Pastors and Leadership of SVBC

Preacher Mitch Phillips

Spouse: Debra Phillips

Favorite Verse: Phil. 1:6    


Mitch was born and raised in Gordon County and has continued to live in the area surrounding Calhoun.  Mitch attended Calhoun City Schools and graduated in 1975.  In1978 Mitch married Debra Lewis.  He is often referred to as "cookie" or "cookie man" because he worked for the Lance Snack Food Co. for over 16 years serving the greater Calhoun area.  While Mitch was working for Lance, he and his wife Debra served as Youth Ministers at Sonoraville Baptist Church from 1985-1990.  In 1991, Mitch left Sonoraville to become pastor for Trinity Baptist.  He served as pastor at Trinity Baptist from 1991-1993.  In 1994, Mitch began to pastor at SVBC on a bi-vocational basis and then in 1997 he was called to be full time pastor at SVBC.

Youth Pastor Casey Baxter

Spouse: Connie Baxter

Children: Caroline, Charlie and Cal

Favorite Verse: Luke 9:23


Casey and Connie Baxter are both lifelong Gordon County residents.  Casey was a graduate of Calhoun High School in 2002 while Connie was a graduate of Christian Heritage School in 2004.  Both Casey and Connie are graduates of Shorter College in Rome, GA.  Casey is currently in his tenth year as a public school educator.  His current position is a Physical Education teacher at Sonoraville Elementary School.    Casey and Connie both have served in various roles in churches from teaching Sunday School to working with children in Children’s Church and the Awana’s program.  Casey and Connie became bi-vocational youth ministers to the SVBC youth in March of 2015.

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