Matt Haines, Senior Pastor   matt@centralparkbaptist,org   Matt began his ministry here as Senior Pastor of Central Park Baptist Church in September of 2018. Prior to coming to CPBC, Matt has served churches in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He has both a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Matt is married to Alison and they have four sons – Nathan, Andrew, John David, and Josh.  Matt’s ministry passion is to help people see the beauty of the gospel and how it applies, not only to their eternal salvation, but to their everyday life right now. His focus is on gospel-centered preaching, personal disciple-making, and local and global missions. His ministry theme verse is Colossians 1:28-29, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.”  Outside of church work, Matt’s hobbies include playing golf, reading great biographies, and rooting for all things Mississippi State and the Boston Red Sox.

Matt Haines, Senior Pastor

matt@centralparkbaptist,org

Matt began his ministry here as Senior Pastor of Central Park Baptist Church in September of 2018. Prior to coming to CPBC, Matt has served churches in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He has both a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Matt is married to Alison and they have four sons – Nathan, Andrew, John David, and Josh.

Matt’s ministry passion is to help people see the beauty of the gospel and how it applies, not only to their eternal salvation, but to their everyday life right now. His focus is on gospel-centered preaching, personal disciple-making, and local and global missions. His ministry theme verse is Colossians 1:28-29, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.”

Outside of church work, Matt’s hobbies include playing golf, reading great biographies, and rooting for all things Mississippi State and the Boston Red Sox.

David Holmes, Minister of Music   dholmes14@bellsouth.net   David Holmes serves as Minister of Music with additional responsibilities supervising buildings & grounds maintenance and operations. David joined the Central Park staff in October 1997 and previously served churches in Texas, Mississippi and Alabama. David has been married to Melanie for 32 years and they have two adult children. Drew is married to Ashley (Kwasigroh) and they are in pharmacy residency. Drew is employed by the Kansas University Hospital and Ashley is employed by the Saint Luke's Children's Hospital. Their daughter Ashley is serving as children's / preschool minister at Parkview Baptist church in Decatur.  David has music degrees from Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. David also enjoys officiating high school football and basketball.

David Holmes, Minister of Music

dholmes14@bellsouth.net

David Holmes serves as Minister of Music with additional responsibilities supervising buildings & grounds maintenance and operations. David joined the Central Park staff in October 1997 and previously served churches in Texas, Mississippi and Alabama. David has been married to Melanie for 32 years and they have two adult children. Drew is married to Ashley (Kwasigroh) and they are in pharmacy residency. Drew is employed by the Kansas University Hospital and Ashley is employed by the Saint Luke's Children's Hospital. Their daughter Ashley is serving as children's / preschool minister at Parkview Baptist church in Decatur.

David has music degrees from Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. David also enjoys officiating high school football and basketball.

Ken Bush, Minister of Education and Outreach   ken@centralparkbaptist.org   Ken Bush serves as our Minister of Education and Outreach, with responsibilities including church administration, missions and ministries, and senior adults. Ken joined the Central Park staff in 2001 and had previously served churches in Tennessee and Indiana. He is married to Kay, a teacher at Austinville Elementary School, and they have two grown sons, Andrew (wife, Christina) and Alan.  Ken is originally from Nashville and met Kay while they were both students at Belmont College (now University). He graduated from Belmont in 1979 with a bachelor of business administration degree in management, and in 1983 received the master of religious education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ken Bush, Minister of Education and Outreach

ken@centralparkbaptist.org

Ken Bush serves as our Minister of Education and Outreach, with responsibilities including church administration, missions and ministries, and senior adults. Ken joined the Central Park staff in 2001 and had previously served churches in Tennessee and Indiana. He is married to Kay, a teacher at Austinville Elementary School, and they have two grown sons, Andrew (wife, Christina) and Alan.

Ken is originally from Nashville and met Kay while they were both students at Belmont College (now University). He graduated from Belmont in 1979 with a bachelor of business administration degree in management, and in 1983 received the master of religious education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jaime Early, Pastor to STUDENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS   Jaime@centralparkbaptist.org   As the Student Pastor, my desire is to see a culture of Discipleship permeate our Student Ministry. I long to see our students press toward Jesus with all they have. I also want to expose our students to missions on both a domestic and and international levels. I have been in ministry for twelve years. In those years I have served in all sorts of capacities from a full time staff pastor to a simple lay leader. I have seen God’s faithfulness in each of these opportunities and grown through each passing year. I have been married to the most amazing woman for 15 years. Laura is a licensed Vet Tech (Dog Nurse), she loves her job, and is very good at it. If you have any animal questions she is the one to ask. Our daughter Avery is 12. She is extremely creative and excels in ballet and art. Tai, our son, is 9. His greatest passions are hockey, and WWE wrestling.  I have an Undergrad degree in Elementary Education from Jacksonville State University and a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministries from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  I am a huge hockey fan, and actually play hockey. The Nashville Predators are my team, and I enjoy cheering them on whenever I have the opportunity, and I am an Auburn Tiger fan through and through.  Favorite Food - Five Guys, Mellow Mushroom, BBQ, Braum’s, Taco Bueno Favorite Candy - Goo Goo Cluster Favorite Places to Visit - Kenya, OKC, Nashville, Orlando, Gulf Shores Movies - Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Batman, James Bond Music - Switchfoot, Shane and Shane, All Sons and Daughters, The Beatles, Dave Matthews Band. You will discover I like all types of music from hard music, to classical, to malt shop.  Life Verse - 2 Corinthians 5:21

Jaime Early, Pastor to STUDENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS

Jaime@centralparkbaptist.org

As the Student Pastor, my desire is to see a culture of Discipleship permeate our Student Ministry. I long to see our students press toward Jesus with all they have. I also want to expose our students to missions on both a domestic and and international levels. I have been in ministry for twelve years. In those years I have served in all sorts of capacities from a full time staff pastor to a simple lay leader. I have seen God’s faithfulness in each of these opportunities and grown through each passing year. I have been married to the most amazing woman for 15 years. Laura is a licensed Vet Tech (Dog Nurse), she loves her job, and is very good at it. If you have any animal questions she is the one to ask. Our daughter Avery is 12. She is extremely creative and excels in ballet and art. Tai, our son, is 9. His greatest passions are hockey, and WWE wrestling.

I have an Undergrad degree in Elementary Education from Jacksonville State University and a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministries from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

I am a huge hockey fan, and actually play hockey. The Nashville Predators are my team, and I enjoy cheering them on whenever I have the opportunity, and I am an Auburn Tiger fan through and through.

Favorite Food - Five Guys, Mellow Mushroom, BBQ, Braum’s, Taco Bueno Favorite Candy - Goo Goo Cluster Favorite Places to Visit - Kenya, OKC, Nashville, Orlando, Gulf Shores Movies - Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Batman, James Bond Music - Switchfoot, Shane and Shane, All Sons and Daughters, The Beatles, Dave Matthews Band. You will discover I like all types of music from hard music, to classical, to malt shop.

Life Verse - 2 Corinthians 5:21

dEBBIE pIRKLE, mINISTER TO PRESCHOOL AND CHILDREN   Debbie@CentralParkbaptist.org   DEBBIE PIRKLE HAS BEEN SERVING AS PRESCHOOL AND CHILDREN’S MINISTER FOR 18 YEARS. SHE AND HER HUSBAND (OF 37 YEARS) ARE NATIVES TO DECATUR. THEY HAVE TWO GROWN SONS (DANIEL-35 AND TIMOTHY-31), A PRECIOUS DAUGHTER-IN-LAW (MALLORY) AND TWO GRANDDAUGHTERS (LILLIE BETH-4 AND ADALYNN GRACE-1). DEBBIE HAS DEGREES FROM CALHOUN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, UNA, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA. SHE HAS BEEN TEACHING ENGLISH TO INTERNATIONALS AS A VOLUNTEER FOR 30 YEARS IN ENGLISH AND MORE WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE MORGAN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. SHE ENJOYS READING, SINGING, PLAYING THE PIANO, AND SPENDING TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

dEBBIE pIRKLE, mINISTER TO PRESCHOOL AND CHILDREN

Debbie@CentralParkbaptist.org

DEBBIE PIRKLE HAS BEEN SERVING AS PRESCHOOL AND CHILDREN’S MINISTER FOR 18 YEARS. SHE AND HER HUSBAND (OF 37 YEARS) ARE NATIVES TO DECATUR. THEY HAVE TWO GROWN SONS (DANIEL-35 AND TIMOTHY-31), A PRECIOUS DAUGHTER-IN-LAW (MALLORY) AND TWO GRANDDAUGHTERS (LILLIE BETH-4 AND ADALYNN GRACE-1). DEBBIE HAS DEGREES FROM CALHOUN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, UNA, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA. SHE HAS BEEN TEACHING ENGLISH TO INTERNATIONALS AS A VOLUNTEER FOR 30 YEARS IN ENGLISH AND MORE WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE MORGAN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. SHE ENJOYS READING, SINGING, PLAYING THE PIANO, AND SPENDING TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

kAREN fLORENCE, cHILDCARE DIRECTOR   karenflorence@centralparkbaptist.org   KAREN SERVES AS THE DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL PARK BAPTIST CHILDCARE CENTER. KAREN HAS A MASTER OF ARTS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION ALONG WITH SEVERAL YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN TEACHING, ADMINISTRATION, AND CHILDREN'S MINISTRY. KAREN HAS TWO CHILDREN WHO ARE BOTH ATTENDING AUBURN UNIVERSITY. KAREN HAS A LOVE FOR CHILDREN AND ENJOYS MINISTERING TO THEIR FAMILIES. SHE BELIEVES THAT GOD AND FAMILY ARE THE FOUNDATION OF A GROWING CHILD. SHE DESIRES TO ENRICH THE GROWTH OF YOUR CHILD THROUGH A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES SPIRITUAL, ACADEMIC, PHYSICAL, AND SOCIAL EXPERIENCES. THE CENTER PROVIDES A QUALITY BIBLICAL BASED HANDS-ON LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

kAREN fLORENCE, cHILDCARE DIRECTOR

karenflorence@centralparkbaptist.org

KAREN SERVES AS THE DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL PARK BAPTIST CHILDCARE CENTER. KAREN HAS A MASTER OF ARTS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION ALONG WITH SEVERAL YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN TEACHING, ADMINISTRATION, AND CHILDREN'S MINISTRY. KAREN HAS TWO CHILDREN WHO ARE BOTH ATTENDING AUBURN UNIVERSITY. KAREN HAS A LOVE FOR CHILDREN AND ENJOYS MINISTERING TO THEIR FAMILIES. SHE BELIEVES THAT GOD AND FAMILY ARE THE FOUNDATION OF A GROWING CHILD. SHE DESIRES TO ENRICH THE GROWTH OF YOUR CHILD THROUGH A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES SPIRITUAL, ACADEMIC, PHYSICAL, AND SOCIAL EXPERIENCES. THE CENTER PROVIDES A QUALITY BIBLICAL BASED HANDS-ON LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

wHITLEY Fleming, secretary and gRAPHIC dESIGNER   whitley@centralparkbaptist.org   WHITLEY JOINED THE CENTRAL PARK STAFF IN APRIL 2017. SHE HAS A PASSION FOR ART, AS WELL AS A PASSION TO SERVE THE LORD WHERE HE LEADS. SHE OBTAINED HER ASSOCIATES OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN FROM CALHOUN COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN 2013. SHE CONTINUED HER EDUCATION AT ATHENS STATE UNIVERSITY AND COMPLETED HER BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN FINE ART WITH A CONCENTRATION IN GRAPHIC DESIGN, AND HER MINOR IN ART HISTORY IN 2015. IN HER SPARE TIME, SHE ENJOYS SERVING AS A leadership team member FOR the central park STUDENT MINISTRY, RUNNING HER HANDMADE CRAFT BUSINESS, talking way too much about her cat, mochi, AND LISTENING TO CHRISTIAN AND SINGER/SONGWRITER MUSIC.

wHITLEY Fleming, secretary and gRAPHIC dESIGNER

whitley@centralparkbaptist.org

WHITLEY JOINED THE CENTRAL PARK STAFF IN APRIL 2017. SHE HAS A PASSION FOR ART, AS WELL AS A PASSION TO SERVE THE LORD WHERE HE LEADS. SHE OBTAINED HER ASSOCIATES OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN FROM CALHOUN COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN 2013. SHE CONTINUED HER EDUCATION AT ATHENS STATE UNIVERSITY AND COMPLETED HER BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN FINE ART WITH A CONCENTRATION IN GRAPHIC DESIGN, AND HER MINOR IN ART HISTORY IN 2015. IN HER SPARE TIME, SHE ENJOYS SERVING AS A leadership team member FOR the central park STUDENT MINISTRY, RUNNING HER HANDMADE CRAFT BUSINESS, talking way too much about her cat, mochi, AND LISTENING TO CHRISTIAN AND SINGER/SONGWRITER MUSIC.

tERESA sMYSER, FINANCIAL sECRETARY   teresa@centralparkbaptist.org   TERESA SMYSER HAS BEEN THE FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR AT CENTRAL PARK FOR 3 YEAR. SHE LIVES IN ATHENS, ALABAMA WITH HER MINISTER HUSBAND AND THEIR DEAF CAT, SPOCK. SHE HAS TWO MARRIED CHILDREN AND ONE FABULOUS GRANDSON, and two sweet granddaughters. SHE GRADUATED FROM EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY. SHE IS AN ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER AT HER HOME CHURCH IN ATHENS. THE REST OF HER TIME IS DIVIDED BETWEEN FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH ACTIVITIES, AND WRITING CHRISTIAN FICTION.

tERESA sMYSER, FINANCIAL sECRETARY

teresa@centralparkbaptist.org

TERESA SMYSER HAS BEEN THE FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR AT CENTRAL PARK FOR 3 YEAR. SHE LIVES IN ATHENS, ALABAMA WITH HER MINISTER HUSBAND AND THEIR DEAF CAT, SPOCK. SHE HAS TWO MARRIED CHILDREN AND ONE FABULOUS GRANDSON, and two sweet granddaughters. SHE GRADUATED FROM EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY. SHE IS AN ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER AT HER HOME CHURCH IN ATHENS. THE REST OF HER TIME IS DIVIDED BETWEEN FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH ACTIVITIES, AND WRITING CHRISTIAN FICTION.

Esther Oettle, House Keeping  ESTHER HERNANDEZ-OETTLE JOINED THE CENTRAL PARK STAFF IN JANUARY 2014. SHE IS MARRIED TO JIMMY OETTLE. SHE HAS TWO SONS, AND TWIN DAUGHTERS. SHE ALSO HAS 3 GRANDCHILDREN.  1 CORINTHIANS 13:13  "AND NOW THESE THREE REMAIN FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE... BUT THE GREATEST IS LOVE."

Esther Oettle, House Keeping

ESTHER HERNANDEZ-OETTLE JOINED THE CENTRAL PARK STAFF IN JANUARY 2014. SHE IS MARRIED TO JIMMY OETTLE. SHE HAS TWO SONS, AND TWIN DAUGHTERS. SHE ALSO HAS 3 GRANDCHILDREN.

1 CORINTHIANS 13:13

"AND NOW THESE THREE REMAIN FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE... BUT THE GREATEST IS LOVE."