CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Jim Perdue

Jim Perdue

Pastor

Jim has had the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor of Second Baptist Church since 2012. He loves to preach, watch football, hang out with his family, and lead people into a deeper relationship with Jesus. His passion is to lead the church to impact our neighbors and the nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Gary Morton

Gary Morton

Executive and Senior Adult Pastor

Gary joined the staff of Second Baptist Church on June 1, 1988. For 30 years Gary served as Second’s Worship Pastor, and has also Served as Executive Pastor since 1993. Gary loves family time and God’s great outdoors. He and his wife Jan have two grown sons, Jeremy and Jonathan, and five delightful grandchildren.

 You can contact Gary by email at garym@sbcwr.org.

Justin McLaughlin

Justin McLaughlin

Worship Pastor

Justin serves as the Worship Pastor and joined the Second Baptist family in 2021. Justin is originally from Iowa and has served in full-time worship ministry since 2005. Before joining Second Baptist, Justin served in churches throughout the state of Florida. Justin also serves on the Steering Committee/Ministry Team for the Experience Conference at Walt Disney World.

You can contact Justin by e-mail at justinm@sbcwr.org.

Matthew Gibbs

Matthew Gibbs

Adult Education and Evangelism Pastor

Matthew is passionate about teaching and sharing the principles of the Gospel to others. Before coming to Second, he served for five years as Minister of Education and Senior Adults at Calvary Baptist Church in Greenwood, Indiana. Matthew is married to Kathy and they have three children: Mary Beth, Daniel, and Aaron.

You can contact Matthew by e-mail at matthewg@sbcwr.org.

Jimmy Moneypenny

Jimmy Moneypenny

Recreation and Activities Pastor

Jimmy attended Mercer University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Secondary History Education in 1990. He has been a member of Second Baptist Church since 1990. He is working toward a Masters of Administration degree from Georgia College and State University. He is married to Joy and has two children, Lindsay and Katy.

You can contact Jimmy by e-mail at jimmym@sbcwr.org.

Manuel Tábora

Manuel Tábora

Instrumental Pastor

Manuel was born and raised in Honduras and moved to the U.S. to further his education in violin. He did university training at Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas, followed by graduate work at the University of Iowa, where he has been conferred the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Manuel shares a musical home with his wife, Joanna, and their  daughters, Miriam and Sarah, and son, David. 

You can contact Manuel by e-mail at manuelt@sbcwr.org.

Clark Whitney

Clark Whitney

Second Student Pastor

Clark is passionate about encouraging students to follow Jesus for a lifetime and equipping them to live on mission. Clark attended Ouachita Baptist University, where he received his degree in Christian Studies and Political Science. Clark then attended Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity degree in Pastoral Ministry. Clark is married to the love of his life, Aaryn, and has one son, Baylor.

You can contact Clark by e-mail at clarkw@sbcwr.org.

 

Debbie Vartenisian

Debbie Vartenisian

Second Kids Director

Debbie loves working with kids and sharing the love of Christ. She joined the Second Baptist staff as the Director of Children’s Ministries for eight years before moving to Saudi Arabia. After moving back in 2015, Debbie served as the Director of First Impressions until transitioning back to the Children’s Ministry Director in 2020. Debbie has three daughters–Kristina, Brooke, and Michaela.

You can contact Debbie by e-mail at debbiev@sbcwr.org.

Chris Lones

Chris Lones

Community Outreach Director

Chris joined the staff of Second Baptist Church in 2014. Chris often talks about his Damascus Road experience that occurred on February 22, 2008 when he was set free from 23 years of drug addiction. His passion is helping others find their freedom offered through a personal relationship with Jesus through Second’s OneWay Ministry. Chris and his wife, Sheila, have three daughters and nine grandchildren. 

You can contact Chris by e-mail at chrisl@sbcwr.org.

Trent Weeks

Trent Weeks

Sports and Fitness Director

Trent joined staff in February of 2020. His passion for sports and the Gospel began when leading with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) in high school. He continued to be active in FCA throughout college and used his position as a college athlete to introduce others to Jesus. Prior to coming to Second Baptist, he worked in the Recreation Ministry at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN. Trent enjoys working out and spending time with his family. He is married to Anna, and they have two sons, David and Judah.

You can contact Trent by e-mail at trentw@sbcwr.org.

Hannah Kennedy

Hannah Kennedy

Communication and First Impressions Director

Hannah joined staff at Second in December of 2020. She met her husband, Cam, at Liberty University, where she received her B.S. and M.A. Strategic Communication with an emphasis in non-profit development. Cam and Hannah were married in 2019, and both served on staff at Bellevue Baptist Church until God called them to Second. Together, they love the ministry that media can be in sharing the Gospel around the world.

You can contact Hannah by e-mail at hannahk@sbcwr.org.

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