John graduated Emory University in Atlanta, GA, holds a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. He has served multiple churches throughout Georgia and Texas as a pastor and in associate pastoral roles. He is currently a State Missionary with the Georgia Baptist Convention (GBC). In this work, he has had the privilege of leading many churches as an interim pastor from a new church start to large metropolitan congregations.
He teaches and preaches regularly across Georgia and has led mission teams across America and throughout the world. His radio ministry is broadcast daily in the state and on internet radio. His current assignment with the GBC is to creatively advance our SBC Cooperative Program into the future through stewardship and endowment ministries.
Born in Atlanta, John married his high school sweet heart, Clare McGaughey, also of Atlanta. They have three married sons: Andrew (34), Benjamin (32) and Christopher (29) and three grand-daughters. Two of their sons are ordained ministers and serve in student ministries in Augusta, GA. The Bryan's currently reside in Cleveland, GA. John’s office is at the GA Baptist Missions and Ministry Center in Duluth, GA.
Minister to Youth, Interim
Ken grew up in Mars Hill, North Carolina, and attended Mars Hill College. After receiving a master’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, he has had a long career in the Information Technology industry as a computer programmer and business owner. Ken has spent much of his free time over the last 25 years discipling and mentoring youth—as a tutor, coach, Sunday School teacher, Bible study leader, small group facilitator, youth leader trainer, camp speaker and foster parent. Ken’s passion is leading middle and high school students in following Jesus. He and his son Jordan moved to Hiawassee in 2011.
He has served as Youth Sunday School Director at First Baptist Atlanta, and was instrumental in developing the middle school ministry at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, where he received Volunteer of the Year award in 1999. He has worked with BigStuf camps, currently serves on the board of SWAT (Students With A Testimony) Ministries, and was the keynote speaker for the area-wide DiscipleNow weekend in April, 2013.
Minister of Music
Chris, a native of Blairsville, GA, attended Young Harris College, graduated the University of Georgia (UGA) with a Bachelor of Music Education, and should complete a master of Music Education from Piedmont College by December 2013. While attending UGA, Chris was both musician and singer. He was the pianist for the Men's and Women's Glee club, the African American Choral Ensemble, and Grove Level Baptist Church in Maysville, GA. On a month-long trip to Seoul, Korea with the UGA Baptist Student Union, he sang and witnessed at several colleges. He also auditioned for and sang with UGA's Accidentals, an a cappella performance group. Serving churches since 1990, Chris continues to use his passion and gift for music to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Chris and his wife Susan, a native of Woodstock, GA, live in Blairsville, GA. with daughters Bailey, Hensley, and Mady and son, Logan.
Music and Pastoral Care
Wayne has a B.A. in voice at University of Central Florida and architectural degrees from the University of Florida and University of Michigan. He and Pam, his wife of 38 years, have a son, daughter, and 2 granddaughters.
Before coming to McConnell in January, 2005, Wayne served in 2 churches in the Orlando area for 26 years and worked as a registered architect/site planner. In addition to his work at McConnell, he serves as a care giver to critically ill or handicapped men in our area. Besides being an accomplished pianist, vocalist, and landscape gardener, Wayne loves the Lord.
Office AssistantsCindy Clem
Pastor’s and Financial Secretary
Cindy has a degree in Business Administration from Appalachian State University. She has two children who are in pursuit of higher educational degrees. Before coming to McConnell over six years ago, Cindy worked at the Bank of Hiawassee. She enjoys outdoor activities, travel and photography.
She and her husband, Jim, have a teen-age son, Cale. Before moving to the area, Sheila managed her family's farm operation. She has been on staff at MMBC for over 5 years and is active in church as a Stephen Minister and Sunday School teacher. She enjoys scrap-booking, reading, and gardening.
Connie has a degree in Health Information Management from the Medical College of Georgia. She moved to the area in 2007 after retiring as an assistant director of Medical Records. Connie is an active member of MMBC and supports many church ministry efforts. She enjoys reading, walking, cooking and playing with her pets.
Minister of Administration, Interim (part-time)
Jimmy is a native of Haralson County Georgia and graduated from Truett-McConnell College, West Georgia University, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. At mid-career, he returned to school earning a doctorate degree in education from NOVA Southeastern University. After serving as pastor of several Georgia churches, Jimmy moved into work with children's homes and, over the course of 27 years, served in top administrative roles in three different organizations including Georgia Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries and Connie Maxwell Children's Home in South Carolina. He retired as President of Florida Baptist Children's Home with headquarters in Lakeland, Florida.
Jimmy and his wife Connie have two children, Jay and Wendy, and three grandchildren. They moved to Hiawassee in 2007 to retire among the beautiful mountains they both love. He enjoys working in his church and pursuing his woodworking hobby.
Cameron manages the day-to-day operation of the buildings.
Ministry AssistantsDr. Rudy Patton
Rudy served as Pastor at McConnell for over 10 years and retired in May of 2009.
He and his wife, Melinda, have two children and 3 grandchildren.