Bishop: Bishop Jerry F. Hutchins
A native of Lithonia, Georgia, Pastor Jerry F. Hutchins devoted his life to the Lord at the age of 13. He was licensed to preach in 1982 at Salem Baptist Church in Lilburn Ga. He began his first Pastorate in 1984 when he was called to the St. Galilee Baptist Church in Sparta, Ga where he led for 3 years. In 1987 he was called to Pastor the Timothy Baptist Church in Athens, Georgia where he presently serves.
In January 2007, Bishop Hutchins started a Bible Institute in Stone Mountain, Georgia to provide mid-week Bible classes for the members of Timothy who lived in the metropolitan Atlanta area. That Bible Institute led to the organization of a second church, Kingdom Now, which Bishop Hutchins launched in November 2008.
Pastor Hutchins is passionate about biblical knowledge and understanding and has earned several degrees which include a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies, a Masters of Art in Ministry, and a Masters of Divinity. He also serves as a Visiting Instructor at Beulah Heights University in Atlanta. He is a prolific writer and has written several essays and articles on subjects ranging from Christian Education to Restoring Fallen Leadership.
Pastor Hutchins is founder and CEO of Jerry F. Hutchins Ministries, Inc., an organization dedicated to teaching and spreading the message of Jesus Christ to everyone throughout the United States and to the Nations.
Pastor Hutchins along with his wife Sheila are also entrepreneurs. Together they created Skanvelope. This innovative company developed technology to scan and process contribution envelopes for churches and various printed material for businesses. This revolutionary technology developed by Skanvelope is designed to save churches and staff hundreds of man hours and is being used by several high-profile churches across the United States.
Pastor Hutchins is a covenant partner with the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, under the leadership of Bishop Paul S. Morton. In November 2004 he was appointed to the office of State Overseer of Georgia. In July 2006 Pastor Hutchins was officially consecrated as a Bishop in the Full Gospel Fellowship. He faithfully served as State Bishop until February 2008, when he was elevated to the international level and appointed by the international Presiding Bishop Paul S. Morton to the Office of Bishop of Policy and Procedure.
In addition to being a devout man of God Bishop Hutchins is a committed and dedicated family man. He and First Lady Sheila Hutchins have been happily married since 1975 and currently reside in Covington, Ga. To this holy union they have one daughter, Kisha (Gresham), a son-in-law Patrick and a granddaughter, Brittany.
Bruce became a part of the full-time music staff at Timothy on January 1, 2000. Currently he serves as the Minister of Music. He is the head of the music department and works closely with the Worship Arts Ministry. He is a musician, composer, director and arranger. With a spirit of humility, Bruce strives for excellence in every area of his life. His purpose is to be a blessing to the Kingdom of God, and to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through music.
Sis. Elishiba Hunter, Executive Assistant
Elishiba Hunter is a native of Minneapolis, MN and currently resides in Winder, GA, with her husband to whom she has been married since 2010. She joined Timothy Baptist Church in 2005 and became an active member of the Campus Ministry under Watch Care. She has served in leadership positions for the Fine Arts Ministry, Debt Free Ministry, and the Total Women Ministry.
Elishiba is a 2007 graduate of the University of North Georgia and she is currently pursuing a MBA at the University of Phoenix. She enjoys working in Administration and Finance. Her purpose is to be a blessing to the Kingdom of God with the spiritual gift of administration as stated in 1 Corinthians 12:28. Her motto for life is "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5.
Tyra Marieza-Smith is a budding writer who began her professional writing career in 2009. Her informative and engaging writing style quickly caught the attention of notable publications. Her work includes articles on health, relationships, Christianity and more.
When Tyra and her family moved to the Athens, Georgia area she found herself drawn to the Timothy Baptist Church ministry. In 2012, she joined the church staff as an Office Assistant. Tyra enjoys her role and loves her church family. She strives to lend her talents and abilities in a way that will reflect her relationship with Christ, and her willingness to serve.
Terris D. Thomas was licensed to preach in June 1995 and ordained as Elder February 1999. She currently serves as Youth Pastor and Director of Christian Education at Timothy Baptist Church in Athens, GA. She is also Director of Neighborhood Engagement for the Whatever It Takes Initiative with Family Connections, Communities In Schools in Athens. In addition, Elder Terris Thomas is chaplain with Marketplace Ministries assigned to both Pilgrim's Pride Poultry and Power Partners.
Terris Thomas who is affectionately called, "Elder T," holds a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Education from Beulah Heights University, graduating Suma Cum Laude as Valedictorian, a Masters of Arts Degree in Christian Education from Luther Rice University and a Masters of Science Degree in Youth Development from Clemson University.
Elder Thomas is very active in the community of Athens, GA. As Director of Neighborhood Engagement she leads the Whatever It Takes Neighborhood Parent Leadership and the Neighborhood Engagement Advisory Board. She currently serves on the board of the Clarke County School District's Office of Early Learning Policy Council. She has been a member of the Safe and Drug Free Schools Advisory Board with the Clarke County School District. She served as lead youth facilitator for the pilot program, Project SAAF "Strengthening African-American Families" with Center for Family Research with the University of Georgia, and as a consultant for ProSAAM, Program Strengthening African American Marriages, with the same Center for Family Research.
Under the leadership of International Presiding Bishop Paul S. Morton and State Bishops Jerry Hutchins and Stephen Hall, Elder Thomas served as the State Director of Christian Education for Georgia Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship from January 2004 until June 2010.
Elder Thomas is married to Darin S. Thomas and they have two children, a 25 year old son, Steffan and a 18 year old daughter, Dreidan.