Central Baptist Bearden
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Our Pastoral Team
 
Dr. Wade Bibb Senior Pastor Dr. Wade Bibb has served at Central since 2010.  He is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Before coming to Central Bearden, Wade taught New Testament and Greek at Carson-Newman University and Palm Beach Atlantic University. He secretly desires to give an exam after every sermon to encourage active listening.

Wade is married to Melissa, an elementary school librarian. They are both from Columbia, TN and started dating each other in high school. They have one daughter, Emily.  Emily and her husband Nathanael currently live in Waco, TX with their horse, George.

Wade has a passion for teaching-preaching, missions, and working with people. Wade enjoys being outdoors, hiking, reading, movies, and the agony of Crossfit. It makes him smile to include the occasional sermon illustration from Lord of the Rings or Star Wars.
 
     
Dr. Paul Magyar
Associate Pastor of Worship and Music Dr. Paul Magyar has served on the staff of Central Bearden since 2012. A native of Missouri, Paul spent his formative years in Cali, Colombia where his parents were missionaries with the SBC for thirty-five years. Paul holds degrees from Louisiana State University (DMA in choral conducting/music history), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MM in sacred music/voice), and Oklahoma Baptist University (BM in church music/voice).

Throughout his thirty-four years in ministry, Paul has served congregations as worship and music pastor in Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee. His vocational calling has remained worship, and the artistic development of musicians in the church through regular rehearsals and discipleship. Additionally, Dr. Magyar has taught courses in sacred music, worship, choral music, and music history on the faculties of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Houston Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, both in Houston, Texas.

Paul and Mary met while they were both students at Southwestern Seminary, and were married in 1983. They are proud parents of two grown children, daughter, Anna, and son, Stephen, who is married to Linnae. The Magyar's enjoy family, cooking, traveling, reading, and movies of all kinds.

Contact Paul by email at pmagyar@cbcbearden.org.
 
Gary Schmieder
Associate Pastor of Administration Gary Schmieder has served at Central since 1993. Originally from Baton Rouge, LA, Gary is a graduate of New Orleans Theological Seminary where he received a Masters in Religious Education. His undergraduate degree was in business from LSU. Prior to 1993, he was Church Administrator at First Baptist Church, Asheville, NC (1989-1993) and Minister of Education and Administration at Pineville Park Baptist Church in Pineville, LA (1980-1889). 

Gary is especially gifted in administration, Bible teaching, and helps.  He loves people and demonstrates a servant's heart. He desires to see people spending time in God's Word and growing spiritually.  

Gary and his wife Diane enjoy hiking, biking, and cheering on the LSU Tigers. Gary finds pleasure in reading and woodworking projects. Diane is retired and spends time reaching out to shut-ins. They have two children, Kelli and Lance. Kelli is married with three children and lives in California where she teaches chemistry at the University of San Diego. Lance is married with two children and lives in the Atlanta area working as an electrical engineer for Georgia Tech.  

Contact Gary by email at schmieder@cbcbearden.org.
 
Mark Moreland
Minister of Missions and Pastoral Care Mark Moreland has served at Central Baptist Bearden since November of 1990. Mark is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY where he earned a Masters in Divinity and Religious Education in December 1983. Before attending seminary, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Tennessee and served as Youth and Recreation Director at First Baptist Church in Chattanooga. During seminary, he served as Minister with Youth at Fern Creek United Methodist Church and as a Centrifuge Camp Director. Before coming to Central Baptist, Mark was Minister with Youth and Recreation at Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, Virginia for seven years.
 
Mark is passionate about knowing Christ, the Bible, and living in a way that will open doors to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  His mission statement is stated in 2 Corinthians 5:20: "Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."  

Mark grew up all over the country and the world as an Air Force dependent, but Chattanooga, TN was his home base. Mark has been married to Doris for almost 35 years. She is a recently retired Public School Music Teacher, but music and particularly singing has been a gift she shares beautifully.  They have two children they birthed, and two by marriage.  Brent and Amanda reside in Nashville, TN.  Deanna is married to Daniel Unger and resides in Knoxville, TN. Mark likes to run, bike, swim, or walk long distances.  He likes to play golf for fellowship and conversation.

Contact Mark by email at moreland@cbcbearden.org.
 
Dr. Jim Henry
Minister with Senior Adults and Pastoral Care Dr. Jim Henry has served at Central since 2009 following his retirement from the pastorate. A Knoxville native, Jim earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; the Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and the Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Economics from East Tennessee State University. Prior to his call to the ministry he served as an attack helicopter pilot (AH-1G Cobra) with the 101st Airborne Division in the Vietnam War. 

Jim is a real “people person” who is committed to ministry in and through the local church. His gifts include preaching, teaching and caring. He enjoys traveling (especially by train), camping in the mountains, golf and anything to do with American history.

Jim has been married to Becky since 1972. She is a retired professor of nursing and currently serves as the Faith Community Nurse at Central Bearden. The Henrys have one child, Jason, who is a Diagnostic Radiologist and Flight Surgeon in the United States Navy. They are also the proud grandparents of Jackson and Micah, who live with their parents in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Contact Jim by email at jimhenry805@gmail.com.
 
Eric Minton
Interim Minister with Youth and Families Eric Minton 
 
I graduated from Central High School in Fountain City (home of the Litton burger and a heart-shaped pond people keep calling a “lake”). I went to the University of Tennessee and finished with an endlessly helpful degree in Psychology, married my best friend (her name’s Lindsay), and moved to Los Angeles two weeks later for both of us to attend graduate school at Fuller Theological Seminary (me: in the school of theology; her: in the
school of psychology). We lived in a 420 square foot studio apartment (100 or so of those were probably just vertical blinds) for three years, and yes, it was as romantic as it sounds. We loved Southern California, but after doing a bit of soul searching, decided to move back to a land with thunderstorms, crickets, lightnin’ bugs, family, and (once again) Cracker Barrel.
 
5 years ago I began a stint as a students and young adults pastor at Monte Vista Baptist partnering with some amazing middle, high, and college students for 4 years in Maryville, TN. I left my position there in order to return to graduate school (yet again) at Carson Newman for more training in family systems, counseling, psychotherapy, and human development (focusing on adolescents and emerging adults). In the middle of that process Lindsay and I had a son, whose actual name is Finn, and professionally speaking: he’s really incredible.
 
I have one semester remaining of an internship (in the Maryville College counseling office) and course work before graduating in May with hopes of effectively integrating pastoral and therapeutic training with adolescents and emerging adults in a church setting.

Contact Eric by email at eminton@cbcbearden.org.
 
Melissa Willis
Minister with Children and Families Melissa Willis began her ministry at Central September 2013. Melissa is a graduate of McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. She earned her Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Christian Education in 2000 and her undergraduate degree from Shorter College in 1996. Prior to coming to Central, she served Ardmore Baptist Church in Winston Salem, NC (2001-2013) and Johns Creek Baptist Church in Johns Creek, GA prior to 2001. 

To connect children and their families with Jesus Christ, Melissa strives to create strong relationships with children and their parents that allow for a greater connection to God and with each other. She enjoys teaching and telling the stories of the Bible. Her favorite time is during one-on-one conversations or small groups learning about the children she is teaching.

Melissa' s hometown is Roswell, GA.  She and her husband Carl have two daughters, Mattie Paige and Juliana. Carl is a stay-at-home parent to their two girls. Melissa and her family enjoy game nights, playing outside, watching movies, art projects, and having friends over for the weekend.

Contact Melissa by email at mwillis@cbcbearden.org.
 
Laura Jones
Associate Minister with Youth and Families Laura Jones has served at Central since 2008. A Knoxville native, Laura loves equipping others for ministry through discipleship and missions. She enjoys working with students and seeing them step out to do things in obedience to God, especially when they do it against the flow of cultural expectations.

Laura earned her Masters at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and her undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee.  She is also a graduate of West High School in Knoxville. Laura's immediate family all live in or around Knoxville. She especially loves being an aunt and is thankful to be near family. The colors of the leaves in the fall, college football and ice-cream also bring her great joy. 

Contact Laura by email at ljones@cbcbearden.org.
 
Tim Earl
Minister with College and Young Adults Tim Earl has served at Central since 2009. Tim is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a Masters in Religious Education.  His undergraduate degree was in accounting and business management from Carson Newman College.  Prior to 2009, he was Minister of Students and Activities at First Baptist Church, Clinton, Tennessee (1997 - 2009), Minister of Youth and Education at First Baptist Church, Canton, North Carolina (1992-1997), and Interim Youth Minister at Central Baptist Bearden, Knoxville, Tennessee (May - August, 1990).

Tim’s ministry is very relational. He feels called to walk beside college students and young adults as they seek out God’s plan and calling for their lives. Tim believes this calling is best discovered through mission and ministry opportunities as well as fellowships and small group discipleship. He loves to sing and lead in worship. He is gifted in shepherding, serving, and Bible teaching.

Tim grew up in Knoxville. His immediate family lives in Knoxville, including his mom, Pat, who is also member of Central Baptist Bearden. He has one older sister, Jamie and is the very proud uncle of his four nieces and nephews, Megan, Monica, Hampton (wife Samantha) and Holden. Tim became a great uncle to his great-nephew Hampton Samuel in September 2013. Tim enjoys spending time with his family and friends, going out to eat, movies and, of course, UT FOOTBALL!

Contact Tim by email at tearl@cbcbearden.org.
 
 
Minister of Faith Formation Terry Baker began serving at Central in July 2015, following his retirement as Associate Pastor. Terry was born and raised here in  Knoxville, he earned his Master of Religious Education Degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and his Bachelor of Science Degree from Belmont University. Before coming to Central, Terry served as the Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church, Clinton for 28 years. Prior to Clinton, he served as Minister of Education at First Baptist Church in Talladega, AL and First Baptist Church in Troy, AL. Terry’s passions are team building, encouraging people to use and develop their gifts and helping people find their area of service in the church family. 
 
Terry is married to Janet, who is a broker for Chase Environmental Group. His hobbies include woodworking, building projects, and landscaping. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Tennessee Baptist Adult Homes for 13 years. He has served twice as President of the Tennessee Baptist Religious Education Association.

Contact Terry by email at tbaker@cbcbearden.org.
 
Burl Lambert
Family Activities Director Burl Lambert

Contact Burl by email at blambert@cbcbearden.org.