Sonny Gallman

Senior Pastor
E-mail Sonny Gallman

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
E-mail Linda Pigott
Central is a great place to serve!  My husband and I 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.

Laurie Moran

Music Leader
E-mail Laurie Moran

As a lifelong singer songwriter and musician, my journey led me from folk singing in Vermont ski lodges to traveling the US in a rock and roll band called Ladyfire.  In my mid-30’s my Godfather, Father Richard Coveny, invited me to share my gifts and talents at his church in Colden, NY, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, where my love for spiritual music and contemplative spirit was nurtured.  After leaving Ladyfire I earned my degree in music from Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY.

Many wonderful opportunities have allowed me the privilege of sharing music with many talented musicians, producing and directing Power of Love, a joyful Christmas album by the contemporary music group, Simon’s Angels, who ministered to the retired religious, elderly and children.

Moving to Florida in 1992 I began teaching music, writing and producing Heal the Child, a series of CD’s raising awareness for child abuse prevention and parenting education, and continuing my music ministry with Simon’s Angels South.

Thank you for inviting me into your community to share in the music ministry.  I’d like to encourage you to join us.  All that is needed is a desire in your heart to sing or share your gifts and talents.  One of my gifts is to nurture those who have always wanted to sing but feel shy or were once told they couldn’t sing.  My vision is to create an intergenerational music ministry where all will thrive from being together.  I look forward to getting to know you.

 

Matthew Layton

Youth Leader
E-mail Matthew Layton

I came to Central Baptist from First United Methodist of Port Orange where I’ve sent the past 8 years as a member and the past 2 years as a volunteer in the student ministry as a leader. I bring with me the experiences and lessons I’ve learned to help our students to become disciples of Christ, and to provide a youth group our students will love and yearn to be a part of.

As a  High School Youth Group Leader,  I invested in their hobbies and interest through encouragement, correction and support while helping them to formulate their spiritual gifts and abilities.

As a GenNext leader, I was part of the lay leadership team called the Servant Leaders and oversaw the “Generation Next” committee as its chairperson.  My role was to support all children’s, Youth and College Ministries from Nursery to Young adults as an encourager, planner, facilitator, and spokesperson.

In the Breaking Ground Young Adult Ministry, I formed and facilitated a small group designed specifically for young adults.  This ministry catered directly to the students who have graduated high school, up to and though their college careers to help provide support from fellow students while maintaining the forward momentum a high school youth group provides.

Matthew’s experience also includes technical expertise as project manager for a student ministry center renovation project which involved working with walls, flooring, lighting and sound.

Secular experience includes work in retail loss prevention, automotive electronics and automotive service.

Matthew is a 2010 graduate of Atlantic High School and Daytona State College’s Florida Basic Law Enforcement Academy in 2016. He has received additional training through Youth Ministry Seminars in 2017 and 2018.

 

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
E-mail Gwen Bills

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.

Steve Lauxman

Building Manager
E-mail Steve Lauxman

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.