Meet Our Staff

Rev. Steven Taylor has been in ministry for more than 27 years. His passion is to see people become fully engaged followers of Christ, not just better informed Christians. He was born in Athens, Georgia (1963), but grew up in college towns all across the Southeast as the family followed his father’s teaching career. He became a follower of Christ at the age of 8 in children’s church.
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Steven Taylor

Lead Pastor
Rev. Danny Byers was born in Hiawassee, Ga and grew up in Waynesville, NC. After graduating from Tuscola High School (1975), he attended Western Carolina University (B.S.Ed. 1980) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1982 M.R.E.) in Louisville, Ky. Danny has been in ministry for more than 32 years and has a passion to make reproducing followers of Jesus and to lead the local church to “be the Church” by loving God and loving people.
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Danny Byers

Associate Pastor
Chris, a native of Blairsville, GA, attended Young Harris College, graduated the University of Georgia (UGA) with a Bachelor of Music Education. While attending UGA, Chris was both musician and singer. He was the pianist for the Men’s and Women’s Glee club, the African American Choral Ensemble, and Grove Level Baptist Church in Maysville, GA.
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Chris Adams

Worship Pastor
Rev. Jeremy Pearson was born in Hartwell, Ga and raised in the Lake Hartwell area. He has been involved in student ministry for the past 5 years. He is devoted to helping people far from Jesus grow closer to Him; especially teenagers and young adults.
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Jeremy Pearson

Student Pastor
Steve was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. His mom, Barbara, was the spiritual leader in the home. She took Steve and his older brother, David, to church every week. Steve’s spiritual journey began on a youth mission trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In a small dorm room on a college campus he prayed and committed his life to Jesus Christ.
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Steve Awtrey

Children's Pastor
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Cindy Clem

Pastor & Financial Secretary
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Connie Smith

Support Staff
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Chris Weaver

Support Staff
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Cameron Dayton

Facilities Manager
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Ryan Farmer

Media Director
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Sue Thorpe

Music Ministry Assistant
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Wayne Hundley

Music Ministry Assistant
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Emily Winn

Pre-School Director
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Jamie Shook

Nursery