Church Staff & Leadership

James Cullen

James Cullen, Minister

I grew up in the town of Kinston, NC and have spent most of my life in Eastern North Carolina. I am married to Ann Cullen. She also grew up in the rural areas of Lenoir County (Deep Run/Pink Hill).

We have been married for over 34 years and have four daughters and two sons. They have blessed us with 11 grandchildren.

When I was approximately sixteen years old, I started to fill the pulpit on numerous occasions. Approximately twelve years ago, I felt the call to ministry. My wife, Ann and I talked about it and reached this decision together.

There are many people who have had an influence on my development and spiritual growth. However, the biggest influence has been my wife, Ann. She has seen me at my worst and pulled me out of some personal and spiritual slumps. She is my inspiration to strive to be my best. She is even now supporting and encouraging as we take this step to serve God more fully.

I was baptized when I was 12 years old and grew up in the non-denominational church of Christ. Ann was baptized shortly after we were married. We moved our membership to Northwest Christian Church where we served in several capacities.

Later, we moved our membership to Southwood Memorial Christian Church where I served as elder, chairman of the board, and interim pastor.

I talked about my desire to enter the ministry with a friend Dr. Curtis Keith. He suggested that I make my desires known to John Richardson, the Regional Minister for the Disciples of Christ in Wilson, NC.

I entered the care of the Commission on Ministry and enrolled in Lexington Theological Seminary. I graduated from LTS in June of 2015 and was ordained in September 2015.

In November of 2013, I was called to serve as an interim pastor at Lanie’s Chapel in Jones County. I started there on the first Sunday of Advent and this has grown into a full time ministry.

My previous professional career includes nearly 40 years during which, I have worked as an engineer, manager and director in a variety of manufacturing and other operations. The last ten years of my public career I was at Lenoir Memorial Hospital as Director of Engineering Services.

Youth Minister

The Youth Minister position is currently vacant. BCC is actively pursuing a candidate. If interested in this ministry contact the Pastor at 252 939-5937.

Jessie Brooks

Jessie Brooks, Church Secretary

I assumed the duties as Church Secretary in September, 2017.  In that capacity I collect information and announcements for the bulletin and monthly newsletter, maintain the church’s website and keep mailing lists current.  Other office duties include typing correspondence and provide support to the minister and church treasurer as needed. I am currently in the church office Monday and Thursday from 8am to 12noon.

There are deadlines for information to be turned in for both the bulletin and the newsletter. Deadline for the bulletin is 9am on Thursday. Deadline for the newsletter is the 4th to last day of each month. I can be contacted via email, or by phone/text at 252-923-4140.


Jamie Barnhill

Jamie Barnhill, Church Treasurer

Jamie is our “volunteer” church treasurer. In that role he receives and maintains records of all monies received and disbursed by the Church. In addition he prepares a number of reports including yearly contributions to donors and members, and monthly, quarterly, and annual reports to the Board of Deacons and Elders. He also manages payroll for ministerial, secretarial, and cleaning personnel.  

Nancy Hill

Nancy Hill, Choir Director/Organist

Nancy Hill came to Bath Christian Church in 1973 and began her work in the music ministry of the church as a "temporary" choir director and organist in 1974 until the church filled the position permanently. Forty-two years later she continues to volunteer her time as choir director and pianist.   During this time, the choir has grown to 20 members. She has also directed the Christmas cantata and is currently the pianist for this annual community music presentation.

The choir provides music for our church family every Sunday through the leading of hymns and the morning Message Through Music.   The music selected for each Sunday is chosen to coordinate with the Christian seasons of the year as well as holidays and special services such as Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve. Choir rehearsals are held the first three Wednesdays of each month from September through mid-June. Special practices are called as needed.  

Lela Spriggs

Lela Spriggs, Asst. Choir Director/Pianist

We have been quite fortunate to have acquired an assistant to the choir director. Lela Spriggs joined the music ministry staff in September of 2013 as pianist and keyboard player. Together Lela and Nancy coordinate a schedule of playing for Sunday morning worship and they select hymns and the Message Through Music for those services. Lela also sings as an alto in the choir. Working together as a team, Nancy and Lela lead choir rehearsals and provide music for all the services and special programs of the church.  

Howard Robertson

DOC Church Board: Elders / Deacons / Trustees / Officers 

Howard Robertson, Board Chair

Elders – Dick Adams, Claude Dupree, John Everett, Joe Heck, Howard Robertson, Gerald Morris, Starley Stell, Leon Wingate.

Deacons – Mark Aydlett, Jamie Barnhill, Pearson Chrismon, Bill Cutler, Terry Everett, Billy Hill, Larry Schmitt, Mike Smith, Reeves Smith, Becky Tuten, June Wallace, Dale Woolard.

Trustees – Mark Aydlett, Rodney Bowen, Jack Wallace.

Officers – Howard Robertson, Chair; Starley Stell, Vice Chair; Jamie Barnhill, Treasurer; Claude Dupree, Asst. Treasurer; June Wallace, Secretary; Becky Tuten, Asst. Secretary.


DOC Church Board

The Board of the BCC is composed of Elders, Deacons, Junior Deacons, and Trustees. Though there are currently none, the board may also have Deacon and Elder Emeritus. Currently there are 11 Elders, 14 Deacons, 1 Junior Deacon, and 3 Trustees. Each of these are elected annually at the Church’s annual business meeting held on the 2nd Sunday in October. The general Board elects officers each year at the December meeting. Officers are to include a chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, and assistant treasurer. The duties of the Board as stated in the BCC guidelines are to 1) consider and recommend to the congregation general policies, and 2) transact business. To that end a number of committees are appointed by the Chairman. The current committees are: Sunday School, Worship, Finance, Missions, Youth Council, Maintenance, Pastoral Relations, Columbarium, Capital Improvements, Scholarship, and Youth Family Ministry. Other committees may be appointed as the need arises. The Board holds its meeting the first Sunday night of each month and are conducted by the Chairman. Special meetings may be called by the Chairman or upon special request by four or more Board Members.


Elder / Deacon Family Ministry

The Deacon/Elder Family Ministry of Bath Christian Church is based on 1 Peter 5:2-4, “Be shepherds of Gods flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being an example to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”

We divide the church flock into small flocks of 7-8 families and a Deacon/Elder team watches over the smaller flock. This includes visitation, prayer, recognition of needs and fellowship. The Deacon/Elder teams bring love, compassion, and encouragement on a personal level to the flock.