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.
Alexandra Shreve, Youth Director
I grew up in Winston-Salem, NC where our family attended a United Methodist Church. My parents were charter members and we didn’t miss a Sunday. While that upbringing laid a good foundation in those early years, it wasn’t until age 23 that I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. At a time when I was struggling with young adult challenges and a new marriage, I called upon the name of Jesus to help me. All those early Sunday school lessons, Bible stories and songs never left me. I cried out to Him for hope and restoration. I knew he could get my life and marriage back on the right pathway. Thirty-six years later, my husband, Donald and I are still witnessing God’s faithfulness in our lives.
Always loving the coast, we relocated to Carteret County in 1995 where we established some Eastern North Carolina roots. There we were active members with First Baptist Church in Swansboro for 17 years where I served as the Children’s Ministry Director, Deacon and participated in numerous leadership roles within key committees. Don and I relocated to Glad Tidings Church in Morehead City and served as Life Group leaders and worked with Prayer Teams and Operation Christmas Child. God amazingly created a new pathway that led us to Bath, NC. Upon completion of our new house, we moved to the area in April 2019. Understanding that establishing church fellowship was priority, we began the visiting process. The folks at Bath Christian Church were warm and we realized that would be our new church home. Shortly thereafter, the Holy Spirit planted a seed in my heart about serving as Youth Director at BCC. It is an honor and privilege to be the leader for youth and families as we know the present and future rests with our youngest members.
Don and I have one daughter and a special son-in-law who live in New Bern with our grand-dog, Shelby. In addition, we have a fur baby named Gracie who has lots of energy and keeps us on our toes.
I graduated with a BS in Psychology from Campbell University in 2004 then later went on to achieve a Master’s in Education (Early Childhood) in 2017 from UNC-W. My employment history, community service and ministerial work encompasses work with children, families and individuals with disabilities.
My favorite verse is Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (NIV)
I believe that the Lord uses us where we are and is always preparing us for next steps. If we are in fellowship with him, reading his Word and obedient as his children, the possibilities are endless as to what he can accomplish through us.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone/text at 252-923-4140.
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, 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, 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.
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.