Associational Missionary

Rev. Tim VanLandingham

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Rev. Tim VanLandingham and wife, Brenda


Bro. Tim and Mrs. Brenda have been married since 1991. They met while Bro. Tim was serving at his first church, which was in the same association where Mrs. Brenda’s dad served as a pastor. They have three children: David, who lives in Macon, GA and works with Central Georgia Tech as the Director of Research and Compliance; Hannah, who lives in Cairo and works with Southern Regional Technical College in Thomasville as a Full-Time Tutor; and Rebekah, who is a senior at the Baptist College of Florida as an English Major with ESL as her focus.


Through more than thirty years in the pastorate, Bro. Tim has served four churches in South Central and Southwest Georgia. He and Mrs. Brenda enjoy engaging people with the Gospel and serving Christ by serving others. They have also enjoyed ministering alongside other pastors and wives and look forward to Bro. Tim serving the Bowen Association as a pastor to pastors. Bro. Tim and Mrs. Brenda know that Christ has much in store for our churches to accomplish together and look forward to being partners in the Gospel in Bowen and beyond.

Ministry Assistant

Mary Anna Chapman

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Mary Anna Chapman, husband Kevin "Kebo" Chapman and their fur baby, Scout.

Mary Anna and husband Kebo have been married since May of 2016. She has been with the Bowen Association since September 2018. Both are active members of Climax Baptist Church, where Mary Anna is a leader in the music ministry, and Kebo is a leader in the college/careers age ministry. Mary Anna has a heart for missions, our association, and spreading the Gospel. She is excited to see and be a part of new and big things to happen in our association in the years to come.

Hispanic Minister

Rev. Arnaldo Gonzalez

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Rev. Arnaldo González and wife Luz M. González

Bro. González is origanlly from New York City and his wife is from Vieques P.R.  They have 4 children: Leila, Elisabet, Lilianna and Arnaldo, Jr, and one granddaughter, Mariela Grace.

They have been in the Bainbridge area since June of 1995.  The Hispanic work, Christo Te Ama,  first began in the Donalsonville area reaching out to migrant workers and later moved to Bainbridge.

Hispanic Minister

Rev. Jesus Bocanegra

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Rev. Jesus Bocanegra and wife, Yashira

Pastor Jesus Bocanegra and his wife Yashira met at Cristo te Ama in 1999.  They married in May 2005 and have two children, Julie and Jared Seth.  He currently is a bi-vocational pastor, pastoring our second and newest Hispanic Mission, Nueva Vida, as well as working with seasonal and migrant agricultural workers, and has been since June 2008.  Since 2004, he has been secularly employed at the Georgia Farm Worker Health Clinic as Administrative Support III and Certified HealthCare Interpreter-Spanish.

African American Pastor

Rev. Bernard Burke

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Rev. Bernard Burke and wife, Cherise

Pastor Bernard Burke and his wife Cherise were married in 1986 and have three children; Meia, Valarie and Bernard Jr.  Both are natives of Bainbridge and graduates of Bainbridge High School.  Pastor Burke has an Associates of Divinity from Southeastern Bible College in Wake Forest, NC.  He has also received a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Religion and Social Science from Liberty University.  He is the pastor of the Bride of Christ Baptist Church.  He and his wife have a strong desire to see others come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and that is what led them back to Bainbridge.

Director, Bainbridge College BCM

Bradley Crews

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Rev. Bradley Crews and wife, Kelly

Rev. Bradley Crews and his wife Kelly both grew up in the Donalsonville area and both graduated from Seminole County High School.  They both attended college at Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA.  They married in May of 2000 and have lived in Jakin, Ga since then.  In the Fall of 2013, Bradley began serving as the campus minister for Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Bainbridge State College on behalf of the Bowen Baptist Association.  They meet each Monday during the Fall and Spring Semesters and provide a free meal to all students who wish to attend, followed by a time of worship, Bible study and prayer.  Other activities are planned throughout the semester to reach out and minister on the campus. Bradley presently serves as the Youth Director at First Baptist Church in Blakely, Ga.

Director, Alpha Pregnancy Center

Karren Green, RN

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Karren Green, Husband Travis, and two boys Trevor and Cory.

Karren, who is an active member of Climax Baptist Church, has been the director of Alpha Pregnancy Center in Donalsonville since 2015. She also serves at the Alpha Pregnancy Center in Albany, Ga, at Sherwood Baptist Church.

Associational Directors

 2021-2022 Directors

Moderator: Rev. Gwan Garrison

Vice Moderator: Rev. Chad Cooper

Treasurer: Perry Henry

Men's Ministry: Dr. Ernie Jones

Music: Rev. Mark Payne

Senior Adults: Kathy Bell

Sunday School: Hugh Lanier

Youth: Rev. Steve Brooks

VBS: Jennifer Williams

WMU: Leanne Guest

Georgia Baptist Executive Committee: Rev. Brian Hatchett

Disaster Relief: Carl Lunsford

Associational Missions Coordinator: Terry Bell

  November 2021  
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