Nancy Akins

Minister to Preschool & Children

Started at VHBC: 1990

Education: B.A., Newberry College
M.Div., Southern 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.


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

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."  


 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. 


Marty Watts

Minister of Music and Worship

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Started at VHBC: 2018

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

Originally from: Dunwoody, Georgia
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.


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