Meet Our Staff


Pastor Steve and Carol

Pastor Steven Johnson and wife Carol


My wife and I are thankful for the opportunity God has given us to serve Him for these 32 plus years.  That is especially true of these past 27 years at Yates Thagard Baptist Church.  The Lord has given us a very loving and faithful Christian family to work with in the church.  We have seen God work in all our lives and take the ministry of the church forward, for which we are very grateful. 

We look on the horizon of our ministry and we believe God has given our church an open door for His service and a vision of greater things that only He can accomplish in and through us.  Our first mission and desire is to glorify God and to be instrumental in His work of saving and changing lives through Jesus Christ our Lord.   As God allows our ministry to continue to grow and expand, we are committed to helping people know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and to build their lives on the unchanging truth and power of His precious Word.

We would like to invite you to attend our church.  We believe that you will find our people loving, caring, and friendly.  It is our earnest desire and prayer that you will also sense the presence of the Lord when you attend our services. You and your family will be welcomed and we have classes and ministry designed for all ages of children, youth, and adults.  Our visitors are our honored guests, and we are grateful to God for everyone who visits our ministry.  

Associate Pastor Sammy Frye and wife Sandra

Sammy and Sandra Frye

What a joy it has been to pursue the desire of my heart in ministry to young people these past 18 years at Yates Thagard Baptist Church. I am so thankful for the grace of God to my wife and I.  We have seen many young people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, grow in their faith, and go on to serve the Lord, several in full time service. We are thankful for our church family, the support of parents, and a tremendous group of teen leaders. What a privilege to join hands and hearts together as we challenge and equip young people to be youth for truth in the secular culture in which we live.

We have been created by God for His glory (Is. 43:7) and for His pleasure (Rev. 4:11), and it is my desire that in every aspect of the ministry here the Lord Jesus Christ will be honored and glorified. With this truth as a foundational principle, it is my desire to be used of the Lord to evangelize and disciple people, and, in so doing, equip them for the work of the ministry. It is my heart to see people fulfilling the purpose of the Lord for their lives in devoted, diligent, dependent Christ-centered living.

It is a joy and pleasure when our Lord sends visitors our way, and we want to invite you to come and worship with us. We are delighted to make new friends and it is our desire to be used of the Lord in your life to help you take that next step of obedience in seeking to glorify Him and fulfill His purpose for your life. There are many opportunities both for growth and ministry here at Yates Thagard Baptist Church.  We invite you to join hands and hearts with us as we seek to grow together in the grace and knowledge of Christ.


Music MinisterMusic Director Mark Williamson and wife Miriam

Miriam and I praise the Lord for how he has blessed our lives with music.  Music is such a powerful aspect of life and has enormous potential in both drawing us to worship God or to worship others or ourselves.  Hymns of praise & songs of worship, spiritual songs of testimony all grounded in the truth of God's Word enable us to turn our eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face.  As spirit-filled children, we endeavor to let our joy and satisfaction in music be that which is to the praise of His glory.  Come and join us to hear the Word of God and join us in the fellowship and worship of singing.  We look forward to offering you the opportunity to worship with us through our music ministry.

Youth Pastor CW Matthews and wife Ashley CW Matthews and Family

Ashley and I are certainly humbled that the Lord has afforded us an opportunity to serve the young people and their families at Yates Thagard Baptist Church.   It is awesome to see a young person realize his need for a savior and allow Jesus Christ to be Lord of his life.   It’s been a privilege to serve with likeminded youth leaders and parents for the glory of God. Please pray with us as we continue to challenge our young people each week to grow in their own walk with Christ.

 I believe that Jesus Christ can do great and mighty things in the hearts and lives of our young people and church family (Eph 3:20). It’s my desire that our young people would be equipped with the whole Armor of God and lead fruitful and obedient lives that would please the Lord.

 It would be my pleasure to have your entire family join us in collective worship of our King, Christ the Lord.


Church Secretary Terry Doby

SecretaryI truly believe for the past 20 years God has been preparing me for the privilege I have now to serve Him at Yates Thagard Baptist Church as secretary.  Through my years in the field of banking God taught me organizational, computer and people skills.  I praise Him that even when I was not aware, He had a greater plan for me.  Since coming to Yates Thagard, I have been blessed by both the staff and the congregation.  Everyone has made me feel appreciated and loved.  I thank God and Pastor Johnson for entrusting me with this great responsibility, and I look forward to serving.

Colossians 3:23 & 24 has been my goal in life for some time and it certainly applies in my position as secretary.  Paul told the church at Colossi - "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ".   My hope is to assist the pastors as they seek to follow the Lord’s leading.  I desire to be effective and efficient in my duties as well as encouraging to them and the congregation.