The English term “pastor” appears only once in the New Testament (Ephesians 4:11). The root Greek word though appears almost thirty times and has as its core meaning to “shepherd.” While this is one of the elder functions, congregations traditionally have associated the term with those who serve the Lord vocationally. The central purpose given to pastors in Ephesians 4 is to “equip the saints for the work of service.” Biblically speaking, it is not the job of pastors to do all the work of the church. Rather, it is their job to prepare all believers to serve the Lord as He has gifted them. At Woodland Park, we believe that pastors must be called of the Lord and must fulfill the Biblical qualifications for an elder. They are supported financially so as to devote themselves fully to the work of the Lord.
Carl is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Seminary and has local church experience as well as decades of working with kids with children’s homes; most recently he served as the director of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home in Chattanooga. Carl joined our staff full-time in December 2014 along with his wife Chris, and we are thrilled to have them on board serving the families and kids of Woodland Park. Carl understands the impact and role that parents play in the lives of their children, and he desires to come alongside to train and equip parents in their journey. Carl also has a heart to disciple men and leads classes and Bible studies with men in their roles as they serve their family, church, and work. Did we mention he is related to Dr. Wayne Barber? He would want us to clarify...no blood relation!
Justin joined the staff of Woodland Park in March of 2016 after serving in student ministry for six years in his home state of Mississippi. He surrendered his life to Christ at the age of twenty-one and experienced a radical life transformation, which fuels his passion for student ministry. He is passionate about helping hurting people find hope in the love of God and also helping students connect their faith in Jesus to every area of their life. Justin and his wife, LeAnne, have a daughter named Ellie Jane.
Bruce has been an active part of Woodland Park Baptist Church since 1990. In 2004 he joined our support staff team as Mission Ministry Assistant serving alongside Larry Frick and our Mission Council. He has faithfully led the Barnabas Bible Fellowship for a number of years and invested in the lives of many within the body at Woodland Park. In the fall of 2011 the Elders, after recognizing Bruce’s giftedness and ministry skills, approached Bruce about transitioning to the Pastoral position of Chaplain. This position carries the responsibility of the pastoral care ministry through hospital visitation and through visiting and praying with those in physical need. In times of bereavement, the Chaplain is the “first responder”, coming alongside the family to minister to their specific needs during a time of loss. Bruce also shepherds the Senior Adults of the church by encouraging them to finish well through realizing their spiritual gifts and the importance of their integral service to the body of Christ. Bruce graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a BS in Biology and graduated from Tennessee Temple Seminary with a Master of Religious Education. He has been married to Vicki since 1975, and they have three adult children and seven grandchildren.
Carey joined the pastoral team in October of 2011 after serving as a Worship Pastor in Niceville, Florida, for six years. He has oversight of the broad spectrum of the Praise and Worship ministry, in addition to special events that help Woodland Park in accomplishing its objectives for ministry. These include choir, orchestra, praise teams, hand bells, drama, technical support, and media support. Carey has best communicated his vision for ministry with the following statement, “Ministry has privileged me to serve in a variety of church sizes, structures, and leadership styles. Each place of service has taught me invaluable lessons in the importance of a God-centered vision, focused ministry goals, discipling of leadership and participants, and excellence in all things for the cause of Christ.” He has a BA in Music Education from the University of South Alabama and pursued a Master of Divinity degree with Music Concentration at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary until 1994 when he accepted a ministry position in Lakeland, FL He is married to Amy, and they have four children.
Steve joined the pastoral staff team in 1990 after a 20 year career in business management. Since coming to Woodland Park, he has served in several roles including Family Ministries, Discipleship Counseling and most recently as our Business Administrator. As Adult Ministries Pastor, Steve returns to a more intentional role of shepherding and counseling, a growing desire of his heart during these latter years of ministry. Steve has been blessed to be associated with the Christian Literature Crusade, having written The Calvary Road – Study Guide; a companion to Roy Hession’s classic book by the same name. Steve's wife, Pam, entered the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 after a three-year long journey with end-stage idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and a lung transplant. Steve has two adult children and three grandchildren.
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Eddie joined the staff of Woodland Park in 1989 after serving seven years on the staff of CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). He has authored or co-authored several books, including many in the Following God series of studies published by AMG. He has also written numerous other publications. He currently serves as Senior Associate Pastor and oversees the staff and support staff. He is also responsible for the School of Discipleship (Sunday and Wednesday night equipping courses), the Leadership Community, and the SALT Institute (our two-year leadership training program). He and his wife, Michele, reside in Chattanooga and have four adult children.
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