James became Senior Pastor at Camellia in September of 2020. He is originally from Opelika, AL, and graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor's Degree in History in 2006. In 2012 he graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, with a Master's of Divinity degree in Biblical Counseling.
He began his ministry in 2007 as a NAMB missionary, serving at the Edgewood Baptist Center in Dayton, OH. He then served from 2009-2013 as Associate Pastor of Counseling and Outreach at Beallwood Baptist Church in Columbus, GA. For seven years, from 2013-2020, he was Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Clay, KY.
He has been married to Hilary (from Enterprise, AL) since 2007. They have 4 children: Elijah, Adin, Anna, and Samuel.
Interim Worship Leader
Student Ministries Director
College & Career Ministries Director
Blake became the Student Ministries Director in March 2017. He is also our College and Career Ministries Director, which is available for all individuals 18-25 years old. Blake is married to Kortney Perry Turner of Prattville, AL. He enjoys sports, the great outdoors, and spending quality time with his family. Prior to his current position, Blake was a Warhawk Recruiter for Auburn University at Montgomery for three years from 2014-2017. Blake enjoys spending time both at the lake and at the beach. Blake likes to meet new people, so come out and meet our awesome Student Ministries Director/College and Career Ministries Director
Director of Preschool and Children's Ministry,
WEM Financial Administrator &
Director of Christian Life Center
Janet became Camellia’s Children’s Ministry Director and the Finance Administrator for our Weekday Education Ministry in 2008. She also has served as the Christian Life Center Director since 2013. Janet is from California, and has been married to her loving husband Paul for over 39 years. Janet persued an Accounting/Business degree at Troy University Montgomery. She has been serving in children’s ministry, church layman teaching, and leadership positions for 34 years as well as working in the business and corporate world. Janet enjoys actively serving in our Women’s Ministry, camping, softball, cooking, sewing, crafting, and reading (when she has time). Serving and ministering to children as they come to know Jesus, and watching them build a relationship with Him is what inspires her.
Charlotte was employed by Camellia in 2002 as Church Secretary. She enjoys visiting with those who call or come by, taking care of the daily duties of the Church Office, and teaching Sunday School. She loves spending time with her family, music, sunshine, and animals (especially dogs).
Financial secretary, Billie Joyce, known as "B. J." by most folks, is a charter member of Camellia and has enjoyed serving on staff for 39 years. She loves the interaction she is able to have on a daily basis with her church family and visitors. B. J. and her husband, Lamar, have enjoyed lake life for the past 18 years and enjoy sharing their little piece of "heaven on earth" with their family and friends.