We believe that "The Members of our Church are her Ministers." This is so true. We believe that we are a community of priests. What is a priest? One who has the right to approach God directly and the responsibility to serve God personally. God's Spirit equips us to be His ministers one to another.
We do have vocational ministers to help lead us in the work of the Church. They have been called by the congregation to help us become more effective in our ministry.
Upon graduating from Messiah College, with a Bachelors of Arts in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Youth Ministry, he accepted the position of Youth Ministry Associate here at Country & Town Baptist Church. He is deeply grateful to be able to continue working in the youth ministry here, and is excited to see where God takes the youth ministry.
Bob is a commissioned missionary of the North American Mission Board. He previously served as the Director of Evangelism and Leadership for the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey. Prior to that assignment, Bob served as Director of Missions in Philadelphia, PA for 3 years and Director of Church Strengthening for 8 years. Bob enjoys working with churches and helping equip people for fulfilling the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20. He has also served as interim pastor of 8 churches in Pennsylvania over the past 10 years. Prior to coming to Pennsylvania, Bob pastored in Florida for 16 years and was the Senior Pastor of the largest multi-ethnic/multi-cultural church in Broward County, Florida.
Phil Cockrell joined our ministry team in November of 1995. His wife Renee is the assistant director of, and a teacher at our Early Childhood Center. They have 2 children: Miriam who is 24, and Ben, who is a student at Ouachita Baptist University.
Phil gives leadership in the planning of all our worship experiences as well as leadership/oversight to all our choirs and worship teams, video production and technical ministries. His undergraduate degree is in Music Education, and he has graduate degrees in Applied Choral Conducting and Music Theory/ Composition. Prior to joining our team, Phil served in churches in Renton, WA, and Abilene, TX.
Other than music, Phil enjoys anything dealing with aviation, woodworking, big waves at the beach, roller coasters, cooking and watching a good sci-fi movie with Renee.
Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Psalm 103:1
James is a native of Missouri, who joined our staff in December 1997. James attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. The Lord has lead James into various ministry opportunities. He has been involved in mission work in Colorado, Houston, Haiti, Africa, the Navajo Indian Reservation as well as numerous local mission projects. He was the Youth Pastor here at Country & Town until September 2016 at which time he become the Missional Community Group Pastor.
James has a remarkable testimony of God's grace working in his life. Through the grace of God, James has developed a strong passion for outreach, missions, church growth and a strong desire to see the body of Christ do ministry outside the four walls of the church. His passion is to see the church in an authentic, growing walk with Jesus Christ serving those in their sphere of influence
As the Missional Community Group Pastor James oversees the missional community groups (MCG) of Country & Town Baptist Church, equipping leaders, launching groups, making community connections while staying focused on developing new community groups and growing disciples for new Gospel work.
He and his wife, Tina, have three adult children; Jessica, Danielle and Jeremiah. Tina holds a degree from Southwest Baptist University and works alongside her husband as a help mate, equipping leaders, launching groups, and making community connections.
Eric joined the staff in June 2014. He has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mathematic Sciences from East Tennessee State University, a secondary teaching license from Tennessee Technological University, and an MDiv in Missional Studies from Liberty Theological University. Eric was blessed to marry his high school sweetheart, Brianna, in 2002 and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education also from East Tennessee State University. Brianna currently home-school's their four boys: Isaac, Luke, Elijah and Jacob.
After serving multiple churches and students in Tennessee, Eric became convicted in the spiritual discipleship of his own family. He has since become passionate about Family Worship and Family Discipleship and encourages as well as equips families in the role that God has blessed and entrusted them. It is Eric's desire to see families worshiping and making disciples outside of the walls of the church building.
Outside of ministry work, the Helton family enjoys spending time together riding bikes, hiking, walking, playing football, playing soccer, watching movies, going to the beach, riding roller coasters, barbecuing...well, they are open to just about everything that involves family and having fun.
Other staff members that support our ministers are:
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