Dr. Steven WrightSenior Pastor
Professional: I began my full-time pastoral career in 2002, as I was called to pastor Black Springs Baptist Church in Milledgeville, Georgia, for two years. After this, the Lord led us to the First Baptist Church of Montezuma, Georgia, where we were privileged to serve for nearly five years. Most recently, I was the pastor of Signal Mountain Baptist Church near Chattanooga, Tennessee, and served in that capacity for approximately 10 years.
About: I have a wonderful family! My wife, Patti, is the love of my life and her faithfulness to Christ inspires me daily. God has blessed us with three boys, Justin, Jonathan, and Jackson and each are a unique gift from God. We are an energetic crew with all kinds of hobbies!
Interests: Golf (Though I have been in beginner status for nearly 10 years), Reading, following the Braves, the Georgia Southern Eagles, and yes, the Georgia Bulldogs!! (It’s great to be back in the red state!!!)
Did You Know? I attended a World Heavyweight championship boxing match in 1998.
Chuck EilandMinister of Music
Professional: I’ve had the opportunity to serve both part-time and full-time in Music Ministry since 1973. I began serving at DBC in 1999. I have a little note on my office door that says “Music is what feelings sound like” and I think that sums it up nicely.
About: The joy of my Savior, the joy of my family and the joy of music pretty well describe “my joy” for serving at Dahlonega Baptist Church. I guess I should also include the joy of living in the mountains of North Georgia. I am truly blessed and consider it a privilege to live and serve where God has placed my wife, Diane, and I.
Interests: Music / Guitars / Corvettes / Movies / NASCAR / NCAA Football / Riding bicycles
Did You Know? In my high school years I was considering a future career in either Automotive or Mechanical Engineering.
Nancy GallagherInterim Director of Student Ministry
Professional: I worked for five years as a financial manager in Illinois prior to being married. I then spent several years as a stay-at-home mom. This was a huge change from a 60+ hour work week, but it had its own challenges and rewards. I then worked two school years at Sonshine Weekday Preschool, two seasons preparing Wednesday night supper, and now am currently serving as the Interim youth Director. It is amazing to see how trusting God with my life has taken me down professional journeys I could have never imagined.
About: I am blessed to be a mother of four beautiful children. Aydin (11), Keiwhan (9), Grace (3) and Rosemary (7 months). After many years of careful prayers, the Lord blessed me with an amazing husband. Josh and I were married in 2013. Throughout our marriage we have had the typical ups and downs, but as our love for the Lord grows and deepens, so does the strength of our bond and love for each other.
Interests: Reading (when I get the opportunity), spending time with family and friends, learning to garden and studying the Bible with my kids.
Did you know? My dad and both of my grandparents are 100% Native American. That makes me 50% Native American. I belong to two different tribes, Aamjiwnaang First Nation (Chippewa) out of Sarnia Canada, and Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation out of Kansas.
Dianne KingOffice Manager
Professional: I have served DBC for the last 30 years. The first 8 years were working for Rev. Bob Green and the last 20+ years working for Pastor Bill Hutcheson, and now with Pastor Steven Wright. It has been a wonderful journey with my DBC family, whom I love very much.
About: I value honesty, a Godly attitude and compassion. My passion is that everyone be treated fairly without judgement.
Interests: Hiking, scrapbooking and spending time with my children.
Did You Know? In the past two years, I have gone ziplining and parasailing! Looking forward to my next adventure.
Allison SouthMarketing & Communications Director
Professional: I am passionate about promoting DBC and our mission, and am working on expanding our presence in the local community. My education includes a degree in English as well as photography, graphic design and marketing courses. I am currently studying typography and logo design.
About: I have been an active church member of DBC since 2008, and have served as VBS director and am the event planner for the Women’s Ministry Team. I am the mother of two children, Jamey and Story.
Interests: Photography, decorating, history, and spending time at the beach.
Did You Know? I have been on national TV…twice! It’s not as glamorous as you think.
Lowayne CraigFinancial Assistant
About: I married my soul-mate and lived with him for 45 wonderful years. My son was born in 1981, another gift from God. My husband has now passed on to be with the Lord after giving us miracles upon miracles to allow us about three extra years together. Now my mission is to serve that Lord and try to tell others about Christ’s power in our lives.
Did You Know? I am an avid deer hunter and have a beautiful 8-point buck hanging on my wall.
Carl GibsonFacilities Manager
Professional: I consider myself a “jack of all trades” as I am the Facilities Manager for Jeremiah’s House (transitional living facility), volunteer at a wildlife preserve, and occasionally work within the video productions industry as a production assistant, in addition to my responsibilites for managing the DBC facility.
About: I believe that everyone deserves the upmost respect something my father taught me and that’s what I give to everyone I encounter.
Interests: Fishing, Tennessee Volunteer Football, Volunteer Work
Did You Know? I survived an attack by a 180 pound alpha wolf while working at a wildlife preserve.