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.
Mr. German Lopez-Figueroa
Mr. Randy Boswell