Pastor Richard Jelley – Lead Pastor

Pastor Richard began serving at BWC in July, 2013. He and his wife, Tara, have five daughters: Caroline, Susannah, Katie, LindyAnn, and Autumn. Richard is a University of Georgia graduate, and has a Master of Divinity Degree from Wesley Biblical Seminary (2004). While at seminary, Richard was an Associate/Youth Pastor at Alta Woods UMC in Jackson, Mississippi for four years. He served nine years as the Associate/Senior Adult Pastor at First Evangelical Church in Macon, Georgia. Tara is a registered nurse with many years of experience working in pediatrics. Both Tara and Richard love the outdoors, people, and serving the Lord with a passion for family, missions, and sharing faith.

Jon Merrill – Worship Leader

Jon is a native of Brevard. He and his wife Laura have a daughter Ryan, and a son Riley. Jon has been serving as a worship leader in varying roles for more than 10 years, and enjoys both traditional hymns as well as new contemporary worship songs. Jon has his Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University. He also has an Associate’s Degree in Landscape Gardening from Sandhills Community College, which he uses daily as the General Manager of B. B. Barns Garden Center in South Asheville. One of Jon’s favorite Psalms and a guide to worship is Psalms 100: “Shout with joy to the Lord . . .worship the Lord with gladness . . . enter his gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise . . . For the Lord is good and his love endures forever.”

Kayla Gaddy – Director of Student Ministries

Kayla is a native of Brevard and began attending BWC when she was ten years old. She previously served as BWC’s Children’s Ministry Director. Kayla likes to do crafts, and she and her husband, Corey, enjoy spending time with family and friends and being outdoors with their two dogs, Jazz and Nala. Her favorite Bible verse is “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)


Kathie McCauley – Office Administrator

Kathie has worked at BWC for thirty-five years, beginning in 1982 as a part-time office assistant, and later becoming full-time. She lives with her husband, Ron, in the Etowah area. They have two adult children, Matthew and Kristen. In 2015, Kathie and Ron became grandparents when Ava was born to their son and his wife, Brittany. In her spare time Kathie enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, walking, and doing family activities.


Bob and Gerry Cheesman – Facilities Care
Since 2003, Bob and Gerry have been making windows sparkle, bathrooms fresh and clean, and worship/gathering areas look and feel so inviting at BWC. They are also very involved in other things around the church such as choir, and helping with special celebrations and activities. In her free time Gerry enjoys creating greeting cards, reading, and loves feeding all the critters that come daily to their wooded lot at home. Bob enjoys working outdoors and traveling.




Local Board of Administration
Treasurer: Calvin Frady
Board Secretary: Myra Cooper
At Large Members of LBA:
Janene Bryson
Randall Franks
Tracy Galloway
Sandra Morgan
Dwayne Powell
John Tinsley
Mike Whitney
Board of Trustees
Tom Morgan (2018)
John Tinsley (2018)
Dick Kantner (2019)
Mike Whitney (2019)
Charles Merrill (2020)
Art Rowe (2020)