Ministerial Staff, Elders, and Leadership
Orange Hill Staff
B. Spencer Haygood, Jr.
Senior Pastor / Elder
As the Senior Pastor, Spencer serves as the Lead Pastor/Elder for teaching, preaching, and vision at Orange Hill. This calling includes, among other things, (1) faithful exposition and application of biblical truth in multiple contexts (from small group Bible studies to Sunday morning congregational worship services, from Elders meetings to budget preparations, from the church’s many ministries to personal counseling, from private questions to the public square, from church publications to ministry blogs, and much more), (2) boldness in exposing and refuting error, (3) being an example of godliness to the church, (4) being diligent and working hard in the ministry of the Gospel, and (5) being willing to suffer hardship and persecution in service for the Lord. Additionally, he serves as chair of the Elders and as administrative supervisor for the church staff at Orange Hill.
Spencer came to Orange Hill as Senior Pastor in 2002 from Louisville, KY. He holds a BA degree in Christian Studies from North Greenville University and an Advanced Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Spencer also works as an Adjunct Professor of Religion & Philosophy at Brewton-Parker College (since 2004) and an Adjunct Professor of Christian Studies at Anderson University (since 2013), where he is the Assistant Editor of the Anderson Journal of Christian Studies, as well. Since 2009, Spencer has been a member of the Georgia State Defense Force, a military branch of the Georgia Department of Defense, where he is now a Chaplain. He is also a Senior Chaplain for the Cobb County Police Department (since 2004). His publications include book reviews in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith: Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation and the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, theological articles on “Calvary,” “Kerygma,” “Pascal,” and “Pastor” in the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, and “How Should We Then Engage? Some Crucial Lessons from Paul at Athens” in the Anderson Journal of Christian Studies. Before entering pastoral ministry, Spencer had a career as a law enforcement officer for the City of Greenville, SC Department of Police and the Spartanburg County, SC Sheriff’s Office with stints in Uniform Patrol, Street Operations, Crime Analysis, Narcotics Intelligence, and SWAT, eventually attaining the rank of division commander.
Both Spencer, and his wife Allyson, proudly call Cobb County home and are grateful to be part of what the Lord is doing at Orange Hill. Spencer and Allyson were married in 1974, have four children (one deceased), and two grandchildren (with a third one on the way)!
Associate Pastor of External Childhood/Student Discipleship and Community Engagement
As the Pastor to Children and Youth in our community, Lin creates multiple environments that shepherds children and youth to know, love and serve Christ. In his role as Pastor of Community Engagement he builds relational bridges into the community that help OHBC be a church for the community doing ministry with the community that catalyzes transformation in the community. Lin’s passion is discovering the unique strengths of individuals, groups, and organizations and connecting them for collaborative action to achieve collective goals. Collaborative conversation is music to his ears. His contribution to this “music” is the union of his 32 years of experience as a minister with a deep interest in assisting community leaders to see how their story (or melody) intersects the stories (melodies) of others and connects to a larger narrative (to create harmony).
Lin majored in music in college (vocal performance and music education) and his first job was as choral director at his high school alma mater, South Cobb High School. After several years of rewarding music-making with young people, he followed God’s calling into music ministry, blending voices and talents to bring praise to God. Over the years, music-making has taken on a whole new meaning. Lin now works to blend the multiple “voices” and talents within this numerically larger, geographically wider and ethically more diverse community to bring praise to God and give people a glimpse of what true Biblical community can be.
Lin and his wife Nancy have been making beautiful music together for 31 years. They are the proud parents of 4 children: Austin, Aaron, Zachary and Anna Claire. Nancy is a special education specialist with Cobb County Schools. Lin likes to get away by hiking and backpacking while eating bitter dark chocolate, Fig Newtons, Gouda cheese, muscadines and sunflower seeds.
Serving as an Administrative Assistant to our Pastor, Judy began working at OHBC in 1980, typing on an electric typewriter and running the bulletin on a mimeograph machine. Technology has taken over ... we now have computers and digital color copiers. Over these 35 years, her main role has been to assist our Pastors, keep up with membership, general office work and most importantly, minister to those who enter our doors on a daily basis. To say OHBC has been a huge part of her life is an understatement. She feels so very blessed to have been able to be part of this amazing church for so many years.
Judy has lived in the South Cobb area all of her life. After the death of her first husband, Bruce, Judy was reunited with her eighth grade sweetheart, Phillip. They were married in 1995 and are blessed to have a wonderful daughter, Samantha.
Mary joined Orange Hill Baptist Church in 1992 after moving to Georgia with her family from Ohio. She became actively involved with the women & children’s ministries and then took the job as Financial Secretary in 1998. Her heart however, is devoted to world missions, and she has been serving internationally since 2001 on short-term mission trips.
Aside from Orange Hill, Mary also serves a nonprofit mission organization and other local churches in the area with her financial abilities. She is a firm believer that wisdom & knowledge comes from the Lord and it is given abundantly to those who ask and seek after Him.
Mary loves family, and her granddaughters are top priority! When she isn’t with family or working, she is hanging out with friends. She is thankful for the relationships in her life, and feels they are God’s greatest gift!!
Orange Hill Elders
Jim, his wife, Melody and their daughter Lindsey have been members of Orange Hill Baptist Church for over 17 years. In that time Jim has served in the nursery, been an AWANA leader, helped with the Jr. and Sr. high youth program, and served as a Deacon. He and his wife are currently facilitating one of the adult Sunday morning classes. In addition, Jim has been ministering to boys-at-risk at Paulding RYDC and Marietta RYDC for over 15 years.
Pete was ordained as an elder at Orange Hill in 2004. He teaches one of Orange Hill’s adult equipping classes and occasionally is called on to preach. He also serves as a mentor with the Kid’s Hope mentoring program at Sanders Elementary School and as OHBC’s technology architect and support tech. Pete is retired from the United States Army where he played trumpet with various Army bands. Throughout his 22 year military career, he served the Lord through various teaching and leadership opportunities. Pete currently works in the IT field with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and is the Windows server team technical lead. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from Coker College. Pete also plays cornet with the Georgia Brass Band, currently serving as the band’s president.
Pete and Andrea were married in 1977 and with their two daughters Michelle and Laura have called Orange Hill their church home since moving to the area in 1992. Together Pete and Andrea served the youth of Orange Hill as youth ministers for 3 years. Andrea is currently the Director of the Kid’s Hope Mentoring program at Sanders Elementary. Andrea’s music studio includes private piano students of all ages and she also teaches KiddyKeys classes to preschool children at several locations.
Phil and his wife, Cheryl, have served the Lord side by side at Orange Hill for over 24 years. Before becoming an elder in 2008, he served as a deacon. Over the years, Phil has taught Sunday school, the New Members class, Royal Ambassadors, and has co-directed Vacation Bible School for 15 years.
Phil and Cheryl have been married for over 26 years and raised their children at Orange Hill. Their children Emily, Michael, and Katherine are all attending Georgia colleges.
Phil currently works in industrial sales and his wife works in marketing. They enjoy music, hiking, reading, and good food.
Before joining Orange Hill in 1989, Bill began his teaching ministry by teaching teens in the church he grew up in, West End Baptist Church; and he served as a deacon and an Adult Sunday School teacher in another church in Douglasville. He then joined First Baptist of Atlanta where he met and married his wife, Sandy and taught a youth Sunday School class. At Orange Hill, Bill served as a deacon before being nominated as an Elder in 2005.
Bill attended the University of West Georgia and has been employed in outside sales with Ivan Allen Co and as a loan-servicing consultant at Fulton Federal Savings and Loan. He is currently retired from the U.S. Postal Service and the Air Forces Reserves, and currently works part-time for Drivers Ed.com.
Bill and Sandy have three adult children: Jeff, Melani and Mandy.
Serving as an elder since 2003, Ken teaches one of OHBC’s Sunday morning Equipping Classes and has been a Small Group leader. He frequently serves in a preaching role when Pastor Haygood is away. In addition to his service as an elder, he is a part of the Worship Arts Ministry as a singer and sound tech, and has recently taken on leadership of the Tech Team. He is an architect working as a Project Manager at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. In addition to his Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ken earned a Master of Arts, Theological Studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Covenant Theological Seminary in May 2015.
Ken and his wife, Lisa, have been members of Orange Hill since moving into the area in 2002. Lisa is also a member of the Worship Arts Ministry as a singer. She works at Serta Simmons as a Senior Financial Analyst in their IT department. She is also an accomplished photographer and artist, focusing her work on capturing the beauty of creation in black & white infrared photos and her pastel paintings of the Gypsy Vanner Horse breed. Ken and Lisa have been married since 1997 and live in Smyrna.
Steve is a graduate of Pebblebrook High School and is semi-retired from a career in the vending industry. He and his wife, Elaine have been members of Orange Hill since the year of his salvation, 1985. Before becoming an Elder, Steve served in many area of ministry at the church. He has taught Sunday School for adults and students; and has served as an usher, a deacon, and on various committees.
Steve and Elaine were married in 1972 and have two kids, Emily and Andrew, and two awesome grandkids, Jacob and Sam.