Church Staff

Church Staff

Dr. David E. Gonnella, Th.D

Pastor

pastor@magnoliaspringsbaptistchurch.com

phone: 251-653-7204

PASTOR: David E. Gonnella, Th.D. Pastor Gonnella trusted Christ as his Saviour at the age of 10 during Vacation Bible School at the First Baptist Church of Riverdale, Maryland. After his call to the ministry he trained at the Temple Baptist College in Orlando, Florida, and the Fundamental Baptist Theological Seminary in Whiteville, North Carolina. Prior to coming to MSBC he held pastorates in Georgia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Early in his ministry he also served churches as music director and youth director. He has also served as the principal of two Christian schools. In addition to his pastorate among us he serves the West Florida Baptist Institute and Seminary as Professor of Systematic Theology and Chairman of the Department of Doctrine and History. He is the author of a six-volume work on Systematic Theology, commentaries on Romans, Galations, I & II Thessalonians, and three books on other Biblical subjects. He was married to Elaine for 44 years until she passed into Heaven to be with the Lord she loved and served so well. Their marriage produced two daughters: Elizabeth Anne Gonnella, a godly young woman who went to be with the Lord at the age of 25; and Rachel Lynne Seelke, who serves the Lord with her husband at the Landmark Baptist Church in Rockdale, Texas. Pastor Gonnella believes in a ministry of fervent evangelism wedded with solid Bible teaching. He also believes in being an example to the church members by working diligently in the pastoral ministry and surrendering what talents God had given him to help in the various ministries of the church. He sees at MSBC the potential of working with the people as a team to build the great church that God wants us to be for His glory.

William Atkinson

MUSIC MINISTER

music@magnoliaspringsbaptistchurch.com

phone: 251-653-7204

Bill was led to Christ at the age of 18 and has served the Lord with singleness of heart and mind ever since. A graduate of Hyles-Anderson College, he has served the Lord as music director of a number of churches in various parts of the United States. With the help of his wife Cindy, he directs and coordinates the exciting, vibrant and worshipful music ministry of our church. Four of his grown children live in our area and all participate in in the ministry of our church as singers, musicians and sound technicians. Bill also does a masterful job of teaching our Adult Sunday School class in both an informative and inspirational manner. He and his family are a valuable asset to our church.

YOUTH DIRECTORS

Youth Directors

youthdirectors@magnoliaspringsbaptistchurch

phone: 251-653-7204

Kevin and Donna serve our church as the adult leaders of our Teen Department, teaching Teen Sunday School and Teen Discovery, and organizing and implementing both fun and service activities. Their love for the young people is shown in their dedication to helping each one fulfill their role in the plan of God.

Donna Thompson

Secretary

dthompson@magnoliaspringsbaptistchurch.com

phone: 251-653-7204

Donna brings to the church office a sweet spirit, diligence in work, and computer skills. Donna now serves as the church secretary and works alongside Mrs. Charlotte to make sure the church runs as smoothly as possible. She and her husband Kevin have been serving members of the church for many years.

Charlotte Davis

Secretary

cdavis@magnoliaspringsbaptistchurch

phone: 251-653-7204

Charlotte is a long-time member and has served as Church Secretary and Clerk with three pastors. Affectionately called “the General” because she gets things done, She now serves as the secretary for our Missions. Charlotte is a shining example of a Christian woman with a servant’s heart.

ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR

Senior Saints and Activities Director

activitiesdirector@magnoliaspringsbaptistchurch

phone: 251-653-7204

If Kay lived in Chad, Africa, they would say of her, "Kay does the work of ten men." Kay plans and organizes most of the social activities of the church, oversees decorations, and superintends the Senior Saints group. There is not much happening at MSBC in which Kay is not substantially involved.