About Us

Tom's Photo-cropped.JPGThomas R. McCann, DMin
Interim Minister

Tom McCann was born in Columbus, Mississippi. The son of a career military officer, he has lived throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.

He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Richmond, and an MA in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. McCann has served as Administrative Assistant to the City Manager of Winston-Salem, NC.; Director of Budget and Management for the City of Alexandria, VA; County Administrator of James City County (Williamsburg), VA; and Vice-President of Municipal Advisors, Inc., of Virginia Beach. He specialized in human resource management, organizational restructuring, and administration.

After a 17-year career in public management, Dr. McCann was called to the pastoral ministry. Returning to school, he earned both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has served as Senior Pastor of churches in North Carolina (Wakefield Central, Zebulon; and First Baptist, Dunn) and Virginia (First Baptist, Martinsville). Combining both managerial and pastoral experiences, Dr. McCann received additional training and is now an Intentional Interim Specialist and has served five churches: Belmont in Charlottesville, VA; Winfree Memorial in Midlothian, VA; Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg, VA; The Memorial in Greenville, NC; and Viewmont in Hickory, NC.

While serving in Virginia, Dr. McCann was President of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), Chairman of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board, Chairman of the Budget Committee, and National Ministry Partners Study Committee, and served on the BGAV Nominating and Strategic Planning Committees. He has been a Trustee of the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and a member of the Board of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Atlanta.

McCann served as chaplain in Goma, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), during the Rwandan genocide, and assisted with construction at the European Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, Czech Republic.

Dr. McCann and his wife, Beverly, who passed away suddenly in 2011, have three children (two residing in North Carolina and one in Florida), and six grandchildren.

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Mr. Kyle J. Ballantine
Organist and Choir Director

Kyle Ballantine began his ministry with First Baptist Church of Savannah as Organist and Choir Director in July of 2013.  Kyle is a native of New Concord, Ohio.  As an undergraduate he attended Muskingum University and majored in music education with an emphasis in organ.  He studied organ with Todd Wilson at the Cleveland Institute of Music, earning a Masters Degree in Organ Performance.

Kyle taught middle school choir and general music in the Zanesville City School District in Zanesville, OH for two years.  There, he directed the 7th and 8th grade choirs and taught 6th grade general music.  During his time in Zanesville, Kyle expanded the choral program and took singers to District Honors Choir and Solo Ensemble Adjudicated Events, established a Veterans' Day assembly and a "Pop's Concert," and also directed and produced the school-wide musicals.

Kyle's experience in church music includes serving as music intern at Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights (UCC), Shaker Heights, OH; associate organist at The Presbyterian Church, Coshocton, OH: interim organist at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Zanesville, OH; and college intern of music ministry at College Drive Presbyterian Church, New Concord, OH.

Kyle lives in Parkside with his partner, John, and their two cats, Ellie and Milo.

IMG_0544 (2).jpgRev. Josh S. Brewer
Assistant Minister for Community Missions

Rev. Joshua S. Brewer joined our staff in September of 2015 as Assistant Minister for Community Missions.  He grew up along the Gulf Coast in Gulfport, Mississippi.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Mississippi College in 2000 and graduated from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a Master of Divinity in Mission and World Christianity.

Currently Rev. Brewer teaches high school religion, journalism, and yearbook.  He is a Certified Journalism Educator and his publications have received multiple state and national honors.

Since college, Rev. Brewer has been involved in some sort of ministry.  He was a four-year summer staffer at Gulfshore Baptist Assembly in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and served on M-Fuge staffs for six years, three of which he served as camp pastor.  He has been on multiple mission trips to places in the U.S. and to Mexico, Bolivia, Kenya, Rwanda, and India.  He has also served as a church worship leader and been the main speaker at state level college gatherings.

Rev. Brewer is married to Nicki Brewer, and they have two small children.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music, playing guitar, watching movies, dabbling in photography, keeping up with the Denver Broncos and Baylor Bear sports, and reading.

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