought to learn, to serve, and to get to know my Savior intimately. After spending a few years sitting with my wife as she led youth, I began to develop a passion for young people and longed to help them grow their relationships with Christ, but never felt worthy to do that until one summer when I volunteered at a youth camp and took the challenge to lead. It was as if it was what I was meant to do! I fell in love with students and I wanted them to know and experience the beautiful life that following Jesus can bring, and to show them that when they truly encounter Jesus, their lives will be affected in profound ways! My goal is to offer all children & students the opportunity to be a part of a community of fellow believers, so that they can journey together to live as Christ calls them to live, and to do what He calls them to do.
Professional: After the camp experiences, God began to stir in my heart and I felt a calling to go into full-time ministry. At the age of 35, I answered the call and began seminary. I was ordained @ Johns Creek Baptist Church, and at 37, I was called to my first church, Trinity Baptist Church in Moultrie, GA where I served as the Children’s & Youth Pastor from 2005-2014. From there I was called to be the Minister of Youth and Recreation @ First Baptist Church of Laruens, SC. I served there from 2014-2020.
About: I grew up in Opelika Alabama and then moved to Birmingham my junior year of High School. I met my wife Suzanne at Samford University and we just celebrated our 30th Anniversary (2020). We have two sons, Kyle & Jay who both graduated from the University of Georgia. Kyle, (27) is a Student pastor at Grace Raleigh, in Raleigh, NC and Jay (24) is married to Conley and is the Youth Pastor at Green Acres Baptist Church in Athens, GA.
Interests: Vacation Bible school, camps, and retreats are my very favorite things in the whole wide world. I am an avid sports fan. NBA & college football are my favorite to watch, but I love to play them all! My newest pastimes are Disc Golf and Ultimate Frisbee. I love playing video games, playing golf, basketball & fishing.
Did you know? I started out an Alabama fan until my dad became part of Auburn’s football team by working with the coaching staff by hooking up headphones from the sidelines to the press box on game days. After spending a lot of time around the team, around the coaches, in the stadium, and in the press box, it was easy to become a fan! SO, I’m likely the only Auburn fan that is also a huge Alabama fan unless they are playing the Tigers!
Director of Children’s Ministry
Faith: My faith story begins as most do – I was taken to church periodically as a child and really didn’t grow up in that steady and firm Christian home. My mom, I have to say, was the pioneer for the beginning stages of my faith. She, as a single parent, felt the desire to begin going to church every time the doors were open and becoming more involved, inevitably, I was drug along too. As I became more involved in the church myself – attending Awana, singing in the choir, participating in the youth program, etc. – I felt that tug in my heart to declare my faith and accept Jesus into my heart at the early age of 9, becoming baptized shortly afterwards. But still throughout my childhood I didn’t appreciate the urgency my mom had to take me to church. As the years passed on, I was still reluctant to completely surrender my life to the Lord. I was that typically rebellious preteen that felt that they already had and knew everything to this life, so why add something new. But it wasn’t until about a decade later, in my freshman year of college, I began to appreciate the Truth that was poured into my life through my mom and the churches we attended. God started to advance my spiritual growth by showing me that my life was completely useless and purposeless without Him. Christ began to open my eyes to His wonders and His commands, but even then, I was hesitant to wholly submit my will to His. Then God began to deal with my defiant will to completely trust Him. His faithfulness, gentleness, lovingness, and authority were displayed in my life through my oldest child that was born with birth defects. What a hard road to travel! But on that journey, God was there whispering in that still, small voice that He was there to carry us all, filling the void that felt like it would never be complete. So, in that moment of vulnerability, I knew with utter confidence that He was large and in charge of every circumstance pertaining to my life. Through the years afterwards, God has shown me His sovereignty and grace that has left me awestruck. He has opened doors that I didn’t even know existed and closed doors that didn’t even need to be opened, which gives me the urgency to tell others about Him and make disciples of those who already do.
About: I grew up in Bainbridge, GA where I met my bride, Samantha, during our junior year in high school. She and I moved up to Dahlonega in 2013 to attend UNG and fell in love with the beauty of both the scenery and people. Currently, I am a senior at Truett McConnell University where I major in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Student Ministry. I love to be outdoors, whether it’s to cruise on the lake, wade in the ocean, hike the trails, hammock between trees, toss the ball, or just simply sit and enjoy God’s creation. Samantha and I have 2 rambunctious blessings, Greyson & Chloe. Our family is full of spirit, adventure, and vision and we anticipate God to do immeasurable things through our lives.
Did You Know? In my senior year in high school I marched with the band at the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade.
Minister of Music
Faith: I became a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ when I was eight years of age. Because of the faithful witness of my grandparents and their strong relationship with Christ, I learned what it meant to walk in God’s presence and worship Him daily. Along with the influence of godly men such as my youth pastor and my music pastor at our church, I made a commitment to serve the Lord through music. As a senior in high school while at summer youth camp, I surrendered my life to the ministry with a focus on music in local churches.
Professional: My passion is to lead fellow believers in worship and praise in the local church. Upon graduation from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO., I served the Lord at Open Door Baptist Church in Kansas City, KS. and then moved to Georgia where I have been blessed to lead worship at First Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA., Mountain Park First Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, GA., and First Baptist Church, Norcross, GA. I am honored to be a part of what the Lord is doing at Dahlonega Baptist Church.
About: I am blessed with a godly wife, Linda, of 26 years who has been my helpmate both in life and ministry. We made Dahlonega our home in 2017 and love the mountains. We have 5 wonderful children, 10 grandchildren and even 2 great-grandchildren.
Interests: Traveling and sharing time with my wife is now my favorite thing to do. I will say that I love sports and especially watching college basketball. Since our move to the mountains, I have taken an interest in playing Pickle Ball.
Did you know? I officiated high school and small college basketball for many years.
Faith: My life changed dramatically on Dec. 15, 2009 when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. The past 26 years before I was a drug addict and on that day, God released me from the addiction that consumed my life, I thank God everyday and serve him to the best of my ability at DBC. I have served as Deacon and am involved in our men’s ministry and our student ministry as well.
Professional: I consider myself a “jack of all trades” as I am the Facilities Manager for Jeremiah’s House (transitional living facility), volunteer at a wildlife preserve, and occasionally work within the video productions industry as a production assistant, in addition to my responsibilites for managing the DBC facility.
About: I believe that everyone deserves the upmost respect something my father taught me and that’s what I give to everyone I encounter.
Interests: Fishing, Tennessee Volunteer Football, Volunteer Work
Did You Know? I survived an attack by a 180 pound alpha wolf while working at a wildlife preserve.
Sonshine Weekday Preschool Ministry - Director
Faith: My family and I moved to Dahlonega, Georgia in 2004, but it wasn’t until 2008 that we were invited to join some friends to attend DBC where we were lead to Christ. On October 19, 2008 my husband and I both were baptized and began our walk with Christ.
About: I am married to my best friend Jason, for 19 years. We are blessed with
Interests: I love to spend time with my family, I love Disney, music and hanging out by the fire.
Faith: I became a Christian and was baptized when I was 12 years old at Dahlonega Baptist Church. I had wonderful and loving parents and they sent me to Sunday School almost every Sunday. I am grateful to God for saving me when I was young, however, I did not really understand the Gospel of Christ until I was a young adult when I came to fully trust in Christ as my Savior and truly understand that God loves me so much He sent His Son to die for my sins so that I am forgiven. The Lord has brought me through difficult times in my life and I believe my faith in Him has grown through those experiences. I know that God is on my side!!
Professional: I have served DBC for the last 30 years. The first 8 years were working for Rev. Bob Green and the last 20+ years working for Pastor Bill Hutcheson, and now with Pastor Steven Wright. It has been a wonderful journey with my DBC family, whom I love very much.
About: I value honesty, a Godly attitude and compassion. My passion is that everyone be treated fairly without judgement.
Interests: Hiking, scrapbooking and spending time with my children.
Did You Know? In the past two years, I have gone ziplining and parasailing! Looking forward to my next adventure.
Faith: I was born into a large family. My mother couldn’t always attend church when I was an adolescent with lots of small children; therefore, I was invited to attend with my aunt and uncle or I caught a ride to church. It was on one of these occasions that I accepted Christ into my life at the age of eleven.
About: I married my soul-mate and lived with him for 45 wonderful years. My son was born in 1981, another gift from God. My husband has now passed on to be with the Lord after giving us miracles upon miracles to allow us about three extra years together. Now my mission is to serve that Lord and try to tell others about Christ’s power in our lives.
Did You Know? I am an avid deer hunter and have a beautiful 8-point buck hanging on my wall.
Faith: I was blessed to be raised in a strong Christian family where both of my parents lived their faith and taught us children to do the same. I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior here at Dahlonega Baptist Church when I was seven years old but made my public profession of faith, was baptized and became a member of the church as a ten year old when I better understood the responsibility of church membership. As a child, I spent several weeks every summer at a local Christian camp. I was a regular camper until I reached my teens and then served as a junior camp counselor as well as attended teen camp, where I grew in my faith and learned how to implement the Great Commission. In my late teens I attended a two week long Christian Leadership Camp in Manitou Springs, CO where I had in depth studies on the Christian World View. It is through this program that my theological understanding and faith matured and I learned how to defend my faith in a fallen world through apologetics. I have been actively involved in my church, women’s Bible Studies, women’s ministries and choir in all the places I’ve lived as an adult. I am a firm believer in “The Golden Rule” and strive to always make my decisions based on how Christ would have me respond and what I would want if I were in another person’s shoes.
About: I was born and raised in Dahlonega, GA but have “traveled the country” as an adult living in seven different states. I have three wonderful children who keep me on my toes as they are all in their mid to late teens. I value honesty, integrity and being my true self with those around me.
Interests: I have a wide variety of interests that include cooking and baking, sewing, gardening, reading and building things. I love being outside in God’s creation and find my happy place in nature whether enjoying a beautiful day or watching wildlife, hiking or just taking in “the view”.
Did You Know? I have a love for power tools and enjoy a good stroll through the hardware store or Home Depot.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible was written by men and inspired by God. It is the revelation of God to people and by it we understand God’s purpose for us. The Bible has God as its author, salvation for its end, and is truth without any mixture of error. It is the standard by which all human conduct and religious opinions should be measured. (2 Timothy 3:16)
God is all-powerful, all loving, and all wise. He is the one true God and creator of all that exists. God is forever existent in three persons, yet being one God; God the Father, God the son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit. God is Father in truth to those who become part of God’s family through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the incarnation of God as a human being, born to the virgin Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit. Jesus completely revealed and accomplished the will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature and identifying Himself completely with humankind, yet without sin, or any prideful separation from God. He honored God’s teachings by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of humans from alienation from God. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted with God where He is mediator for people. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate his redemptive mission.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is God in His abiding, personal presence. He leads those separated from God to salvation through Christ. He lives in all believers, allowing them to walk with God forever from the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit cultivates God’s character in his followers. He leads believers to understand biblical truth, empowers them for godly living, gives them spiritual gifts and equips them to accomplish God’s purposes, the good of others and their own fulfillment. (John 14:15-21, 26; 16:5-16)
People were created by God in his image and are the crowning work of God’s creation. Part of being created in God’s image means each person has been endowed with freedom of choice. By that free choice each person has chosen self determination over God’s will and suffers alienation from God because of that self will. Being created in God’s image also means we human beings have built into our being the ability to respond to God. This potential to commune with God offers us hope for a better life here and eternal life hereafter. (Genesis 1:26-31)
Sin is any attitude or act that reorients one’s life away from God. Sin may best be seen as a direction of life into self and away from God. Therefore, the attitudes of human pride and self-sufficiency move us away from God and are sinful. Prideful acts are a symptom of that self-centered, or self-sufficient direction. The life of sin is the life lived without regard for the Creator’s desire for relationship and purposes for our life. (Romans 1:21-25) This life always leads to eternal separation (called, hell) unless the person responds to God’s invitation to a new and dependent relationship in Christ.
Salvation refers to being reconciled, or set into right relationship with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice to pay the consequences of our broken relationship. God’s gift of salvation involves the redemption of the whole being, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus’ action on our behalf. Salvation is a process that includes spiritual birth (or, theologically speaking, regeneration) e.g., John 3:16, spiritual maturity (or, sanctification), e.g., 2 Corinthians 3:18, and final blessed eternal state of the redeemed (or, glorification), e.g., Revelation 21:1-22:5.
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as a symbol of the believer’s faith in a risen Savior. The symbolic act represents the new believer dying to self (being immersed) and being raised to new life with the resurrected Jesus to spend eternity with our Heavenly Father. Baptism also reflects the reality of the disciple now being ‘immersed’ in the resurrected life of Jesus and in the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:3-7)
A Church is a local body of believers who are joined in following Christ and expressing our faith. Believers who are joined together in a local church express their faith in Christ by practicing two specific expressions of our faith; baptism and The Lord’s Supper. A local church is committed to the teachings of Jesus, worshiping in Spirit and truth, supporting each other in every way, and helping all people grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. (Acts 2 42-47)
Spiritual growth is the process of becoming more like Jesus in our thoughts, attitudes and actions. Through this process the Holy Spirit indwells the believer and leads them to a greater sense of surrender to God and dependence on God. The growing disciple will experience changes in thought and action. (Colossians 3:1-17) The indwelling Holy Spirit leads the believer toward spiritual completeness, a process that is called ‘sanctification’. Sanctification pictures a person being transformed by the ever-increasing expression of God’s character in the disciple’s life. (Galatians 5:22-26) This process makes one holy, or a saint.
Dahlonega Baptist is honored to partner with organizations in our community that are dedicated to serving people in need.
Northern Star is a life-skills program for teen and young adults that aids in successful transition from a group home to independent adult living.
Community Helping Place
CHP addresses with care and compassion the needs of people in Lumpkin County.
NGA Interfaith Ministries
North Georgia Interfaith Ministries serves the homeless of Lumpkin County.
Side By Side
A one day event uniting Lumpkin County churches of all denominations to serve our community.