At Woodland Park, we believe that the only correct Biblical form of church government is that Christ is the head of the church. Therefore, it is not the job of earthly leaders to make decisions, but to seek the Lord and to follow His lead. Hopefully every church has this as its goal, but we believe following Christ as the head is best accomplished with a plurality of elders seeking His will. Two Biblical principles are key to this objective being realized – plurality (multiple leadership), and unanimity (all sensing the same leading from the Lord). An increasing number of Southern Baptist churches are recognizing the value of elder-directed church government. Constitutionally, WPBC recognizes both lay and vocational elders. While members do not have a vote on every decision, they always have a voice, and it is crucial to our philosophy of elders that members always feel free to bring a matter to the elders’ attention. In addition to the gentlemen below who are active on the General Council of Elders, all our other pastors, as well as lay elders who have rotated off the general council (not removed for disciplinary reasons), are recognized as part of the larger “elder body,” though not part of the ruling council.

To voice your question or concern, please feel free to send an e-mail to the General Council of Elders via elders@woodlandpark.org.

Dr. Wayne A. Barber

Wayne Barber became our Senior Pastor in February 2011. In reality, he became our Senior Pastor AGAIN! For 18 years (1981-1999), he was pastor of Woodland Park in Chattanooga, TN.  For 14 of those years, he had the privilege of being co-teacher with Kay Arthur at Precept Ministries. During that tenure he studied with Dr. Spiros Zodhiates and co-hosted the national radio and TV program “New Testament Light” for ten years. Wayne has taught the message of “Living Grace” which is “Christ in you the hope of glory” around the world.  He is president, founder, and principal speaker of Living Grace Ministries.  He was Sr. Pastor of Hoffmantown Church in Albuquerque, NM from March 2002 until January 2011.  In February of 2011, he returned to Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN as Sr. Pastor. Wayne has authoredseveral books, the most recent one published by Broadman and Holman is entitled Living Grace: Letting Jesus Be Jesus In You. He has also co-authored the Following God series of studies published by AMG.

He is a graduate of Mars Hill College. He attended Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.  He received an honorary doctorate from North Florida Baptist Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida and Covington Theological Seminary in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Wayne and his wife, Diana, have been married since 1969.  He has two children and six wonderful grandchildren. Wayne enjoys the great outdoors and is an avid hunter and fisherman.

Wes Bowman

Wes Bowman has been a member of Woodland Park Baptist Church since 1994. During those years he has served in leadership positions in both adult ministries and student ministries. He has also served on the board of directors of the Eleuthera Bible Training Center and Caribbean Ministries Association. He presently serves as a Woodland Park deacon on the student leadership team where his focus is with the Junior High. Wes graduated from the University of  Tennessee in 1983 with a B.S. in Management and went on to complete four years of Electrical Apprenticeship School. Today, along with his brother, Greg, he is co-owner of Nabco Electric Company. Wes and his wife, Rebekah, have been blessed with five children: David, Caitlin, Luke, Noah, and Cameron.

Bobby Dalrymple

Bobby Dalrymple has been a part of Woodland Park Baptist Church since 2000. During this time he has served in many areas of Adult Ministry and is a graduate of SALT (Servant Approach Leadership Training). Bobby serves as chairman of the Adult Bible Fellowship Ministry Council, as well as being a Bible Fellowship Ministry deacon. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Electrical Engineering and works at TVA. He and his wife, April, have two children Kelsey and Aaron.

David Lawson

David has served on the staff of Precept Ministries International since 1982 after working as a police officer with the Atlanta Police Department and serving as a pastor in churches in the Atlanta area. He presently serves as Director of Church and Ministry Relations for Precept Ministries International. David has coauthored some of the New Inductive Study Series (NISS) and 40-Minute Bible Studies and is a featured speaker in Precept Upon Precept videos. David has a passion to see the church of Jesus Christ make disciples, believing that this starts people on the path of learning to study the Scriptures for themselves. He and his wife, B.J., were married in 1976 and have two daughters.

Trevor Overcash

Trevor Overcash - Elder Candidate

Trevor Overcash grew up in a solidly Christian home and accepted Christ as Savior when he was five years old. After moving to Tennessee he attended elementary, high school, and college at Tennessee Temple where he met and married his wife, Lori. After graduation, both Lori and Trevor began ministry at AMG International. Trevor continues to serve at AMG Publishers as its Operations Manager. During that time, they began attending Woodland Park Baptist Church and have been here nearly 20 years. In 2001, Trevor enrolled in Timothy School (now called the SALT Institute) and completed the course of study in 2002. Since that time, Trevor serves the SALT Institute as a coach, faculty member, and deacon and is passionate about investing in discipleship. In 2005 Lori and Trevor helped to establish Hope & Help International, a ministry outreach to indigenous pastors in India. In 2007 Trevor began serving with Hope & Help International to teach and train rural pastors in India where annually thirty pastors are equipped and trained for ministry in their local areas. Trevor has worked with more than 80 pastors since 2007 to focus on encouraging indigenous leaders to reach their own people. Presently, Trevor serves in the Singles Ministry teaching the Single Point Fellowship Connection class.