Sonny Gallman

Senior Pastor
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I was raised on the north side of Chicago where I lived until I was 18 years old. It was there that I played sports, but also became a great sports fan. I then moved to Atlanta and lived there for about 20 years, where I met my wife and we had 3 of our children. It was there that I pastored my first church. Melissa and I now have 5 children: Isabel, Cade, Isaac, Carson and Austin. 

In June 2008 we were called to the pastorate here at Central Baptist Church where we have served happily. We love the city, love the people of the church, and love being a part of its history and its future.  My job here is to equip the people of this church to do what God has called them to do and help us to live well together into the future that God has called us to.

Linda Pigott

Associate Pastor of Discipleship & Outreach
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Central is a great place to serve!  My husband and I have raised our two (now young adult) children here. Currently, as associate pastor for discipleship and outreach, I get to continue my faith journey alongside folks of all ages who are open to questioning and thinking in creative ways that please God.  Before serving at Central Baptist, I was a public school teacher. Deacons and pastors, as well as other spiritual friends here have encouraged me and nurtured me as I discovered my calling to vocational ministry.  I was ordained to the gospel ministry in 2001.
Our church leaders are passionate about welcoming families from every generation and about providing wholesome, safe surroundings for children through senior adults.  My passions are spiritual formation, children’s ministry and inter-generational relationship development.  My ministry assignment includes Christian education for all ages, with a special emphasis on children, as well as helping folks find a place of service and spiritual growth.  I also get to help with worship planning and pastoral care.

Matt Nelson

Associate Pastor of Worship, Youth, and Families
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Hi! I just joined the team at Central Baptist and am excited to be here! I hail from Atlanta, GA where I’ve lived for most of my life. My friends and family are mostly there, but I am so grateful at the warm welcome I have received in Daytona Beach. I am excited to serve with you as we learn and grow together, worshiping our God who is worthy to be praised.

I graduated from Emory University in 2010 with a BA in Religion and from the McAfee School of Theology in 2015 with my M.Div. I enjoy anything to do with games, technology, and music. I am blessed to be able to use these passions at Central in the instruction of our youth and the leadership of worship.

Joan Rademacher

Counselor

I was born and raised in Illinois, in a small town south of Chicago. After high school graduation I attended Southern Illinois University, where I earned both my BS and MS Degrees. Following my college graduation, I moved to Daytona Beach. I taught English and was a Counselor at Mainland High School for four years before I joined Daytona State as a College Counselor. My husband Jim and I have two grown daughters and two grandsons, all who live in the Daytona area.

After I retired from Daytona State, I began a new chapter of my life. In 2011, I joined the Counseling Ministry Team and began my volunteer counseling at Central. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who provides therapy for individuals and couples. My specialty areas are: Anxiety and Depression, Relationship Issues, and Life Adjustment Concerns. I offer my services on a sliding-fee pay scale, which is donated entirely to Central Baptist Church. I am so blessed by the warmth and respect that the Central Family has shown me since my first day here, and I am very thankful to be a part of the Counseling Ministry Team.

Gwen Bills

Church Secretary
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I’m the church secretary and the first voice you’ll hear when you call our office. Answering questions is my most important job. However, I also prepare the church prayer list, the church bulletin, and I generally manage the office. So feel welcome to call me at 255-2588 or you can email me, gwen@centralbc.org. I’m married to Bob and we have four children.

Steve Lauxman

Building Manager
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I take care of the church, keeping it safe and clean.  I’ve been here more than 30  years.

I was lost when I came here to Central.  I had strayed away.  When Hal, the pastor, helped me out, he got me involved in the church.  I enjoyed working with the people and being around the people here.  They were very encouraging and supportive to me and they helped me change my life.  I have a wife and two children and I like to fish.