Dr. JAY POWELL - SENIOR PASTOR
Dr. Jay Powell became senior pastor of The Church at the Beach on February 1, 2021. Pastor Jay comes to TCATB after pastoring at First Baptist Church Bayou George for four years. Before leaving to pastor at FBCBG in 2017, Jay and his family were long-time members at TCATB. He taught youth classes, adult classes, was the deacon chairman, and would fill the pulpit when Dr. George was absent. He is not shy about telling people the opportunity to return and pastor the church he served for a long time is a great honor. He and his family love this church!
Pastor Jay and his wife, Kara have been married for 19 years and have two adopted children: Gannon 25 and Jaelynn 20. Gannon and his wife, Abbi, have two daughters, Harper and Sailor Grace. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Murray State University. His master’s degree in Athletic Administration is from Concordia University-Irvine. He earned post-baccalaureate credit in biblical studies at the Baptist College of Florida, and holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctorate (DMIN) from Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty University.
Pastor Jay would love to hear from you. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call him at 850-234-8892.
“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers serviced beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will service the Lord”
– Joshua 24: 14-15
– Joshua 24: 14-15
JON GERS - STUDENT PASTOR & ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Jon’s relationship with “The Church at the Beach” began in September 2017. Jon has long worked with students and children in some capacity since 2002. His deep love of scripture and students motivates him to reach the unreachable. Jon has a bachelors degree from The Baptist College of Florida.
He has completed his Masters in Christian Apologetics from Liberty University. He and Brittney have two daughters.
Pastor Jon would love to hear from you. You can reach him at email@example.com
SUSAN HUGHIE - CHILDREN DIRECTOR
Susan says she was “born a teacher”. She taught in public schools in Georgia for 28 years, retiring in 2013 to care for her husband who was battling cancer. After his passing and moving to Panama City Beach, Susan joined Gulf Beach Baptist Church. She began working with our children as an AWANA leader and teaching during VBS. When asked to serve the church as Children’s Director, she saw an opportunity to teach again while sharing the love of Jesus. Susan has an Elementary Education degree from North Georgia College (now the University of North Georgia) and a Master’s Degree in Technology in Education from Lesley University.
You can reach Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org
BILLY SOBERON - HISPANIC MINISTRY
Tengo 49 años y estoy casado con Catherine y tenemos dos hijos. Mi hija mayor Catherine, tiene 30 años, casada, tiene trillizos: Mateo, Paz y Fe. Mi hijo menor tiene 17 años y se llama Alejandro, estudia el doceavo grado en Arnold High School en Panama City Beach, Florida.
Amo la Palabra de Dios y compartir el Evangelio porque es la única respuesta de Dios para rescatar la humanidad. Como Pastor, mi pasión es enseñar la Palabra de Dios y establecer discípulos de acuerdo con la Biblia. Me gusta asegurarme de que cada persona sea verdaderamente salva a través de las Escrituras Bíblicas.
EDUCACION: Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal 1993 – 1998 / Ciencia Política. Lima – Perú.
Centro de Entrenamiento de Fe – “LA PALABRA DE VERDAD” 2007 – 2008 / Estudios Teológicos para el Ministerio. Lima – Perú.
Ligonier Ministries 2015 – Vigente / Alumno libre del Dr. R.C. Sproul y el ministerio Ligonier.
You can reach Billy at Hispanic@tcatb.com
BOB KASTLE - EVANGELISM AND VISITATION
Bob is the Pastor of Visitation and Evangelism at The Church at the Beach. He graduated from Atlanta Christian College in 1979. Bob is passionate and gifted in the area of evangelism and preaching. His ministry started at Gulf Beach Baptist Church in September of 2011.
Bob leads a discipleship group weekly, shares during our Monday night meal and regularly ministers to the homeless. He has served as Chaplain at Gulf Coast Medical Center for 6 yrs. Bob has served as pastor in several Churches over the past 36 years of ministry.
Barry Fish - Pastor of Worship and Senior Adults
Barry Fish, a dedicated musician with a lifelong passion for music, has been the Worship Leader at The Church at the Beach since April 2013. Hailing from the vibrant city of Birmingham, Alabama, Barry’s adult life has been a robust journey of musical endeavors, encompassing a multitude of roles and experiences within the music world. He has been a working musician his entire adult life.
What began as volunteering in the realm of church music blossomed into a full-fledged vocation, leading him to serve as the full-time worship minister. Barry is fervently committed to mentorship, focusing on helping young individuals discover and cultivate their musical talents and guiding them to find their voice both in and outside the church walls.
He is instrumental in weaving together the diverse strands of musicianship within the community, uniting artists with various talents and skills to fulfill a common purpose—to serve the church and offer praise through the unifying power of music. Through his leadership, Barry encourages an environment of collaboration and spiritual expression, ensuring that every note played is an ode to the shared faith and devotion of the TCATB family.
He has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 30 years. They have one daughter, Cameron, who lives in Nashville, TN.
RITA CHAMBERS - MINISTER OF OFFICE MANAGEMENT
Rita takes care of all of our office and administrative needs. She’s the glue that keeps us on track and the steady hand that guides our office operations.
KIMBERLEE HATHCOCK - PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR
Kimberlee Hathcock has had a heart for children for as long as she can remember.
Originally from Mableton, GA, Kimberlee started her teaching career while still in college, teaching preschool at her home church of First Baptist Church of Mableton. After receiving a bachelors degree in Middle Grades Education from the University of West Georgia, she taught 6th and 7th grade Language Arts and Social Studies at Central Middle School in Carrollton, GA.
In 2016, Kimberlee, along with her husband, Hank, and daughter, Ava, moved to Panama City Beach and began teaching at Gulf Beach Baptist Preschool.
Being the preschool director is an honor for Kimberlee because she still gets to share the love of Jesus with children, while making sure they have a safe and fun learning environment.
KELLY JOHNSON - MINISTER OF CUSTODIAL SERVICES
My name is Kelly Johnson, I love cleaning for TCATB! I get to clean and pray over God’s church house, can’t get much better than that! I am blessed to also call this my church home and family. Grateful for the opportunity to use my gift to glorify God.
1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
MIKE LAWHORN - CUSTODIAL SERVICES
Mike Lawhorn is the motor behind our 11 acre campus and 29,000 sf building space. He keeps the air running, the grounds looking good and the buildings in tip top shape. Mike ensures our members & guests are comfortable and undistracted so they can focus on worship when they are here.
You will also see him on the Praise & Worship team on Sunday mornings.