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Joel Strahan

Senior Pastor

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Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Pastor Joel Strahan has been serving at Slayden Baptist Church since October 2017. The Strahans served in Moscow, Russia, with the IMB for three years before returning home to Slayden.  Joel serves on the board of Chronological Bible Teaching Ministries and serves as a training specialist for this ministry, training believers how to start new discipleship groups and pursue Bible literacy personally and communally.  

Joel has a Cross-Cultural Communications masters degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.  Joel's undergraduate work was in the field of Organizational Leadership at Union University.

Joel and his wife, Heather, have been married for 16 years and have 3 daughters, Ryan, Elianna, and Josie.

Joel's favorite Bible verse is 2 Chronicles 16:9.

Jake Kimmett

Associate Pastor to Students

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Jake, a native of Pontotoc, MS, has lived in Slayden and has served on staff since May, 2017. He and his wife, Lindsey, have been happily married since July 12, 2014. Both Jake and Lindsey have served on multiple mission fields, including Peru, Haiti, San Francisco, Southern Sudan, and Mexico.

Jake graduated from Blue Mountain College in May 2014 with a B.S. in Christian Ministry and has recently completed his M. Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May, 2017.

Jake's ministry passage is Deuteronomy 6:4-9.

Becky Cunningham

Financial Adviser & Keyboardist

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Becky is a lifelong resident of the Slayden community.  She joined the Slayden staff as the church secretary in October, 2006, and in September, 2012 she assumed the role of financial adviser.

Becky enjoys cooking and baking for friends and family, gardening and canning, walking, and most of all, spending time with her family. Becky and her husband Mike have been married for 40+ years and they have two children, Phillip and Holli, and also have three grandchildren, Lizzie Kate, Madison, and Reese.

Onita Jamieson

Church Secretary

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Dick Sanders


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Mark Loftin

Deacon Chairman

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Joe Hurdle

Sound Technician

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Angie Dixon

Sunday School Director

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