the journey

Pastoral leadershp

  • Chris chitwood

    LEAD PASTOR



    Chris teaches and provides strategic leadership and direction for our church.  Before joining our staff, he served as a pilot in the USAF.  He is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  He's married to his high school sweetheart Leslie, and they have two children, Jonah and Kailey.


    chris@fbclavonia.org

  • Doug Garvin

    ASSOCIATE PASTOR


    Doug joined the staff in 2016 bringing much experience and initiative to our church from his previous role as a church planter.  He gives leadership and direction to our student ministry team as well as the overall worship ministry of the church.  Doug is married to Shelly, and they have 3 children, Ryan, Ashleigh, and Chandler.


    doug@fbclavonia.org

  • Brandt akin

    PASTOR OF FAMILY MINISTRIES AND MISSIONS



    Brandt joined our church staff in June 2021 and provides leadership and support to our Kid's Town ministries and their families.  He also brings his passion for missions to his role in helping our church fulfill the Great Commission. Brandt is married to Morgan and have three young boys! 

  • jacob bell

    STUDENT MINISTRY DIRECTOR





  • dick patton

    MINISTRY CARE DIRECTOR


    Our church is blessed to have Dick and Kathryn in our church family.  Dick retired from full-time pastoral ministry over a decade ago and moved to Lavonia to be near his children and grandchildren.  Dick serves part-time in our church and provides leadership to our Celebrate Recovery ministry, senior adults, and ministry care. 

  • amy moss

    PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

  • ANGIE MAFFETT

    MINISTRY ASSISTANT