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Kyle Walker

Senior Pastor

Biography

Kyle Walker first felt God’s calling to preach and pastor while in junior high. His call to ministry led him to become a leader in his youth group in Columbus, Mississippi as well as at First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa while attending the University of Alabama. Several years, first as a student and then in numerous leadership positions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, have brought Kyle through God’s leading to be the recommended candidate as the next pastor at Cartersville First Baptist Church.

A native of Americus, Georgia, Kyle moved to Mississippi as a freshman in high school. In 2005 he received his first ministerial experience as summer youth activities director at East End Baptist Church in Columbus. He would go on to serve the next year as a pastoral intern at Fairview Baptist Church, also in Columbus, before becoming a college ministry intern at First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama from 2006-07.

After graduating from Alabama in 2007 with a degree in Organizational Leadership, Kyle earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in Preaching/Systematic Theology at Southwestern. On December 26, 2010, he was ordained to the ministry by Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus, Mississippi.

After completing his time as a student at SWBTS, Kyle was asked in April 2010 to stay in Fort Worth as Director of Admissions. He would keep that role for several years and during that time also serve as a pastoral associate at Tate Springs Baptist Church in Arlington from 2010-2012.

In March 2014, Kyle began his tenure as Dean of Students at Southwestern, a title he’d keep until attaining his current position as Vice President for Student Services in February 2017. While in those leadership roles, he also served as an adjunct professor of preaching (spring 2015) and assistant professor of preaching (May 2015-present). In addition, Kyle and his wife, Lauren, co-taught a newlywed class at Tate Springs Baptist Church from 2014-16. Kyle also served as interim pastor of First Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas, from April 2016-March 2017.

The author of “Let the Text Talk: Preaching that Treats the Text on its Own Terms,” Kyle is a member of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and Evangelical Theological Society. In August 2012 he was presented with the President’s Thanksgiving Award at Southwestern Seminary.

During his preaching ministry over the last four years, Kyle has presented the Gospel and trained preachers throughout Texas, Mississippi and Alabama as well as in the states of Kentucky, Oklahoma, Missouri, Georgia, New Mexico, and Virginia. Internationally, he’s preached and taught in the Grand Cayman Islands, United Kingdom, Korea, Myanmar, Mexico, and India.

Kyle, 34 years old, feels a call to minister to the whole church but certainly to reach the next generation with the Gospel and train up future ministers. He and Lauren will celebrate their 11th anniversary in June.

Lauren has served as a children’s ministry intern at First Baptist Tuscaloosa. She taught first grade in Texas for four years before becoming a full-time mom. Lauren is now pursuing the Master of Theological Studies at Southwestern, where she also serves as president of the Southwestern Women’s club and as a mentor for student wives. Kyle and Lauren are members of Travis Avenue Baptist Church.

They have three children: Taylor Grace, 6; Libby Anne, 4; and Clay Kyle, 2.

Ministerial Staff

 
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Jamie Azar

Preschool Ministry Director

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Jamie came on staff at CFBC in December of 2017 as the Preschool Ministry Director. After graduating from Bob Jones University, with an Elementary Education degree, she taught school for three years before transitioning into church ministry education. Jamie served for over six years as the Weekday Education Director, for 13 years as a Children’s Ministry Director, and two years as a missionary in Japan. Jamie and her late husband, Sam, have two adult children and three grandchildren. Helping children learn about Jesus is Jamie's passion. It brings her great joy to hear that children love to come to church! Spending time with her family and friends is what Jamie loves to do when she is not serving at CFBC.

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Danny Barker

Minister of Pastoral Care

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Danny first joined the staff of CFBC in 1996, and is now serving as the Minister of Pastoral Care and Staff Advisor to Senior Adults. He and his wife, Kathy, desire to minister to the families of CFBC and to build lasting relationships. They also enjoy spending time with their two grown children and three grandchildren. Danny counts it a joy and privilege to serve alongside the wonderful staff that God has put together here at CFBC. As an alumnus of Berry College, Liberty University, and Luther Rice Seminary, Danny has been serving churches in Georgia for 50 years.

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Royce Bishop

Minister of Discipleship

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Royce has served in full time vocational ministry for over 30 years.   He is a graduate of the University of Louisville and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  In 2016,  Royce and his wife Lisa served as missionaries in the Dominican Republic.  His passion for ministry is to grow churches through discipleship and missions participation,  building meaningful relationships which are rooted in the love of Christ. Another of his passions is family.  As parents of four grown sons, Royce and Lisa have been blessed  to welcome four daughters-in-law and sixteen grandchildren to their family over the past several years.   Royce loves sports and traveling, especially mission trips.   

 

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Kyle Clayton

Student Minister

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The Lord called Kyle to transition from a high school baseball coach and history teacher to full time church ministry in May 2016. Teenagers are fun, and each day is an adventure for Kyle as the Student Minister at CFBC! Being an example, teaching, and learning to follow where the Holy Spirit leads, showing grace, and sharing Truth fuel his ministry and passion to serve students. Kyle and his wife, Sarah Beth, have one son, Wyatt. While he loves all things baseball, history, literature, movies, and music, Kyle's favorite pastime is watching Paw Patrol and playing with little cars with his son..

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Lisa Lovett

Children's Ministry Director

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Lisa has been on staff as the Children’s Ministry Director since June 2007, after serving for 10 years as a volunteer Student Ministry Lead. Being the Children’s Ministry Director allows her the privilege to watch children begin their personal relationships with Jesus and then grow in the relationship. Lisa and her husband, Brent, have two daughters: Elizabeth, a junior in college, and Emmalie, a senior in high school. In Lisa's spare time, she volunteers in the local schools helping teachers, mentoring students, and having lunch with children from church. Lisa also volunteers in our community, but mostly, she enjoys being together with her family.

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Drew Startup

Associate Pastor

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Drew has been in church ministry since July 2012. His first four years, he served in Student Ministry and has since been serving as the Associate Pastor of CFBC. Listening to people, encouraging people, and building relationships with people at our church and in our community are specific areas that God has directed Drew to follow Him. Drew and his wife, Lauren, have four beautiful blessings: Price, Henley, Ellany Kate, and Beckett. As a former high school math teacher and baseball coach, Drew enjoys coaching baseball, playing ping-pong, and spending time with his family and friends.

  

Office & Support Staff

 
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Logan Bagley

Media & Tech Director

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Tanya Barrett

Executive Assistant to Senior Pastor

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Michael Carroll

Worship Ministry Associate

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Buddy Childs

Office Administrator

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Ann Eubanks

Administrative Assistant

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James Gilstrap

Facilities Coordinator

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Laura Beth Hovey

Finance Ministry Assistant

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Sonya Johnson

Receptionist

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Janice Leary

Preschool Ministry Assistant

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Bobbie Mansfield

Church Hostess

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Sandy Morris

Admin. Assistant to Associate Pastor

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Brooke Slocumb

Children's Ministry Assistant

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Leigh Anne Strain

Preschool Ministry Assistant

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Paul Battles

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