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Pastor & Staff


Our pastor and staff are committed to spreading the Gospel because we believe God’s Word is able to transform and empower all who believe. Get in touch with our church staff and let us know how we can serve you.


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Pastor Bankole Akinbinu

Pastor Akinbinu stands on the promise of Philippians 1:6

“He that hath begun a good work in you is faithful to perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”


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Church Staff

Rev. Reggie Wise

Minister of Discipleship

Rev. Reggie is a native of Florida.  He is a recent graduate of Duke University School of Divinity and was a young adult minister.  Min. Reggie love working out and traveling and his favorite sports teams are the Miami Hurricanes, Dolphins and Heat!

Katrina Tatum

Director of Ministries

Katrina is a proud wife and mother and brings over 20 years of corporate experience in the areas of project/risk/change management both domestically and internationally.  She loves reading/writing and decorating and she used to be a mechanic!

Min. Cynthia Jacko-Wise

Outreach Coordinator

With a Master’s in Divinity and Counseling, Min. Cynthia is passionate about holistic health in the community and making resources equally accessible to all. She’s married to her seminary sweetheart, Rev. Reggie Wise. They have one furry son, Pooh Bear Honeycomb Wise. This Louisiana native enjoys learning and educating others about natural hair care and eating crabs!

Rev. Micah Thomas

Minister of Media

Rev. Micah is a graduate of Duke Divinity and loves spending time with his wife and son.  When he is not at work or spending time with family, you can find him in the gym or growing his creative design agency.

Julius Petway

Minister of Worship

Music ministry is my calling to help advance Kingdom building through an authentic worship experience.  I look forward to serving at BGC because of the Pastor’s vision and genuine spirit.  In my spare time I love family time with my wife and children (Jewel and Zamar).

Lori Aboulmouna

Church Administrator and Communications Specialist

Lori is an Alaska native, but calls the DMV her home.  She is a graduate of Morgan State University with a degree in Psychology.  She loves to serve and encourage others.  She enjoys reading and spending quality time with family. Her favorite team is the SF 49ers!

Abby Rodebaugh

Media Specialist

Abigail (“Abby”) is a graduate of ECU where she studied Digital Film and Video Production.  With experience and a passion for media production, she is excited to spread the Gospel through her employment at BGC.   In Abby’s spare time she loves to snow ski and would love to be on ski patrol!

Deacon Sylvia Jones

Youth Curriculum Specialist

Sylvia is a former high school Physical Education Teacher and Coach, Camp Leader and community mentor.  She loves working with young people.  Her favorite candy is Peanut M&M’s.

Kyndall Wrencher

Youth Ministry Administrator

Kyndall has a heart and passion for serving the youth ministry and witnessing a generation of young believers longing to learn more about Christ. She believes God’s word is the authority and His Spirit is the teacher. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership at Carolina University. Kyndall is married to Conrad Wrencher of 16 years and has one son and two grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, eating great food, spending time with family and friends, reading and watching movies.

Ishmael Strickland

Youth Ministry Creative & Youth Worship Leader

Ishmael (Ish) is a graduate of East Carolina University where he studied Music and Education and is now a proud Camel pursuing an M.A. in Youth Ministry and Worship Ministry! You might find Ish at the local gym, out running with his German/Australian Shepherd, or biking on the nearest trail! Ish has a passion and calling for working with young people, discovering their gifts and talents, and finding creative ways to use their gifts to build God’s kingdom.

Elvira Howell

Children's Ministry Administrator

Elvira enjoys sharing her gift of helping others. She also loves spending quality time with her two grandchildren, Laila and Riyen, and her grand-dog, Cairo.

Tori McCracken

Children Ministry Curriculum & Creative Specialist

Tori McCracken is a mom of two (Pavel and Eli), a teacher of the Word, a performer since childhood, and a lover of Jesus! She has been in children’s/ youth ministry for the past nine years and is so incredibly excited and grateful to be a part of the family at Baptist Grove and to teach and learn with the amazing kids here! Along with her husband Sean, she’s an actress in her spare time. She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy for Musical Theatre and went on to Grand Canyon University for Christian Studies with an emphasis in children/youth ministry. She loves enchiladas, ferrets, and her favorite color is yellow.

Rochelle Woodson

Finance Administrator

Rochelle is the youngest of three siblings and she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Sandy Stuart

Office Assistant

Sandy enjoys the opportunity to meet and serve members of the congregation.  She is originally from New York and loves to spend time with her family at the beach!

Lewis Watson

Facility Manager

Timothy Simmons

Facility Technician

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