James Taylor

Senior Pastor

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 & 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. They have homeschooled their children since 2014.

James primarily preaches expositorily through books of the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that all Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable to give us everything we need for righteousness and to equip us for good works. Colossians 3:16 is a driving motivation in his preaching, counseling, and ministry, that the word of God would richly dwell in the members of Camellia.


Peyton Kelly

Associate Pastor of Music & Ministries

Peyton began serving as Associate Pastor of Music & Ministries in July of 2021.      He is originally from Ramer, AL and graduated from the University of Mobile with a Bachelor's degree of Music in Church Music in 2011. He has also studied at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

Peyton began his ministry in 2004 & has served in many capacities in the life of the local church, ranging from children to senior adults & domestic and international missions. He comes to us from Pascagoula, MS where he served as Worship Pastor at Arlington Baptist Church from 2014 - 2021.  

He has been married to Kayla (from Vancleave, MS) since 2014. 

They have 3 children: Hannah Faith, Elizabeth, & Jack.


Blake Turner

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

Janet Eikenberry

Janet Eikenberry

Director of Preschool & 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.

Janet Eikenberry

Charlotte McGuire



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).

BJ Lazenby

Financial Secretary


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.