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Rev. Steve Baccus

Senior Pastor

Spouse: Donna Jo

Pastor Jake Barrett

Associate Pastor

Spouse: Ellen Barrett

Children: Gracie, John David, Will, and Sam

Education: UAB and Memphis Theological Seminary

Favorite Pastime: Hangin’ with my wife and kids. Playing my guitar and singing.

Favorite Books: The Bible and Captivated by Shannon Form Passion in Life : Seeking Revival

Interesting Fact: I find most cheese disgusting, with the acceptation of mozzarella (pizza cheese). But I “love" mom, sports, and apple pie!


Ian Sullivan

Youth Pastor

Spouse: Julia Sansom

Education: Huntingdon College

Favorite Pastime: Basketball

Favorite Book: The Bible

Passion in Life: Reaching students with the gospel

Interesting Fact: Julia and I have the same birthday!


Amy Sizemore

Director of Children's and Communications

Spouse : Jamie

Children: Mary-Grace & Bret

Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Favorite Pastime: Traveling with my family.

Favorite Book(s): The Jesus Story Book Bible and Miss Nelson is Missing.

Passion in Life: Giving Kids Jesus.

Interesting Fact: I married my Junior High Sweetheart!


Mike Irons

Pastor of Visitation

Spouse: Pam Irons - married 36 years

Children: Three sons and daughter-in-loves and six grandchildren:

Derek and Leslie Irons, Luke, Alex and Kate

Deron and Katie Irons, Maggie

Daryl and Haley Irons, Cleat and Cale

Interesting Fact: Retired from 35 years in pastoral ministry

Favorite Pastime: Reading and attending sporting events

Favorite Book: Bible

Passion: Pastoring God's people


Jim Jeffreys

Director of Missions

Spouse: Diana Jeffreys

Children: 3 daughters and 12 grandchildren

Interesting Fact: Served 6 years in the US Navy, Retired from Spalding Sports World Wide Golf Division, Part-owner of a Golf Course 1980-1990 and built 6 homes and remodeled 9 homes.

Favorite Pastime: Lake Activities, Golf and Building things

Favorite Book:Bible and books wrttien by Max Lucado


Billy and Ginny Hughes

Worship Leaders: Blended and Traditional Services

Children: Lauren and Alec


(Billy) University of Montevallo-Bachelor of Music Education/Bachelor of Science in Driver and Traffic Safety with double minor in English and sociology

(Ginny) Bachelor of Science in Music Education - University of Alabama

Favortire Pastime:

(Billy) working in the yard, reading,

(Ginny) Crafting, Netflix


(Billy) James Patterson Novels, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Alas Babylon by Pat Frank, Louis L’Amour novels (of which I have an extensive leather bound collection), The Living Bible

(Ginny) Anything written by Anne George Billy and I have a long running joke - he will ask if I’ve read a certain book and I’ll answer that I saw the movie.


(Billy) Teaching, Coaching young adults, helping others discover happiness in their lives despite their personal circumstances, Family

(Ginny) Teaching others to use their God given talents, Family

Interersting Fact:

(Billy) At one time I owned several horses, approaching 600 match wins as a wrestling coach, love to travel

(Ginny) I was a soloist with the New Orleans Symphony in College. I wanted to dance and sing on Broadway until I taught my first choir class while observing in college.




Debbie Moore

Business Administrator

Spouse: Bart

Children: Dalton, Bailey and Kaylon

Favorite Book (s): Not necessarily my favorite, but I did enjoy Weird : Because Normal Isn't Working and Same Kind of Different as Me

Passion in Life: My kids. I’m so proud of the people they have become. It’s exciting to see the Lord working through them.

Interesting Fact: I’m not that interesting but I never thought I would be where I am today. I was a full time Realtor for 4 years.


Kimberly Peeples

Financial Secretary

Spouce: Ben Peoples

Children: Harrison, Morgan and Charlee Anne

Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Favorite Pastime:Travel

Favorite Book: Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst

Passion in Life: Trying to raise my children to love Jesus and others.

Interesting Fact: I lived in Spain for three years while my husband was active duty and my son was born there.


Rachel Hodges

Ministry Assistant

Spouse: Brad Hodges

Children: Riley & Evan

Education: Virginia College/Interior Design

Favorite Pastime: Spending time at the lake with my family and painting.

Passion in Life: I have found my passion in life through serving others. God is opening up my eyes to who HE wants me to be through each person that comes into my life and situation that I face. I have found once you let go of your life and give it ALL to God and listen to what he wants you to do each day (even if it is out of your comfort zone), he will transform you into more than you can ever imagine! The greatest joy in life is to help someone that you know can never repay you.


Jennifer Attaway

Ministry Assistant/Communications

Spouse: Matt Attaway

Children: Jackson and Charla Grace

Interesting Fact: I’m a Registered Nurse

Favorite Pastime: Crafting

Favorite Book: The Bible

Passion: I love being a mom. I feel so blessed that someone actually calls me ‘mom’. My passion is to teach my children how to really love the Lord with their whole heart. My favorite quote from Andy Stanley is “Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise” WOW!! That speaks volumes to me.


Kay Moman

Child Enrichment Center Director

Spouse: Anthony

Children: Chris, Kimberly, Burnon, Preston

Interesting Fact: Has worked in Child Care for 35 years with the last 19 years here at Child Enrichment Center

Favorite Pastime: being with my 4 grandchildren and crocheting for others

Favorite Book(s): Books on prayer and Christain romance

Passion: for children to know that Jesus loves them and will be with them as they grow up.


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