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 Ministry Assistant
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.
Sue has been in a ministry for most of her life. Since 1987 she has worked as Church Secretary, Pastor’s Secretary, Minister of Education Secretary, and retired in 2010 as Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Pregnancy Resource Center in Fayetteville, Georgia. Through a series of events, God once again called Sue into another ministry she loves: music. She enjoys spending leisure time with her husband Les, her horse Quest, and dog Natasha.
Director of Media Services
Ryan Farmer received his B.S. in Communications from Lee University while volunteering in media in local churches. After graduation, he worked at Kingdom Connection in Gainesville, GA, serving as an Associate Producer and Web Content Manager. When he is not working, he spends time with his wife Summer, playing tennis, and going to the movies.
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.
Church Administrator, Interim (part-time)
Frank moved to Hiawassee from St. Petersburg, Florida in 2007. He retired from Progress Energy after a 30 year career in Power System Operations and Planning after attending college at St. Petersburg Junior College and St. Petersburg College. He also served as the Florida Regional Representative to the North American Electric Reliability Council. Frank has been married to his wife Wilma for 45 years. She retired from United Parcel service at the same time after a 30 year career. Frank and Wilma feel that the decision to retire and move to Hiawassee was driven by God and out of obedience to Him they heeded His direction with the plan of following His will and becoming absorbed in ministries and support of the church. Frank has had the privilege of serving on many ministry teams and committees at McConnell Memorial.
Cameron manages the day-to-day operation of the buildings.