Pastors, Staff, Elders, and Deacons

Wayne Strickland

Lead Pastor / Elder

I'm Wayne Strickland and I am married to the love of my life, Debbie Strickland.  We have 4 amazing children,  3 amazing bonus children, and 7 wonderful Grandchildren.  We are so honored and blessed to be a part of Bethany, and we look forward to growing together, serving and loving God together, and serving and loving you!  

Christy Simmons

Administrative Assistant - Treasurer

I'm Christy Simmons, and I am the wife to a loving man, Michael Simmons and mother to a wonderful daughter.  As a believer and follower of Jesus, I prayed for many years on where God wanted me to be used for His Kingdom.  Having worked in various fields, I prayed for any position that would work around a school schedule.    While waiting on God to provide that "perfect" job, I began volunteering at church as our daughter had just started pre-K.  In 2012, a staff position became available.  I am grateful that I have been able to serve Him with the talents/gifts I was given.  I am truly blessed to work in an environment where we are all focused on and working towards the same goal, showing the Love of Jesus to others.  I love spending quality time with my family, serving at church events, crocheting and other crafts.

Johnny Casteel

Worship Leader


Jordan Keeter

Student / Next Generation Pastor

I'm Jordan Keeter and I have been serving with the teens for over ten years in many different roles.  I have a passion for pouring into teenagers and helping them find their identity in Christ to become disciples of Jesus!  I am happily married to Jaymi and we have 3 beautiful children ranging from elementary to high school.  I enjoy nature, baseball, and college football.  Go Dawgs!

Jaymi Keeter

Kids Pastor

I'm Jaymi Keeter, and I have been in Kid's Ministry since 2013.  I grew up serving as an intern in Kid's Ministry, and I've always had the heart and passion to see kids come to Jesus.  I am married to the love of my life and have 3 beautiful children.  I have a love for chocolate, the beach, anything crafty, and iced coffee!

Tracy Blackburn


I'm Tracy Blackburn and I'm married to Lynn.  We have a son, Michael, who just recently married Emma.  We are also the proud parents of Rocky, Lady, and Fiona; the three best dogs in the world.  I have served as an Elder, here at Bethany, for many years, and I teach an Adult Bible Study on Wednesday Night at 7:00.  We look forward to continuing to grow together with you, in Christ, as we serve Him here at Bethany.

Billy Hembree



Rick Priest


I'm Rick Priest, and I am married to my wife Rose.  We have been serving at Bethany for 20+ years.  We both have served in many different areas over the years.  We hope to continue serving for years to come.

Gerry Luke


I'm Gerry Luke and I have been married to my wife, Brittany for 7 years.  We have 7 wonderful children and 1 amazing granddaughter.  We've been a part of our Bethany family for 6 years and we have truly been blessed to be able to serve God and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Randy Austin


I'm Randy Austin.  Pat and I have been married for 47 years, and we've been at Bethany for about 47 years.  I started by coming to Bethany for VBS when I was younger.  We have 1 son, 2 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.  We look forward to worshipping with you and serving you.

Ronnie McGuire


I'm Ronnie McGuire and I have been married to my wife, Shirley, for 45 years.  We have 4 children,  15 grandchildren,  and 6 great grandchildren.   We have been worshipping at Bethany for over 40 years.  I am blessed to be able to serve as one of the Elders at Bethany.  I retired in October of 2023, and that has opened doors for me to be able to spend more time serving God's people.  If I have not met you, would you please introduce yourself.  I would love to meet you! 

Todd Pownall



David McGuire


 My name is David McGuire.  I am one of the Deacons, here at Bethany.  I am 44 years old and I enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities.  I enjoy working with our teens in our BCC Student Ministry.  I also serve as one of our youth worship team members.  If you see me around, as me about my testimony and I can share the glory of God with you and what He's done in my life.

Andy Root



Eddie Day


I'm Eddie Day.  I have been married to my wife, Jeanne for 16 years.  We have 5 wonderful children and 2 grandchildren.  We have been a part of our Bethany family for 20+ years.  We love our Bethany family and love serving, and worshipping our Lord and Savior.

Tony Taylor


 I'm Tony Taylor, and I've been married to my wife, Shelly, for 32 years.  We have 1 daughter and we have been at Bethany for 14 years.  We consider it such a blessing to be able to serve at Bethany.  We consider Bethany much more than our church, but also our family.  We look forward to continuing to serve, worship, and gather with our church family.

Pat Floyd



Dean Oliver



David Lucas

Deacon Helper

 Hello, I am David Lucas, and I've been married to my Wife, Karen Lucas, for 26 years. We relocated from California to Dallas, Georgia in December 2021.
We are both retired from the U.S. Postal Service. I served in the U.S. Air Force as a Security Specialist. We have been attending Bethany Christian Church for approximately 2 years. Karen is also  the Sunday morning Women's Bible School Teacher.

Brad Crofts

Deacon Helper


Daniel Thomas

Deacon Helper



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