Rev. Matt Sapp

Matt is a graduate of Mercer University as well as Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology. Matt grew up in both Atlanta and Richmond, Virginia. He is an avid Braves fan, enjoys writing, and has a twin brother who lives in Macon. Matt started his career in the ministry at Wieuca Road Baptist in Atlanta where he served as their Minister to Students and then Minister for Congregational Life. He comes to Central from Heritage Fellowship in Canton, Georgia, where he served as pastor.

Matt is married to Julie Sapp, a native of Waynesboro, GA and also a graduate of Mercer University. Matt and Julie have two sons, Hudson and Joey, and a daughter, Mary Jane.

Rev. Katie Faison
Associate Pastor to Children, Women and Senior Adults

Katie grew up in Newnan, Georgia. She has been a member of Central Baptist all of her life. She holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education from East Carolina University and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University.

Katie is married to John Faison, who is a biology teacher at Woodward Academy in College Park, GA. Together they have two children, Emma Grace and Allie.

Dr. Steve Cothran
Associate Pastor to Youth and Families

A native of Greenville, SC, Steve graduated from Furman University before attending The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. While there, Steve made the best decision of his life when he agreed to go bowling with a fellow student named Nancy. Nancy would graduate a semester earlier with her Master of Divinity in Christian Education, and Steve would follow with his Master of Divinity after their wedding. Their 33 year partnership has led them to churches in Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia, as well as six years in Kentucky where they were on the same church staff together, Nancy serving as Minister of Children and Education and the founding Director of Immanuel Preschool. Steve also received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Campbell Divinity School in 2020, and he and Nancy are passionate about connecting people with God and with each other.

Steve has written curriculum for Smyth & Helwys, CBF, and d365, and also enjoys writing an occasional column in the Newnan Times-Herald.

The Cothrans have three adult children, Marina, Raleigh, and Robyn. Robyn is married to Bo Evans, and they just welcomed their first son, Asa, to the family. Nancy and Steve are also grandparenting six-year-old Andrew who lives with them and loves growing up at Central.

Dr. Ronnie Oliver, Jr.
Associate Pastor of Music and Worship

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Ronnie Oliver, Jr. as our new Associate Pastor of Music and Worship.

Prior to coming to Central, Dr. Oliver served churches in Texas, Kentucky, and New York. Ronnie, and his wife Ann, come to us from New York City where Ronnie served on the Conducting Faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and as the Artistic Director and Conductor of EnsembleNYC.

Dr. Oliver has also served as choral director and teacher of conducting at Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ), Western Michigan University, Western Kentucky University, Greensboro College (NC), and Texas Tech University.


Mrs. Julia Huster

Julia has served Central Baptist Church since 2016. Previously, she served at Peachtree City United Methodist; First Baptist, Newnan; The Hill Baptist, Augusta and First Methodist Church of Thomson, Georgia. In addition to her service in church music, she has taught students in piano and organ since 1983. 

Julia received her Bachelor of Church Music/Organ degree from Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia in 1989. While in Macon, she accompanied numerous voice recitals and interned at First Presbyterian and Mulberry Street United Methodist Churches.

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Julia is married to Steve Huster. They are parents to Laurel and Andy Clark and Rebecca Huster. The Husters enjoy good books, good food, and hiking with their dogs Rudy and Millie.


Mr. Henry Lee

Henry has served as organist at Central since May 2024. He was previously the Director of Music Ministry at West End Collegiate Church in NYC and the music teacher at Astoria Lutheran School in Queens. A creative musician, Henry has performed at various venues, ranging from Rockwood Music Hall (NYC) to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC). Born in Taiwan and raised in southern California, Henry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political economy and music from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Music degree in organ performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Henry is married to Yen Yu Chen, who is a singer, conductor, and teacher of piano and voice. They have one son.

Mrs. Debbie Porrello
Financial Manager


Mrs. Courtney Haynes
Senior Administrative Assistant


Mr. German Lopez-Figueroa


Mr. Randy Boswell
Facilities Supervisor