Our Team

Dr. Steven Wright

Senior Pastor

Faith: I am the product of a faithful family, as my mother and father are both Christians.  The result is that they were eager to raise their children in church.  At the young age of 6, I made a profession of faith and was baptized.  When I was a teenager, I drifted spiritually because my priorities were not where they needed to be.  This changed when I was 18 years old, as I recommitted my life to Jesus Christ during my freshman year of college at Georgia Southern University.  I became involved in the Baptist Student Union there and grew in my faith tremendously.  I also surrendered to the call to full-time ministry and met my wife, Patti, who also felt called to serve the Lord as a pastor’s wife.

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 Eiland

Minister of Music

Faith: I’ve been a Christian since age 14 and God has walked with me through a lot of highs and lows along that pathway of faith experiences.  As the Andre Crouch song says “Through it all, through it all; I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God”.  I have been amazed to see how He has guided me along the way and shown me His calling for my life. 

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.

Sherrie Gray

Interim Director of Children’s Ministry

Faith:  I grew up with the knowledge of Christ as my Lord and Savior, but I was a teenager before I actually came to a place of salvation and made Him truly my Lord.  I have always strived to do what’s is right and to lead a good life, but after a run in with cancer my faith was laser focused to become someone that Christ can effectively use.

Professional: After marriage, I began climbing the corporate ladder.  A few years later, when I had my first child, I was still looking to climb the corporate ladder. God had other plans and I left the corporate world to become a stay-at-home mom and assist my husband with our video business.  My business skill sets are founded in accounting and business marketing. My spiritual gift is “administration”. Yes, I finally feel I am where God can use me in His service for His glory.

About: I am a big kid at heart and I love having fun. I am always thinking like I live in a cartoon world. I love to play softball and basketball. I get a lot of joy watching my kids having fun whether it is playing music, or sports.

Interests: Sports and cooking

Did you know?  I am very competitive and once pitched softball at a national level.

Nancy Gallagher

Interim Director of Student Ministry

Faith:  Throughout my entire childhood I spent various Sundays in church with my great grandma or was bussed to a local church if my mom had to work on a Sunday. I learned little snippets about God, but there was never a strong force pouring into me and sharing the gospel. I carried on in life feeling that something was missing from my life, a purpose and drive. It wasn’t until I was a young adult with two sweet children of my own that I discovered what I was missing. The love for the Lord! After much consideration, I started to attend church and read the Bible. In 2011, I made a public confession of faith and was baptized. Since then I have seen the Lord at work in my heart, my daily life and my journey as a mother and wife.

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 King

Office Manager

Faith: I became a Christian and was baptized when I was 12 years old at Dahlonega Baptist Church. I had wonderful and loving parents and they sent me to Sunday School almost every Sunday. I am grateful to God for saving me when I was young, however, I did not really understand the Gospel of Christ until I was a young adult when I came to fully trust in Christ as my Savior and truly understand that God loves me so much He sent His Son to die for my sins so that I am forgiven. The Lord has brought me through difficult times in my life and I believe my faith in Him has grown through those experiences. I know that God is on my side!!

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 South

Marketing & Communications Director

Faith: I grew up attending a Christian school and going to church every Sunday. God’s love has been a part of my life since I can remember, and I am continuing to learn every day to depend on Him.

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 Craig

Financial Assistant

Faith: I was born into a large family. My mother couldn’t always attend church when I was an adolescent with lots of small children; therefore, I was invited to attend with my aunt and uncle or I caught a ride to church.  It was on one of these occasions that I accepted Christ into my life at the age of eleven.

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 Gibson

Facilities Manager

Faith: My life changed dramatically on Dec. 15, 2009 when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior.  The past 26 years before I was a drug addict and on that day, God released me from the addiction that consumed my life, I thank God everyday and serve him to the best of my ability at DBC. I have served as Deacon and am involved in our men’s ministry and our student ministry as well.

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.