Phil Bryant was born in Cochran, GA and raised in Macon. At the age of 12 he prayed to receive Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at Mable White Baptist Church. At 26, Phil began to experience some changes in his life but questioned whether it was God's leading or his own ambitions about serving the Lord. In October 1981, he accepted the call into full-time ministry.
Phil graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1968, with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and in 1985, received his Master of Divinity at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
Phil is married to Kathy who serves along side him as an integral part of his ministry. Kathy also serves as the Executive Secretary for the Rehoboth Baptist Association, which includes 54 churches and missions across 5 counties in Middle Georgia. Phil and Kathy have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Phil previously served as Minister of Education and Outreach in Kentucky, as well as churches in the Middle Georgia area. He served as Minister of Education and Outreach at Sandy Valley beginning in 1993, and in 1998 assumed the duties of full-time pastor.
Associate Pastor Dr. Don Jenrette
Dr. Don Jenrette was born at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Florida, and raised in the South Georgia town of Adel, Georgia. At the age of 9 he prayed to receive Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at Gordon Avenue Baptist Church. After his son-in-law, Ryan Williams, was killed riding his motorcycle, God’s pull became stronger upon Don because of His faithfulness in leading Ryan to Him months before his death. In September 2013, he accepted the call into the ministry, received his Certificate of License in The Gospel Ministry in November 2013, and called to serve at Sandy Valley Baptist Church in September 2014 as Associate Pastor.
Don retired as a commissioned officer in 1995 from a 24-year Air Force career, and served in church lay leader jobs in Guam, Alabama, Illinois, and Maryland. He also retired from Civil Service as Drug Demand Reduction Program Manager for the national headquarters of the Air Force Reserve located at Robins AFB in January 2017.
Don has also served as an adjunct professor at Middle Georgia State University teaching Sociology and Criminology courses since 1999 through the Fall Semester of 2014.
Don graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens in 2004 with a Doctorate in Education with emphasis in Adult Education and Life-long Learning. In 2017 he graduated from Andersonville Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree with emphasis in Pastoral Leadership.
Don married the former Faye Brown from Hawkinsville, Georgia in 1976. Faye serves alongside him as an integral part of his ministry and the ministries of Sandy Valley Baptist Church. Don and Faye have three grown children, Jennifer, Roxanne, and Edwin, and five grandchildren, Tre, Jacob, Madison, Sophie and Tucker.
Director of Youth Ministries, Jake Fowler
Jake was born and raised right here in Warner Robins. At a young age, Christ redeemed Jake with his saving grace. 2 Timothy 1:9 says, “He has saved us and called us to a holy life, not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” In fifth grade, Jake dressed up as a pastor for career day. God instilled in him a passion very early on for the preaching and teaching of the Gospel to all people. Jake recognizes the dire need of our youth to know Jesus and to make Him known in their schools and in our world. He seeks to model a glad assumption of sacrificial responsibility in forming relationships and in discipling of students. Jake earned his bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies from Truett-McConnell University in Cleveland, Georgia, in May of 2015. He is currently seeking his Masters of Divinity online from the Southern Baptist Seminary. He has served in multiple ministry capacities as a Christian camp counselor at Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters in North Carolina, as a Christian Life Coordinator in college, as an interim youth pastor in the North Georgia mountains, and as a cottage parent at a Christian children’s home in Texas. Jake and his wife Emily met in high school and they have four children, two adopted, Kathryn and Benjamin, and two biological, Abigail and Judson. In the fall of 2016 Jake and Emily recognized the providence of God in leading them to Texas to become cottage parents at a Christian children’s home. It was here that God sovereignly orchestrated the adoption of their two oldest children before calling them back home to serve in ministry together, To the praise of God’s glory and matchless holiness alone, Jake and Emily desire to come alongside of parents and families to equip students to face the challenges of this world by establishing a strong, Biblical foundation and knowledge of our blessed Savior.
Director of Children's Ministries, Michelle Williams
Michelle L. (Alger) Williams was born and raised in Greenwood, Mississippi. She was raised in a Southern Baptist family and accepted salvation at an early age.
She has a Bachelor of Elementary Education from Delta State University and is Day Care Director certified. Michelle married Michael Williams in June 1997 and moved to Colorado, Springs, Colorado. They have one daughter, Diana who was born in Colorado Springs, in 2001. Her husband was transferred to Warner Robins in 2003 and they have been here ever since. Michelle has 10 years of teaching experience with Elementary grades, and 14 years of experience teaching group exercise.
She became the Volunteer Nursery Coordinator at Sandy Valley in 2005 and roughly three years later began overseeing the Children's Ministry as a volunteer. Today we are proud to have her on staff as our Children’s Ministry Director. Michelle has a passion for teaching our children who God is and how much He LOVES them!
Director of Music Ministries, Diana Wilson
Diana has loved music her entire life. She began singing and playing piano at the age of 5 where she then immersed herself in music throughout school and in church. She has played piano in churches since she was 15. At the age of 23 she married her husband Kenneth. Later they became members of Sandy Valley where she was pianist for 16 years before becoming Director of Music Ministries in November of 2009.
Diana's full-time job is as a Legal Assistant for an Administrative Law Judge at the State Board of Workers' Compensation where she has been employed since March of 1996. Her husband, Kenneth, is employed at Robins Air Force Base as a Sheet Metal Mechanic on C-130 airplanes. They were married in March of 1993 and in 2000 had their son Kenny. Diana is also blessed with a step-daughter, Shawna and from her has two beautiful grandchildren, Larissa and Lenny.
Diana is very passionate about her calling as Director of Music Ministries here at Sandy Valley. She believes that God started preparing her for this position at the tender age of 5 when her love for music first began. She is focused on seeking God's will in every aspect of this ministry. She and the pastor work closely together to make sure the music ties into the theme of each sermon, which in turn creates what they both believe to be a very powerful worship experience honoring the Lord.
Diana loves her church and her choir is her family within our church family here at Sandy Valley. She encourages everyone who has a love for music to become a part of this family where their number one goal is to honor the Heavenly Father as they lead the church in praise and worship through song, giving God the glory for everything that is done!
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