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Dr. Stephen Cutchins

Senior Pastor

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 has served the local church for over a decade and now serves as Senior Pastor of First Baptist of North Augusta. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry degree with an emphasis in Christian Apologetics and currently teaches adjunctly at Fruitland Baptist Bible College in North Carolina.

Stephen is a writer and author of the book "PROVE IT-Defend the Christian Faith". He is also a contributing author for the 2016 Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook and a regional and national speaker on Christian Apologetics and Leadership. In Summer of 2016, Stephen was accepted to the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies program at Dallas Baptist University which he is currently completing. 

Stephen lives in the Augusta, GA area with his wife, Wendy, and his two daughters, Madelyn and Sarah. His passions are spending time with his family, teaching the Word of God, making disciples, and talking to people about God’s amazing grace.

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Jeff Bumgardner

Worship Pastor


Jeff is a gifted and dynamic leader of worship. He bases his leadership on John 4:23 where the Scriptures say, ”the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him.” He and his wife, Jody, have been married 18 years and have 4 children: Caleb, Abby, Ella, and Ava. As a multiple GMA DOVE Award winning songwriter, Jeff is leading us to write original songs to share the stories of what God is doing at FBCNA with the world. 

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Dr. Mike Cunningham

Pastor of Discipleship


Raised in a Christian home, Mike  understood grace and became a Christian in the seventh grade. He was called to ministry as a sophomore in college, completing a bachelor of church music from Baylor University in 1996. He has served on church staffs in four different states and various roles since 1993. He has led, served, and trained in the areas of Christian education, church planting, missions, disaster relief, worship, and leadership. He holds many state convention and North American Mission Board certifications.

Mike graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Christian Education in 2006 and a Master of Arts in Missiology in 2007. He recently earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and he is in the second year of a Ph.D. in Leadership program from Dallas Baptist University.

Mike is husband to Sharon and father to Wei. Together, they enjoy traveling, hiking and dining.

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Patrick Harmon

Pastor of Administration


Patrick serves as our Pastor of Administration.  Raised in Spartanburg, SC, Patrick attended Clemson University, where he met his best friend and now wife Keri.  They were married in June of 2005.

Patrick was called into full-time ministry in 2006.  Afterwards, he and Keri moved to Wake Forest, where he graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry in 2010.  Patrick and Keri have three children.  

Patrick enjoys spending time with his family, overlanding, camping, traveling, Clemson football, and learning new cultures.

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Roy Kiser

Senior Adult Pastor


Roy facilitates the Senior Adult ministry.  He grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is the son of Fred and Ruth Kiser of Oak Ridge and the older brother of Steve.  He is married to Becky Franklin, an R.N. from Phenix City, Alabama.

Roy is a graduate of Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, and from Southwestern Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

Roy came to the CSRA in July of 2009, bringing a diversity of ministry experience. Throughout more than 35 years of ministry, Roy has served churches in West Virginia, Alabama, Texas, Florida, Northern Virginia, and Georgia.  His ministry roles have included music ministry, student ministry, family ministry, and pastor. He enjoys family, golfing, racquetball, and music.

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Josh Forrest

Student Pastor


Josh grew up in Pauline, SC, a small town in Spartanburg county. After graduating high school from Dorman, he attended Charleston Southern University. During college, Josh served as a staffer at Camp McCall and his camp name was Buhlhawgk (bull-hawg). It was at McCall that he met his wife, Tiffany, felt his call to ministry, and got married. In 2010, Tiffany and Josh moved to Fort Worth, TX where Josh attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Tiffany and Josh have two daughters named Grace & Karla.

Josh enjoys meeting and engaging with students, spending time with family, and running. 

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Drew Norris

Middle School Minister


Our newest member to the Student Ministry team, Drew grew up across the river in Augusta, Georgia. During his sophomore year at Augusta Christian Schools, the Lord radically changed his life; Drew felt and understood that the Lord was calling him to serve the body of Christ in ministry. After graduating from Augusta Christian Schools, he pursued a BA in Youth Ministry from North Greenville University. He graduated from NGU in May of 2017, and plans to continue his education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary pursuing a Master of Divinity. 

During his college years, though, Drew actively worked in different ministry settings. He worked for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, investing in the lives of students for over five years via different camp settings; he traveled all over the southeast, hosting D-Now weekends and serving different churches and their youth; he worked as a youth intern for a local church in Greenville, South Carolina. 

To put it simply, Drew has a passion to serve students, their families, and the local church.

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Dena Riley

Children's Minister


Dena serves as our Director of Children's Ministries.  Serving since 1998, she leads Connection Groups for birth through 5th grade, Vacation Bible School, and is a resource for Mission Friends, RAs and GAs.  She has also served as a 1st grade GA leader since 1993.

Dena has a BS degree in Interior Design from the University of Tennessee but has always worked with children in various capacities.  Both born and raised in Greeneville, TN, Dena is married to Tim, an electrical engineer at SRS.  They have two daughters, Emily, who is a nurse and lives in Chapel Hill, NC; and Rachel, who is a nurse and lives in Savannah, GA.

Dena enjoys working with children, cooking, decorating, crafting, and just being with people.

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Janice McElmurray

Preschool Minister


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Dana McElmurray

Weekday Education Director


Dana has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina and taught public school in Aiken County for four years before joining our team.

Dana's experience as a mother of three girls helps her to assist other mothers. Dana is currently representing our church by serving as President of the South Carolina Association of Weekday Educators.

Dana oversees our Mother’s Day Out ministry for 6-week-old babies through 5-year olds, as well as our 3, 4, and 5-year old Kindergarten programs.  Our weekday program is one of the largest programs in South Carolina.

She and her husband, Paul, have three daughters, Meredith, Abby, and Emma. Dana enjoys playing tennis and working with children.

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Tammy West

Weekday Assistant Director


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Ellen Sanders

Director of Communications


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Zac Anderson

Worship Associate & Communications


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Meredith McElmurray

Media Communications


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Harriet Connor

Office Manager


Harriet is a lifelong resident of the Augusta/North Augusta area. She is one of six children and has been blessed with many nieces and nephews.

She has served in various positions on the staff of FBCNA since 1970 and has served with many wonderful staff members along the way. She believes each staff member has contributed to her walk with the Lord.

For relaxation, Harriet enjoys spending time with friends and family. She loves attending sporting events, especially when her nephews are playing!

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Karen Proffitt

Senior-Executive Assistant


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Marie Brooks

Worship Ministry Assistant


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Ellen Lloyd

Administration Assistant


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Esther Griffin

Senior Adult Ministries Assistant


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Sandy Katterjohn

Student Ministry Assistant


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Rebecca Webb

Children's Ministry Assistant


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Wendy Helinski

Business Manager


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Connie Franks

Records Assistant


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Kevin Brown

Facilities Director


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Media Technology