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    Marty Jacumin

    Dr. Marty Jacumin

         Senior Pastor

    Marty became Senior Pastor of Bay Leaf Baptist Church on August 1, 2007. Dr. Jacumin was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by Bay Leaf Baptist Church, 1999, and he received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Pastor Marty and his wife, Lori, have three children: Morgan, Jarrett, and Sarah Beth.

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    Meet Marty Jacumin
    Born: September, 18, 1966 in Morganton, NC and raised in Valdese, NC
    Married to Lori Burnett Jacumin, 1991
    Children: Morgan, Jarrett, & Sarah Elizabeth

    Ordained to the Gospel Ministry by Bay Leaf Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC, 1999
    Licensed to the Gospel Ministry by the First Baptist Church, Icard, NC, 1997

    Hobbies: Kids sports, golf, fishing, and reading
    Mission/Teaching Trips: Mexico, Chile, Canada, Brazil, Romania, Kenya, India, Italy, England, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary

    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 2008
    Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
    Master of Divinity (M.Div.) 2000
    Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
    Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (B.A.) 1990
    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
    Athletic Scholarship for Varsity Football

    Ministry Experience
    Pastor, Bay Leaf Baptist Church, 2007-present
    Pastor, First Baptist Church, Cary, NC, 2005-2007
    Associate Pastor / Preaching Pastor, Bay Leaf Baptist Church, 1998-2004
    Financial Development Officer, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, 1997- 1999

    Christian Service
    Southern Baptist Convention:
    Trustee, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2009-present.

    NAMB North Carolina Ambassador, 2015-present.

    North Carolina Baptist State Convention:
    President, Pastors’ Conference of North Carolina Baptist State Convention, 2010.
    North Carolina Baptist State Convention, Board of Directors, 2007-2012.

    Adjunctive Professor, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2009-present.
    National Alumni President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2012-2013
    Board of Visitors, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2001-present.
    State Alumni President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2008-2012.
    Board of Directors, Danny Forshee Evangelistic Association, 2004-present.

         Living In The Light. Harper Collins Christian Publishing. Forthcoming.
         Grace, Hope and Love: Daily Devotional. Thomas Nelson. 2016.
         God Is Faithful: Daily Devotional. Harper Collins Christian Publishing. 2014.
         God's Wisdom For Today: An Old Testament Devotional. Harper Collins Christian Publishing. 2013.
         Walk Through The Word: A New Testament Devotional. Thomas Nelson. 2012
         The Pathway To Discipleship: A Yearly Devotion and Prayer Journal. Thomas Nelson. 2011
         A Theological and Historical Analysis of the Southern Baptist Convention Peace Committee, 1985-1987. Ph.D. Dissertation, 2008.
         Esteemed Reproach: The Lives of Reverend James Ireland and Reverend Joseph Craig. Co-edited with Keith Harper. Mercer Press: 2005.

    Personal Statement I came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord as a nine year old boy. I thank God for good Christian parents and grandparents who taught me about Christ and His love for me. Through the influence of family and the local church, my faith in Christ continued to grow and deepen.

    During my years in college, I drifted out of God’s will and His plan for my life. He used my disobedience to teach me many lessons, one of which is the importance of abiding in Him. Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If anyone abides in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”

    The day I accepted God’s call into the ministry, I stood before my church family and told them that all I wanted to do is to boldly preach the Word of God. That conviction and passion to preach God’s Word continued to increase during my studies at Southeastern. I have a strong desire to see the lost come to a saving knowledge of Christ and to see church members discipled. I consider it a tremendous honor to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and share Him with a lost world.

    I am married to a wonderful Christian lady who completely supports me and the calling that God has given our family. We have been blessed with three wonderful children who are also very supportive. Our family is committed to following God’s will and to serving the One who has blessed us so abundantly.

    Chad Hood

    Rev. Chad Hood

         Associate Pastor

    Chad came to Bay Leaf Baptist in October 2000 as Minister to College and Career Singles while pursuing his Master of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chad graduated in December 2001. Chad received his BA in Management from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

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    Chad is married to Heather Bullard and they have five sons, Will, Samuel, Benjamin, J.D. and Joshua. He was the College and Young Singles Pastor for 11 years at Bay Leaf and now serves as the Associate Pastor. Chad is involved in the community through coaching and he loves spending time with his family.

    Will Gatling

    Dr. Will Gatling

         Associate Pastor / Missions

    Will is originally from Suffolk, Virginia. He and his wife, Cathy, have been married for almost 40 years. They have two sons, Ben and Cameron.

    Ben is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, and the Ohio State University. He is an Assistant Professor of Persian Folklore at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Ben, and his wife, Mandy, have three children – Grayson, Aram, and Evan. They are the joy to their grandfather’s heart.

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    Cameron is a graduate of North Carolina State University, and currently is the IT Director for Counter Culture Coffee in Durham, North Carolina.
    Will graduated from the University of Richmond with a double major BA in Sociology and Religion. He then received his Master of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2009, he completed his Doctor of Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

    Prior to coming to Bay Leaf in 1992, Will served in the following places of ministry.

    • James River Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia
    • Monumental Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia
    • Indian Hills Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas
    • First Baptist Church in Suffolk, Virginia

    The theme verse of Will’ ministry has been Colossians 1:28, “…teaching every man with all wisdom.” The Lord calls and equips, and there is no greater joy than to know that you are serving in the center of His will.

    Andy Madsen

    Rev. Andy Madsen

         Associate Pastor / Music

    Worship is at the heart of our music ministry. Our desire is to provide opportunities for encountering God through personal and community worship.

    Involvement in the music and worship ministry revolves around three things:
            - Attitude - Availability - Ability -

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    If God has gifted and called you in the area of music and worship, we'd love to talk to you about how to become involved in serving the "Audience of One." Our prayer is that you will find a place to serve with your whole heart.

    Lyle LaFountain

    Lyle LaFountain

         Associate Pastor / Students & Families

    Lyle came on staff in March of 2014. A Florida native, he left his previous position in the college ministry at Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, FL and moved to Wake Forest, NC to finish his Masters degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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    He grew up in a great family and lived and breathed sports. His goal was to earn an athletic scholarship and play somewhere in college. But in his senior year of high school he broke his foot and was sidelined for most of the season. It was during that time that God began to do a work in his heart and he began to explore the faith. A friend challenged him about the claims of Christ and he would later trust in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

    Lyle would continue to pursue sports in college after his injury and made the team as a walk on at Florida College- a small private school. His team would go on to win the USCAA National Championship and he eventually earned an Athletic scholarship to the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he received his Bachelors Degree in Organization Sociology and Business Management. At the University of Nebraska at Omaha he would become an All-Conference baseball player, a team captain, be named to the Commissioners All Academic Honor Roll and received All Academic honors.

    After graduation, God led him into Youth Ministry at Kings Avenue Baptist Church where he served bi-vocationally for five years. He would then go on to serve a year as a college ministry assistant at Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, FL.

    Lyle has a heart for missions; he has been to the Dominican Republic, India, Israel, and multiple locations in North America. He also has a passion for life and enjoys baseball, basketball, rock climbing, hiking, camping, snowboarding, and exploring the world.

    Billy Driver

    Rev. Billy Driver

         Minister of College & Singles and Adult Education

    Billy was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL. He grew up attending church and became a follower of Jesus Christ at the age of 17. Billy and Sonia married in 1998, and they have six children: Tyler, Matthew, Alyson, Ryan, Emma, Caroline.

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    Billy received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of West Florida in Criminal Justice. After living in Pensacola for eight years, Billy and Sonia moved to Wake Forest to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, which he graduated from in December 2010 with a Master of Divinity degree. Billy has served in the College and Young Adults ministry at Bay Leaf since 2007 in the following areas: teaching the college Sunday School class, director of small group ministry, as well as several mission trips (Manchester U.K., Poland, Turkey). Billy has a heart for college students and young adults, desiring to see them grow in their relationship with Christ as they love God and love others.

    Don Gilbert

    Rev. Don Gilbert

         Senior Adult Minister

    Don is from Nashville, Tennessee, and is married to Sandra Gilbert, with three children: Seth is an audio engineer in Hollywood. Adam serves on the NC State campus with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and Teesa (and husband Bill) are former IMB missionaries (and Bay Leaf members) who now serve in Boone, NC.

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    Prior to coming to Bay Leaf in 2010, Don & Sandra served as IMB missionaries in Thailand. Before that, Don served as minister of music at churches in New York, Japan, and Raleigh for over 35 years, while working for IBM.

    In addition to serving senior adults at Bay Leaf, Don also leads the Bay Leaf Orchestra, and writes music for the orchestra and choir.

    “Whatsover thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” Ecc. 9:10

    Mark Bainbridge

    Dr. Mark Bainbridge

         Assistant Pastor to Children

    Mark, formerly from Palatka, Florida married his lovely bride, Cisa, on May 4, 1985. God blessed Mark and Cisa with their daughter, Jessica, on March 10, 1987. On October 2, 2009 Mark and Cisa gave their daughter’s hand in marriage to Joshua Woodall. Since then God has blessed Mark and Cisa with two beautiful granddaughters, Lucy on July 26, 2010 and Sadie on May 16, 2013.

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    Mark is a graduate of Southeastern College at Wake Forest where he received an Associates of Divinity and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a Minor in the History of Ideas. Furthermore, he has received a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, he has also received a Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Preaching from Newburgh Theological Seminary.

    Before moving to Wake Forest to attend Southeastern, Mark served in the Awana Clubs as a Leader and Commander at Peniel Baptist Church in Palatka, Florida. Prior to joining the ministry at Bay Leaf he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Awana Commander at Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. Mark’s aspiration is to reach the lost, disciple the believer, and minister to the body of Christ. He strongly believes that the children are not only the future of the church, but they are a vital part of the church today. Therefore, he has a passion to reach the children with the Gospel of Christ and prepare them to serve Him.

    Program Directors

    Keri Miller

    Keri Miller

         Preschool Director

    Keri Miller is originally from Charlotte, NC. She married her husband, Rick on October 19, 2002. They have two children, Carson and Aidan. Keri attended St. Mary’s College and Meredith College and has a background in child development. She was a lead preschool teacher prior to coming on staff.

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    Keri and Rick joined Bay Leaf Baptist Church in April 2010 and have been actively involved serving on the preschool hall, children’s church and in their Sunday School class.

    In 2013 and 2014 she served as a VBS director. At the time she did not know God was preparing her for the ministry field. Keri felt God’s call in 2015 when she can on staff as the Preschool Ministry Director.

    Keri’s desire is to partner with families to plant seeds of faith in little hearts so that one day each child will come to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Nothing makes her happier than watching little children learn and get excited about our awesome God.

    Eva Mathers

    Eva Mathers

         Little Lambs Learning Center Director

    Eva, originally from Sparta, NC, married Scott Mathers on September 27, 1996. They have two children: Luke and Rachel. Eva graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1994 from Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Computer Studies.

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    Eva and Scott joined Bay Leaf in 1996 where Eva served in the following ministries: Mission Friends, adult and preschool Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, Awana, and various other committees. In January 2003, Eva was able to continue her love of working with children by becoming the director of Little Lambs Learning Center. As the director, Eva’s desire is to provide a strong Christian weekday education program for the members of Bay Leaf and the surrounding community. She believes that children are never too young to begin learning the “good news” of Jesus Christ and how much God loves them. Her goals are to fill the preschool hall with children during the week, teach them about Jesus, and minister to the teachers and families involved with the weekday program.

    Jeff Salisbury

    Rev. Jeff Salisbury

         Director of Community Missions

    Jeff, born and raised locally, married his wife, Jennifer, on August 8, 2009. They are proud parents of Johanna Grace and of a child due in January 2014. Jeff graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Geography (2007) and from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with an Master of Divinity with North American Church Planting (2011). Jeff has been a member of Bay Leaf since January 2002 and attributes his maturity in salvation to the gospel centered ministry of Bay Leaf Baptist Church.

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    Through the years, Jeff has served Bay Leaf by volunteering with the youth program and the college and young adult ministry. He has also taught Sunday School and participated on over 10 international mission trips.

    Currently Jeff is serving as Activities Director. Through the Activities Ministry at Bay Leaf, Jeff desires to create an atmosphere where our members are encouraged to reach people with the Gospel that struggle to find their way to Sunday morning worship and Bible study. In the end, basketball, softball, sports camps, golf, aerobics, and Pilates exist that we would honor God with our bodies.

    1 Thessalonians 2:8 - So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

    Darlene Smith

    Darlene Smith

         Director of Women's Ministry

    Darlene Smith, married to John for 29 years, joined Bay Leaf in 1999 and in January of 2016 became the Women’s Ministry Director. Darlene’s desire is to ensure that the women of Bay Leaf feel welcome, loved, valued and cared for, and know they are a vital and important part of our ministry.

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    Darlene studied at Light University and received her Diploma in Biblical Counseling. While studying at Light University she received certifications in Stress Management, Relationships and Marriage Coaching, and is now a Board Certified Advanced Life Coach. Darlene has led several Bible studies at Bay Leaf and is currently co-leading a Marriage class on Sunday evenings with Billy Driver. She also loves leading retreats, shepherding women and helping others reach their full potential in Christ.

    Ephesians 3:14-19 - For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

  • Administrative Staff

    Will Warren, Business Manager
    Don Adams, Facilities Manager
    Kelly Cash, Education Secretary
    Christy Graham, Music Secretary
    Christina Schooley, Missions Secretary
    Joshua Sheffield, IT & Design
    Church Receptionist
    Martha Taylor, Financial Secretary