Pastor Mike Jones began his ministry nineteen years ago as an Assistant Pastor in Youth and Music in Georgia. In 2001 he joined the staff here at Grace Baptist in the same capacity, and was called to fill the Senior Pastor position in early 2009. Pastor Jones desires Grace Baptist to impact Panama City for Christ, while challenging the saints to a vibrant faith and obedience to God. He believes the church must have a unified purpose that balances the church’s responsibilities of evangelism, discipleship, instruction, worship, fellowship, and prayer. This is accomplished through a strong pulpit ministry by a man desperate to know the mind of God and through team leadership which teaches, trains, and utilizes believers and their gifts.
He and his wife, Susie, are graduates of Bob Jones University. Susie completed a degree in Piano Pedagogy and has used her keyboard ministry throughout their years of service. Mike and Susie have been blessed with three sons, Tyler, Trevor, and Troy.
Assistant Pastor of Music & Christian Education
Pastor Darrell Bevis accepted the call to Grace Baptist Church in the Fall of 2009. Prior to that, he served as Minister of Music in both large and small ministries, taught music in two Christian schools, and served as a Christian camp music director. In twenty-seven years teaching music at two Bible colleges he directed choirs, various traveling ensembles, brass choir, handbell choir, and chamber orchestra. He has spoken on “Music and Worship” in several seminaries and churches, and frequently served as an adjudicator for music competitions. He enjoys leading choral workshops and festivals, and was the clinician for the 2007 Keystone Christian Educators Association All-State Choir. He has ministered as bass-baritone soloist in several performances of Handel’s Messiah.
He has a passionate desire to see the church worship biblically, using conservative yet fresh and vibrant music. His theology of music and ministry grows out of his hunger to know God, and to both rightly understand and effectively communicate the truths of God’s Word.
Pastor Bevis holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sacred Music from Bob Jones University, and has done further ministry preparation at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and Faith Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association. He and his wife, Deb, have a married daughter, Gwen, and a son, Matt.