Nancy Akins

Minister to Preschool & Children

Started at VHBC: 1990

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

Originally from: Atlanta, Georgia

"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.



 Dennis Anderson

Administrative Pastor

Started at VHBC: 1985
Education: B.A. Georgia State University
M.Div. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
D. Ed. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Originally from: Roswell, GA
Family: Spouse – Karen

Dennis is a licensed professional counselor, Christian educator, and community volunteer. He served as the founding coordinator of Leadership Vestavia Hills from 1996-2001 and served on the Board of Directors from 1997-2002. He was recognized as the 1997 Citizen of the Year in Vestavia Hills.

Dennis has served as a trustee of the Vestavia Hills Public Library and is active in the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as the President of the Central Alabama chapter of the National Association of Church Business Administration.

He also has involvement with Manos Amigas, a Mexican-American non-profit organization, responsible for building the Centro de Esperanza (“Center of Hope”) in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, which provides a church, a community facility, a playground, and a basketball court in Siglo XXI, one of the poorest areas of western Mexico.


 Andy Farmer

Minister to Students

Started at VHBC: 2013

Education: B.A., Samford University
M.Div., Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

Certificate, Youth & Theology, Institute for Youth Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary

Originally from: Fort Payne, AL
Family: Spouse – Emily; Son – Jonah

“I am privileged to walk alongside teenagers, their loved ones, and college students. Together, we practice playfulness, participate in a ministry of presence, and learn to think theologically."

Andy was an intern at VHBC during college and at Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond, VA, during seminary. He’s also worked as a Camp Pastor for children’s camps and served for a year with Impact Alabama.


Gary Furr

Please email

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

Originally from: North Carolina
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."  


Terre Johnson

Minister of Music

Started at VHBC: 2005
Education: BME, Troy University ME, Auburn University
Ph.D., Florida State University

Originally from: Americus, GA
Family: Daughters – Kelly and Cameron; Son – Christopher

Prior to coming to Vestavia Hills, Terre was Conductor-in-Residence for Midamerica Productions in New York, and Music Director of the New Jersey Choral Society. Dr. Johnson’s ten concerts in Carnegie Hall have met with critical success. In 2004 the New York Times lauded the “robust choral sound” his chorus produced in a concert which featured soprano Angela Brown, and was narrated by Olympia Dukakis. In 2006 he served as Guest Conductor and Assistant Artistic Director for the Voices in the House Festival in the Sydney Opera House, and held a similar position in the International Haydn Festival 2009 in Vienna, and in the International Festival of the Aegean in Greece in 2010.
Terre served as Minister of Music of the First Baptist Church of Dothan, Alabama from 1990-1999, and as Director of Choral Activities at Troy University from 1999-2001. He is founder and Music Director of the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra. In recent years he has conducted three opera productions for Samford University, conducted and co-written two music theatre productions at Troy University, and conducted two concerts with the Huxford Symphony Orchestra of the University of Alabama. Terre has also served as National Chair for Music in Worship for the 20,000 members of the American Choral Directors Association.


 Mike McBrayer

Minister of Discipleship and Missions

Started at VHBC: 2002

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

Originally from: Maryville, Tennessee
Family: Spouse - Melissa; Son - Luke; Daughter - 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 more than two decades of student ministry, Mike brings his passion, dedication and quirks to our church's discipleship and missions ministry. 


Office Administrative Staff

Karen Caputo

Ministry Assistant for Administration and Finance

Betsy Lowery

Ministry Assistant for Communications,
Discipleship & Missions

Martha Neill

Ministry Assistant for the Pastor and Minister of Music


Support Staff

Mary Dubose

Facilities Support Staff

Sadra Dudley

Food Service Manager

David Philpot

Facilities Support Staff

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

Organist & Children's Choir Coordinator