Pastor: Bill Barnes
I was born and raised in Macon and a member of Mabel White Baptist Church from childhood. After receiving my B.A. in Business Administration from UGA in '08, I married my wife, Rebecca, and we moved back to Macon. Rebecca and I were involved in an inner-city church and led a Christian recovery ministry until I felt called to seminary in 2012. Over the seven years that my M.Div. took at RTS Atlanta, I've served as a Youth Director, VP of Retail Operations at the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia, and as Children's Ministry Director and Operations Manager at North Macon Presbyterian Church. Most recently, I served as the Pastoral Intern at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Sandy Springs and was ordained on February 16, 2020 - just in time to pastor through a pandemic. Rebecca and I have 2 sons: Liam (7) and Clay (5).
My pastoral heroes have been local men faithfully serving their flocks. My most significant preaching influence comes from Pastor John Piper, the retired long-time pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. While I do not rival the mental capacity of Dr. Piper, I aspire to love and exposit the Word in similar fashion. I'm a bit of an old-soul with an intentional desire not to build my “brand” but to follow the words in 1 Peter 5 regarding pastors:
shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
Associate Pastor of Worship and Families: Ryan Maddox
I am blessed and grateful for the opportunity to serve at Byron Baptist Church! Throughout my life, God has given me a passion for music and His Word. Serving as the Pastor of Worship and Families is the perfect way to marry both of those passions. These desires led me to pursue a Specialist's degree is Music Education from the University of Georgia in addition to seminary work and an Ordination into the Gospel ministry.
On a personal note, I love golf and UGA sports (Go Dawgs!). Seafood is amazing and so is chocolate! While at UGA, God blessed me with an amazing helpmate in my wife, Wesleigh. We now have three fantastic children, Benjamin, Caleb, and Kayleigh.
My goal for every worship service is that our church members engage in authentic, Spirit-filled worship. Our God is great and worthy of our praise! I invite you to join us!
Children's Ministry and Administrative Assistant: Wesleigh Maddox
I am thrilled to join the staff at Byron Baptist! My husband Ryan, our 3 children (Benjamin, Caleb, and Kayleigh), and I have loved being a part of this church family since Ryan was called to be the Worship Pastor. I am blessed that the Lord called me to join in the work He is doing here to further serve this church and the community.
I accepted Christ when I was 9. I knew God was real. I knew Jesus died on the cross for me. I knew I wanted to obey Him. Through my teenage and college years, my understanding of my sin and Jesus’s sacrifice grew. I knew I wanted to continue serving our great God! I went into the field of education and have participated in a variety of church ministries.
My passion for the Children’s Ministry comes from Luke 6:48: “He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.” These are the “foundation” years in the lives of our children. My prayer is that we provide them with strong, Biblical truths and a life-saving knowledge of Jesus to build a firm foundation for their teenage years and adulthood.
Church Pianist: Joyia Morris
I have been the pianist at Byron Baptist for about 22 years. I have been attending here since I was two years old. At age ten, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I have been involved in the music program in some form ever since.
God sent my husband, Marshael, to me from Canton by way of Americus and he and I have raised three children here: Nicolas (wife Ashlee), DeLacey (husband Alex and son Graham), and Ansley (now living in Heaven). They also were saved and baptized here.
I am a prime example of the phrase, "God does not call the equipped; He equips the called," for I truly could not serve Him without His help. I am honored and blessed to be serving here.
Church Organist: Mary Ann Scott
I was born and raised in Butler (Taylor County), Georgia. At the age of nine, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and joined Horeb Baptist Church. After graduating from Butler High School, I married Marshall Scott and we lived in Macon, Georgia and joined Bethesda Baptist Church. In 1968, we moved to Byron, Georgia and joined Byron Baptist Church where we currently worship.
When I was in the fourth grade, I started piano lessons not knowing at that time that music would be an important part of my life. I have served in each of the above churches playing the piano, organ or singing in the choir for the majority of my life.
Marshall and I have three children, Keith, Kim (Wes), and Kirk (Susan). We have five grandchildren and four great grands.