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Shane Roberson

Senior Pastor

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See Pastor's Page for more information about Pastor Shane and how to contact him. 

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David Sharpton

Executive Pastor/Pastor of Education & Evangelism

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Born February 5 in Duluth, GA

Accepted Christ: July 29, 1984

Education: University of Georgia and attended Luther Rice Seminary

Ministry Experience: Hebron Baptist Church, Hebron Institute of Church Growth – 20 years

Been at MBC since 2006

Family: My wife, Donna is grace in the flesh. We were married in 1976.
My children are Jeremy, married to Melissa with two children, Raegan and Henry; Daniel, married to Whitney with two children, Brynn and Briggs; John Mark, married to Chaning with one child, Margo.

My life verse is: Psalms 126:5&6

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Philip Council

Worship Pastor

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Born April 27 in Toccoa, GA

Accepted Christ: January 2nd, 2006

Education: Two Years of Music Education at Toccoa Falls College and Obtained Addictions and Recovery Counseling Certification with the AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors) with Light University (a branch of Liberty University)

Ministry Experience: Music Pastor at Church of the Apostles, North in Dawsonville, GA - 3 years; Program and Industries Director at The Jericho House - 2 years; Celebrate Recovery Leader since January 2013.

Been a member of MBC since 2012. Just began serving on staff April 24, 2016.

Family: My wife, Melissa, and I were married May 30, 2003. She has been a sincere example of God's grace and mercy, sticking with me through the good and the bad. We first joined MBC after attending the Celebrate Recovery Ministry at MBC. The congregation quickly became our family and loved us through the hard times. On January 2nd, 2006 I gave my life to Christ which began a hard road out of a lifestyle of addiction. Since then God has regenerated my heart and is restoring our family. We are grateful to have this opportunity to serve and give back to this body of Christ the love, grace and mercy it so willingly gave us.

We have 5 amazing children - Abbey, Moriah, Ashlynne, Seth and Norah Jane.

Favorite passage of Scripture: Titus 3:3-7

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Judy Clay

A Hand Up Ministry/Senior Adult Director

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Born Aug. 26 in Commerce Ga.

Accepted Christ at Hebron Baptist Church at their first Starlight Crusade, May 10, 1985

Education:  Bass High School in Atlanta 1970 and Attended Gainesville College

Ministry Experience:  25+ years in Student Ministry. I have served 2 yrs as Student Ministry volunteer, 3 as ministry assistant to students, and 15 years as Director of Middle School Ministry at Hebron Church and 7 years Director of Student Ministry at Maysville. I have also served as GBC Youth Ministers Vice President for 4 year, GBC Youth Ministers President for 4 years, and GBC Student Ministry Network Assistant Head Coach/Coach for 12 years.

Family:  My husband, Richard Clay, is an outstanding husband and father. He is my partner in ministry and he is truly my better half. We were married in 1970. We have 2 sons, both of adult age. Our son Lee is a firefighter in DeKalb County and is married to Angela. They gave us two children, Elizabeth and Conner. Tim is a police officer for Banks County and is single. 

My life verse:  John 3:30

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Nate Trawick

Middle School Director

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Born - March 28

I grew up in church. I was baptized when I was little. God changed my life on March 4, 2011, when I realized that being saved meant more than being religious. I pray that God uses me to help students realize the truths of the Gospel.

Education - Working on it… I graduated from Jefferson High School in 2014. I spent three years at Liberty University studying Biology my freshman year, and then, after deciding to follow God’s leading in my life, I switched my major to Biblical studies. I am now living at home with my parents (more on them later…) and will finish my degree through Leavell College (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Undergraduate College) studying Christian Ministry with minors in Pastoral Ministry and Youth Ministry.

Ministry Experience –

2014-2016 Prayer and Life Group Leader (Liberty University’s name for the students who lead small groups and disciple peers on their halls)

2016-2017 Resident Shepherd – Liberty University’s name for residence hall chaplain (think Residential Assistant (RA) but for spiritual life). I loved this ministry.  As a chaplain, I got to disciple and minister to the guys on my hall. I also had the privilege of leading, discipling, and serving with the Prayer and Life Group Leaders on my hall.

Family – My mom (Amy) and dad (Jeff) are AWESOME! If it wasn’t for them I would not be here – in more ways than one. My sister (Lizzy) is a great friend and encourager. My fiancé, Emily, is truly a blessing and my best friend. We have been dating for 5 years (yes, we are high school sweethearts!), and it has been awesome seeing God work in our lives.

Life Verse - But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved! Ephesians 2:4-5

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Chris Porter

Children's Pastor

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Born: March 1991

Education: Toccoa Falls College

Ministry Experience: Pine Grove Baptist Church, youth ministry 4 years: Rock Springs Baptist Church, 3 years Pastor

Family: My wife, Renee is my sweetheart and closest friend.

My life verse is: Philippians 1:21."For me to live is Christ, to die is gain!" This verse applies to parenting and developing a godly home. When Christ is exalted and enjoyed in the home children flourish. Our desire is to come along side parents and help them disciple their children!

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Karyn Wilburn

Preschool Director

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Born December 11, Athens, Georgia and have lived in Georgia all of my life.

Accepted Christ during revival at the age of 9 and lived for Him for 20 years working my little heart out! But after hearing a clear presentation of the gospel and realizing that works have nothing to do with my eternal security, I gave my whole heart to Him in 2001 at the age of 39. I am so thankful for that perfect peace that comes from knowing that His grace is sufficient for me!

Education:  Winder Barrow High School in 1979, Attended the University of Georgia before becoming a mommy!


Ministry Experience:  I have served in children’s ministry for 33 years, since the age of 17 -- directing children’s choir, leading children’s worship, and teaching Sunday School. I have also taught three-year-olds at a Christian Preschool for 26 years.

Been at MBC since September 2006.

Family:  My husband, Keith, is who I prayed for since I was a little girl. We have been married for since 1981. My children are Shane and his wife Erin; & Brannan and his wife Tara and their son, Titus.

My life verse is: Isaiah 26:3-4 

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Penny Holloway

Assistant to Senior Pastor

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Born January 4 in Pell City, Alabama
Accepted Christ at Cropwell Baptist Church, August 1995

Education:  Graduated from Pell City High School, 1987, Attended Gadsden State

Ministry Experience: Worked at Cropwell Baptist Church, as finance secretary for two years and Senior Pastor /Administrative Assistant for 7 years.  Served on staff at MBC since January 2009.

Been at MBC since September 2005

Family:  I’m married to my best friend, Jeff Holloway. We have been married since 1990 and have two wonderful daughters; Addie and Jillian.

My life verse is: Proverbs 3:5-6. 

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Rebekah McDowell

Finance Assistant

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Born in Lawrenceville, GA

Accepted Christ March 16, 2014 after thinking for 23 years I was saved.  The Lord convicted me during a morning service here at Maysville letting me know that I had been "playing church" for long enough.  I'm so thankful that God is a patient God and still speaks in that small voice after so many years.

Education: Attended North Georgia College and received my degree in Accounting

Been at MBC since 2010

Family:  I am married to my high school sweetheart and best friend, Richie McDowell and we have been married for 18 years.  We have two handsome boys, Cody who is 15 and Ty who is 11.  Richie and the boys enjoy hunting and fishing and the boys are members of the Archery 4H club.  Richie works for the Duluth Post Office and runs a lawn care business on the side.  I own a kids consignment sale as well that I do twice a year.  I enjoy running and have run several half marathons and one full marathon.  I'm a huge Disney fan and just a kid at heart.

My life verse:  Philippians 4:13

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Jennifer Johnson

Ministry Assistant

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Born July 21 in Orlando, Florida
Accepted Christ: April 28, 2010 here at MBC

Education:  Graduated from North Gwinnett High, 1995

Ministry Experience: At MBC since August 2007 as a Ministry Assistant. Have been serving in the choir for 5 years and have helped teach Middle School girls for over two years.

Been at MBC since 2003

Family:  My husband, Lamar Johnson, is a great husband and father. We have been married since 1999. We have a 2 children, Cheyenne and Dalton.

My life verse is: Philippians 4:13 –"I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me."

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Loette Fischer

Receptionist

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Born August 2 in Hastings, Nebraska

Accepted Christ: August 2001

Education:  Graduated from High School in 1954 and Nurses Training in 1957

Ministry Experience: Worked as a volunteer from 2003 – 2010 at MBC.  Served on staff at MBC since September 2010.  Actively involved in FAITH visitation for 14 years, served as a Sunday School assistant for 5th Grade for five years and a choir member for five years.

Been at MBC since 2002

Family:  Married to Don Fischer for 43 years who is now present with the Lord.  Children: Craig who is married to Andrea; Michael who is married to DeLisa and have two children Ashley and Jackson

My life verse: II Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

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Abe Brown

Director of Facilities

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Born May 6 in Commerce, GA
Accepted Christ at Ridgecrest NC @ a youth retreat when I was 15

Education:  Commerce High School 1974 / Attended Mars Hill College in North Carolina

Ministry Experience:  Been on staff at MBC for 7 years

Family: My wife, Robbin, is a graduate of UGA. We were married in 1983.  We have 3 children: Colton, Logan (married to Josh Farmer), and Whitney (married to Daniel Sharpton).

My life verse is: Isaiah 40:31

Jay Moore

Custodian

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Justin Lewallen

Student Pastor

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Justin is married to the love of his life, Alicia Lewallen. They celebrated their 13th Anniversary on May 21. They have been blessed with two wonderful sons, Caleb and Joshua. Caleb is 8 years old and is finishing 3rd grade. Joshua is 7 and is finishing 1st grade. As a family, they enjoy camping, kayaking, hunting and fishing.

Justin graduated from East Hall High School in 2002. While in high school, he played baseball, football, and golf. He graduated from Gainesville College with an Associates Degree in General Studies. He is currently enrolled at Leavell College through New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is studying Christian Ministry with a minor in Youth Ministry. 

Justin prayed to receive Christ and was baptized while attending Woodlawn Baptist Church as a child. At 16, Justin realized he was not living a life that honored God and he rededicated his life to serving God. He answered the call to ministry in 2008. He served at Flat Creek Baptist Church in Oakwood as a Bi-vocational Youth Pastor for 4 ½ years. In 2013 he became the Fulltime Youth Pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he has served for the last five years. He loves to see teenagers live as passionate followers of Christ. His desire is to see teenagers and their families embrace the call on all of our lives to “make disciples of all nations.”

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Mark Thomas

College/Carer/Single Adult Pastor

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Born: December 16, in Tucker GA

Accepted Christ: July 22nd 2007 at MBC

Education: Graduated from North Georgia Technical College in 2000 and received a Masters of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2015.

Ministry Experience: Taught Sunday School and worked in the College and Career at MBC from 2007-2011; Pastor of Central Baptist Church in Weatherford TX from 2012-2014; Pastor of Baldwin Baptist Church in Baldwin GA from 2014-2018

Family: I married my beautiful wife Brandi on March 13, 2004. We have four wonderful children; Noah age 11, Emileigh age 7, Anna Reese age 3, and Jeremiah age 1

Life Verse: Gen. 12:1   Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.”