Dr. Brad Smith, Senior Pastor
It may sound simple, but our pastor, Brad Smith, bases his work in ministry around this mantra.
A native North Carolinian, Brad came to TMBC in June 2015. He was born and raised in Fayetteville, with parents who he describes as “role models in every sense of the term.” After graduating from Appalachian State University, Brad pursued his childhood dream of becoming a police officer. He worked with the Fayetteville Police Department as a patrol officer after graduating with honors from the NC Justice Academy. It was during this time he was tapped by Mt. Pisgah to serve as their part-time Youth Minister. His professions of officer and minister often collided in the living rooms of families receiving death notifications and in impromptu parking lot bible studies with fellow officers during holiday shifts. It seemed no matter where Brad went, the tug of ministry followed.
Brad enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Campbell University. Upon entering school full-time, Brad was presented with a Youth Ministry opportunity at First Baptist Fayetteville and served that congregation while completing graduate school. Upon graduation, Brad was selected for the CBF ministerial residency program and moved with his family to Wilmington, North Carolina to serve as the Assistant Pastor of First Baptist Wilmington. As his residency grew near its end, Brad began discerning where God would use him next. During this season of prayer and discernment, Brad accepted the call to become senior pastor of Rosalind Hills Baptist (RHBC) in Roanoke, Virginia.
Brad and his wife, Jamie, met while both worked at the Fayetteville Police Department. They have two children, Alex and Brooklyn.
Currently, Brad is a member of the Board of Ministers at Campbell University, is a volunteer chaplain with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, certified congregational coach and is vice president of CareNet Counseling East board.
Dr. Andy Roby, Associate Pastor: Minister of Music and Worship Arts
Andrew Roby, D.M.A., has served as TMBC’s Associate Pastor for Music and Worship Arts since October 2017. Previously, he served as Minister of Music for First Baptist Church, Shelby, North Carolina for over sixteen years, and adjunct faculty member in the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University. Andy has served in choral conducting positions in academic, church, and community settings since 1981. Academic appointments have included Asbury College, Shorter College (GA), and Union University. He has served in church music positions in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. Andy serves as the conductor and artistic director the Greenville Choral Society’s Concert Choir. Previously, Andy directed the North Carolina Baptist Singers and Orchestra, an organization composed of approximately 160 church musicians from across the state.
Andy has conducted choirs or led choral techniques seminars across the southern and eastern United States, and internationally in Germany, The Netherlands, England, Brazil, Cuba, Belize, Trinidad, and Nicaragua. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Andy currently serves on the Board of Directors as Past President of the North Carolina Chapter. He has presented sessions on choral music in the church at both state and regional conferences of ACDA, and has published articles in state and regional publications, as well as The Choral Journal, the official journal of ACDA.
Andy received his undergraduate degree from Union University (TN). His Master of Church Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees were awarded by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, where he studied conducting with Dr. Milburn Price, past national president of ACDA, and Dr. John Dickson, currently the Director of Choral Activities at Louisiana State University (LSU). His vocal pedagogy studies were with Dr. Jay Wilkey.
Andy’s wife, Mary, is Assistant Director of Laupus Library on the Health Sciences Campus of East Carolina University. Their daughter Rachel and son-in-law Daniel live in Raleigh, along with Andy and Mary’s amazing granddaughters, Karis and Ava. Their son David,and daughter-in-law Margaret currently reside in Birmingham, Alabama.
Associate Pastor, Minister of Families, Formation, and Community Engagement
Iglesia Bautista Internacional de Greenville
Dr. Juan Carlos Cevallos, Pastor
Juan Carlos nació en Quito, Ecuador el 10 de octubre del 1954. Está casado con María Luisa y tienen dos hijos, Juan Carlos Jr. y Esteban. Además, tienen cinco nietos. Obtuvo su Ph.D. en Colombia, Sudamérica. Han podido servir como pastores en Venezuela, Ecuador y El Paso, Texas, durante 45 años. Si bien ha sido pastor, se ha desempeñado también como profesor en varios Seminarios y Universidades en Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, República Dominicana, México y Estados Unidos. Junto con su esposa, ha estado trabajando durante los últimos 22 años, en traducciones, ediciones y maquetación de innumerables libros, y también han escrito varias obras con énfasis en la preparación de miembros de iglesia, y libros académicos (como biblias de estudio y comentarios bíblicos). Dios ha usado a Juan Carlos para ser parte del equipo de traducción (griego y hebreo al español) de varias versiones de la Biblia (NVI, BTX y RVA-2015). También ha podido escribir varios libros, siendo el último el Interlineal Académico del Nuevo Testamento Griego-Español (Interlineal Greek Spanish. New Testament).
Kseniia Chivela, Coordinator of Office Administration & Communications
Kseniia joined the TMBC in April 2021. She was born and grew up in the small town of Priozersk in the northwest part of Russia. She moved to the United States in August 2017 to attend Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications in December 2020. At MU, Kseniia was an active member of the community and took on various leadership positions, such as Head Resident Assistant, Writing Center consultant, producer of a news show MU Reports, and served as the Speech and Debate team president. Before coming to the United States, Kseniia studied at an international boarding school, United World College Dilijan, in Armenia.
Kseniia is married to Fernando Chivela, originally from Angola. Fernando is a graduate student at ECU Brody School of Medicine. She and her husband met while they both attended Methodist University. They reside in Greenville. Kseniia has a background of working as a journalist. She was also a part of a folk group back in Russia. She enjoys the North Carolina weather and going to the ocean to add to her seashell collection.
Fran Wilson, Pianist
Fran taught school 33 years in Pitt County and is now retired. As accompanist, she was part of Adoration, which performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall. Presently, she accompanies the Greenville Choral Society’s Chamber Choral and the Children’s Chorus, the chorus at Hope Middle School, and the Chancel Choir at The Memorial Baptist Church. Her family consists of her husband, John; children, Sharon and Ben; and grandsons, Caleb and Chip.
Sandro Silva, Organist
Sandro Silva joined the music ministry staff of The Memorial Baptist Church on January 1, 2019. He serves as the church organist and assists with other music ministry and worship arts activities within the church. Sandro moved to Greenville from São Paulo, Brazil, where he served as the organist for United Presbyterian Church and Liberty Baptist Church for 24 years.
Sandro holds the Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance from Unicsul in São Paulo, and a specialized certificate in collaborative piano from the Brazilian Conservatory of Music in Rio de Janeiro. He has traveled extensively in the United States and internationally, performing and studying with highly respected organists.
In the future, Sandro plans to enter the Master of Music Degree program in Sacred Music and Organ at East Carolina University, studying with Dr. Andrew Scanlon.
Kay Godwin, Director of Preschool
Kay Godwin and her husband, Tony, have been members of TMBC since 1987 and has worked with the Weekday Program since 2001. She is the mother of two boys, Adam and Michael.
Kay has completed her certification in Preschool and Children’s ministry from Campbell University Divinity School to round out a Masters in Human Development and Psychological Counseling from Appalachian State University, a Masters in Library Science from East Carolina University as well as a BSBA in Business Administration.
With a passion for children, she stepped into a staff position in August 2001 as the Interim Director of the Weekday Preschool. In 2003, she moved into the role of Children’s Ministry Director overseeing the weekday program and the children’s ministry of the church. With both programs continuing to grow at a rapid pace, she returned to the position as Weekday Director in Jan 2007.
Prior to joining the TMBC staff, Kay worked in the public schools as a media coordinator for three years and worked at East Carolina University in student life for 7 years. When not doing church work, Kay enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and working in the yard.