New Holland Baptist Church Leadership
New Holland Baptist Church is blessed to have a leadership team dedicated to Christ and to accomplishing His will. Following are brief bios of our leadership team.
Brian Stephens began serving as New Holland Baptist Church's Lead Pastor in March 2019. Prior to that, he served as Senior Pastor for four separate churches in Georgia starting in 1989.
Brian grew up in Dalton, Georgia, and after high school attended Dalton Junior College and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he majored in Business Management and Finance. After accepting the call to ministry in November of 1986, Brian attended the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
The attributes that best describe Brian as a pastor are strong preaching, leadership development, and helping others grow in their personal walk with Christ. Brian devotes time each day to Bible study, prayer and encouraging people. His ministry has also been highlighted by counseling, as he has taken a special interest in helping those in addiction since 1994. Brian loves all outdoor activities, sports, the Georgia Bulldogs and anything with Lynne beside him.
Pastor Brian has been happily married since 1988 to his wife, Lynne. They have three adult children: Jay, Jared, and Jodi. He also has a beautiful granddaughter named Evangeline who calls him Pops.
R. Mark Russell
Mark has been on staff at New Holland since November 2001 when he came as Minister of Music. Months later responsibilities were added for Student Ministry. Finally, in May of 2004, New Holland brought Mark on staff full time as Associate Pastor. Prior to coming to New Holland, he was Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Flowery Branch. Mark held a public job at Cantrell Machine Company where he was Production Control Manager and Job Costing for over 19 years.
Mark has been in vocational ministry since 1984 and has always been involved with Music/Worship and Student ministries. Mark also teaches an adult Sunday School class, preaches often, and helps with church administration.
Musically inclined, Mark is a product of North Hall High School Band and Truett McConnell College. Mark sings, plays piano, organ, keyboard, bass, and specializes in low brass instruments. He made Georgia All-State Band in 1982 as a tuba player and is a John Philip Sousa award winner. Mark was also baritone soloist with the TMC Singers vocal group while at Truett McConnell. While he enjoys most styles of music, including much of today's modern worship music, Mark still enjoys the classic gospel music and is a fan of Hovie Lister and the Statesmen Quartet. Mark has also played for and sung in several gospel groups over the years, including his own Blossom Creek Quartet. On occasion, he plays for The Believer's Band in Gainesville, GA.
Mark Russell has been happily married to Beth Morrow Russell from Flowery Branch for over 33 years. Mark and Beth met while he was at FBC of Flowery Branch where she was in the choir. They have three adult daughters: April, Chelsea, and Brooke. The Russell family lives in Northern Hall county where they reside in Mark's childhood home.
Mark enjoys the outdoors, gardening and yard work, the Braves, colored pencil art, woodworking, working (piddling) on older cars, traveling, and time with Beth and the girls.
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Rick is originally from St. Louis, MO, where he received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior on August 26,1977. After moving to Georgia, he met his wife Rinda, and they were married in May 1979. They have 2 children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Rick was ordained as a Deacon at NHBC in September of 1988. In 2003, he assumed the responsibility of leading Sunday Worship Services at Autumn Breeze assisted living home. A second assisted living home, Ashton Senior Living, was added to the ministry in February of 2012.
In addition to the assisted living ministry, Rick was called to International Commission to serve as an Enlistment Coordinator in August of 2004. International Commission is an Evangelistic Association based in Dallas, TX. As an Enlistment Coordinator he worked to partner churches in the United States with churches overseas and conduct evangelistic services and visitation. He had the privilege to lead projects in 14 countries.
Rick was licensed to preach in November of 2007 and was ordained into the Gospel Ministry in October of 2015. In February 2021 he accepted the call to serve as Ministry Pastor at NHBC working primarily with Senior Adults.
Laura White has been New Holland's secretary since March of 2016. She has an Associate's in Executive Secretarial from Haywood Technical Institute in North Carolina. She doesn't see her work at New Holland as a job, but as a ministry that she thoroughly enjoys. Her favorite things to do are watch her son play basketball or run track, take photographs, to go hiking, and reading.
Laura has been married to Bill White for almost 34 years, and they have a son in college.