Rob Dowdle - Pastor
Rob Dowdle came to Ocilla Baptist Church from Princeton Theological Seminary and Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology. He served Black Jack Baptist Church in Yazoo County, MS as their youth minister while a student at Mississippi College. He enjoys reading fiction and classical Greek literature. His hobbies include woodworking, working in the yard, and enjoying the great outdoors. Rob is married to Megan Brown Dowdle from Yazoo County, MS. Megan is a physical therapist for Dorminy Medical Center and has worked for the Shepherd Center of Atlanta, GA. They have a daughter, Chloe, who was born in December of 2010 and are expecting the second addition to their family in January 2013. They have a dog they adopted in New York City named Louie and a rhinoceros iguana named Aphrodite.
Rob would love to get to know you better. Please call Rob at the church office (229.468.5307) to plan a time to get together or just drop in.
You can read his blog at http://robdowdle.com/A_Baptist_Pastors_World/Welcome.html
Mike Glover - Youth Pastor
Mike Glover joined the staff of Ocilla Baptist in October of 2012 after receiving an M.Div. from McAfee School of Theology in May 2012. While in seminary, Mike served as the youth ministry intern at Clairmont Hills Baptist Church in Decatur, GA for 2 years. Mike is a Florida native and proudly hails from Palm Beach Atlantic University, home of the Fighting Sailfish (ask him to do the cheer!). In his free time, Mike enjoys reading novels, watching a lot of movies, and generally being a pop culture nerd. He also enjoys activities such as flag football, ping pong, and disc golf.
Mike believes that a youth ministry should not only provide a place where everyone can come and be welcomed into the fellowhsip of believers, but also should be a place that strives to call students to more closely follow the path of God in their own lives. As Paul commended the Colossian church, believers today should "let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom" (Col 3:16).
Mike is a super extrovert and would love to talk with you. His number is 229-425-7058. Give him a call or stop by his office and hang out!
Bailey Miller - Minister to Children
Bailey Miller is the Minister to Children at Ocilla Baptist Church. Bailey joined the staff of Ocilla Baptist in January 2010. She was not new to the OBC congregation as she was a part of the church as a child when her dad served as Minister of Music and Youth. Returning to Ocilla was like coming home in so many ways. When not serving the church, Bailey is a full time student at Abraham Baldwin College, where she will graduate in December with a degree in Rural Studies. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, and reading.
Randy Reeves - Minister of Music
Randy Reeves has served as Minister of Music of Ocilla Baptist from 1999 to 2004 & 2009 to the present. He began leading music while in the youth program at Irwinville Baptist Church. His choir director started putting him in leadership roles as an early teen. Leading congregational music and directing the youth choir on Sunday nights were just some of the responsibilities given to develop his love of music and service to his church.
Randy is a second grade teacher at Irwin County Elementary school and married to the former Lori Smith of Homerville, Ga.
Hobbies include music, gardening, traveling, and antiquing.