Reaching and uniting multiple people groups with the gospel of Christ
in order to create followers of Christ.
Steve Gibbs- Student Pastor
Anthony Thomas- Worship Leader
Jamie was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. He grew up as a pastor’s kid with nine brothers and sisters and accepted Jesus at a young age. While attending Toccoa Falls College, he met his wife Tiffany, and they were married in 2004. They have 4 children: Hallie, Sophie, Tucker, and Evie. Jamie has an MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a DMin from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jamie has a passion to teach and preach God’s Word. He also oversees Berean’s Community Groups. Jamie enjoys time with his wife and children, as well as hunting, fishing, golfing, and watching Georgia Football.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Jenny was called to education and missions at age 20. She became a Kindergarten teacher in Gwinnett County after graduating from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She holds a Masters of Education degree from Walden University. Jenny is married to Shawn Haney, and they have four young children, a daughter and three sons. She has been in Children's ministry since 2006.
Jamie Merritt- Discipleship Pastor
Anita Roche- Ministry Assistant
Amanda Nix- Ministry Assistant
Amanda Nix serves as Ministry Assistant for BBC. Amanda was previously involved in Ministering Hands which supported the Lawrenceville Cooperative, the Pregnancy Resource Center, the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home as well as other short term outreach and in-reach ministries at her former church. Amanda also worked part-time as a Ministry Assistant. Amanda served for 3 years as Children’s Ministry Director at Atkinson Road Baptist Church and subsequently as interim Youth Director for 3 years. Amanda also has experience as an as an Executive Assistant in the IT department at Gwinnett Medical Center and as an IT project manager at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta and. Amanda enjoys hiking to waterfalls in North Georgia when she is not busy working on the family farm. Amanda is married to Charles Nix and they have 4 children all of whom are grown and on their own. The nest is not empty however, as Amanda’s mother; Anita lives with Charles and Amanda right here on Cooper Road.
Meet Our Staff
Anita was born in Ghana, West Africa, to Baptist missionary parents. After graduating from Belmont College with a degree in Social Work, Anita worked 12 years with Hospital Corporation of America and with HealthTrust in Nashville TN. She married her best friend, David Roche. After the birth of their only child, Charlie, they moved to Georgia, where Anita was blessed to be a stay-at-home mom. She worked part-time jobs, including Product Fulfillment Specialist at Touching Lives, and Ministry Assistant at Oak Hill Baptist. Anita relaxes by working jigsaw puzzles, riding in her Mustang convertible with her husband of 31 years, and playing with her baby grand-daughter, Lily. Anita accepted Christ as her savior in her teen years, and has learned to daily rely on His strength and guidance. God has never let her down, even in the worst times. He has blessed her with insight into why those times were allowed – to bring good to those He loves!
Rodney was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. He met his wife and best friend Sheryl in 1984 and they were married in December 1987. They have a daughter, Jessica, son-in-law, Lasiah and son, Rodney. Their daughter, Jessica has blessed them with two beautiful grandchildren, Jaelyn and Jayden. Rodney has a BA in Bible, an M.A in Ministry, and an M. Div from Luther Rice University. He has completed his Doctoral work at Union University. Rodney is committed to the clear practical teaching of God's Word as it is key to victorious living. His hobby is spending time with family.
Anthony was born in Thomasville, GA but raised in Pompano Beach, Florida where he spent most of his life. Now residing in Lawrenceville, GA with his wife, Rynn Thomas and their three daughters, Olivia, Ashleigh, and London. He attended Queens University in Charlotte, NC on a basketball scholarship where he studied philosophy and religion. Anthony is an ordained deacon and has served in this capacity for over 5 years. His musical expertise spans over 2 decades, but moreover his passion and love for Christ is the driving force behind his worship stylings. In his spare time Anthony enjoys playing basketball and having “fun” time with his wife and daughters.
Rodney Massey- Lead Pastor
God blessed Steve with an awesome wife, Erika, and they just celebrated their 10 year anniversary. They have four wonderful children: Jameson, Arianna, Brielle, and Amberly. Steve graduated from Pensacola Christian College and earned a Master of Divinity from Luther Rice Seminary. Steve has the great privilege to be Involved student ministry both inside and outside the church. God led him into student ministry at apartment complexes through after school programs, where he serves alongside an organization called Youth Outreach United. He also ministers to students on public school campuses through Christian Learning Centers at Brookwood High School. Steve loves to hike, read, build fires, and build furniture with family and friends.
Jenny Haney- Children's Director