Ministerial Staff

Nancy Akins

Minister to Preschool & Children

Started at VHBC: 1990

Education: B.A., Newberry College
M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky

"I love children and I love when children are at church. It is an honor and a privilege to walk alongside families in building a strong foundation of faith." 

Nancy has enjoyed over two decades of ministry at VHBC and is thrilled to see children from her first years of ministry actively working in their own churches.


 Gary Furr

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Started at VHBC: 1993

Education: B.A. Carson-Newman College
M.Div. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Baylor University
The Academy for Spiritual Formation, Upper Room Ministries

Family: Spouse – Vickie (married 1973); Daughters – Heather (married to Jon Jassy), Erin (married to Tommy Yeager), and Katie

“As pastor I see myself as shepherd and servant leader. My primary role is leadership, pastoral care, and preaching and teaching. I love listening to people and guiding them on their spiritual journey and into genuine Christian community.”

Gary has served as pastor of VHBC since 1993 and before that was a pastor in churches in Georgia and Texas. He is a popular speaker and conference leader and is a published author. He has served as an adjunct professor at Samford University and Beeson Divinity School and graduated from Baylor University with his Ph.D. in theology.

“I love to travel, reading and music is my great passion, and I love to write songs and play the guitar. Most of all, I love spending time with my wife, Vickie, and our family."  

 Mike McBrayer

Administrative Pastor

Started at VHBC: 2002

Education: B.S. University of Tennessee
M.Div. Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

Family: Spouse - Melissa; Children - Luke and Maggie

"I am ever grateful for the opportunity to serve the body of Christ and to share the life of faith with friends and neighbors. Witnessing God's reconciling work and calling others to join in with God's mission keeps me coming back for more." 

After serving VHBC as Minister to Students and Minister to Missions and Discipleship, Mike brings his passion and dedication to our church's Administrative Pastor position. 

Marty Watts

Minister of Music and Worship

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Started at VHBC: 2018

Education: B.M. Samford University
M.M. Samford University

Family: Spouse - Karyn; Son - Duncan

"Helping engage congregations in warm and vibrant worship in a traditional context and guiding musicians to offer their best in worship are my passions. I am grateful to walk alongside the Vestavia Hills Baptist Church family in ministry through music."

Before coming to VHBC, Marty served the First Baptist Church of Griffin, Georgia, for fourteen years. In addition to his music and worship responsibilities, he sings with The CenturyMen, a male chorus composed of professional Baptist musicians. Marty and his wife Karyn, also a musician, are experiencing the joys (and trials) of parenthood having welcomed a son, Duncan, in May 2015. Marty enjoys cooking and occasionally succumbs to the temptation of a Netflix binge.

Tyler Johnson

Minister to Students


Education: B.M. University of Tennessee. M.Div George W. Truett Theological Seminary

Family: Spouse-Alexis Daughter-Nora 

"I believe there is nothing more powerful as a force for good in the world than the local church. So getting to work with the next generation of leaders as they begin to more fully embody who God calls them to be is exciting and life fulfilling work."

Tyler has served in Student Ministry in 4 different states, most recently in Kentucky. Along with serving in student ministry, Tyler is a published resource writer for Download Youth Ministry. When out of the office, Tyler enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife Alexis, and daughter Nora going to baseball games, and other fun local events. One of Tyler's favorite pastimes is passionately rooting for mediocre sports teams.  


Administrative Staff

Karen Caputo

Administrative Assistant: Administration and Finance

Martha Neill

Administrative Assistant: Pastoral and Music Ministries

Brittni Scott

Administrative Assistant: Discipleship and Communications


Support Staff

Mary Dubose

Facilities Support Staff

Sadra Dudley

Food Service Manager

Dora Samuel

Food Service Assistant

Henry White

Facilities Manager


Child Development Center Staff

Jennifer Cox

CDC Director

LaTiffany Goggans

CDC Assistant Director


Part-Time Staff

Gilda Coker

Child Care Coordinator

Beth McGinnis