Read biographies of our staff.
Dr. Joel Richardson - Pastor
Dr. Joel Richardson is Central Baptist's twelfth pastor, coming to Central on October 1, 1984. Dr. Richardson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1970. He received his Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees in 1973 and 1982 respectively from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. For his third year of seminary,Dr. Richardson was accepted as one of five American students for study at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Ruschlikon, Switzerland.
Dr. Richardson has been active in community affairs during his time in Newnan. He is a member of the Newnan Rotary Club, serving as president in 1990-1991. Dr. Richardson has served on the executive committee of the American Heart Association. He has also served two terms on the executive committee of the local United Way. In 1994 Dr. Richardson was one of four local citizens who helped establish the Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity affiliate. He currently serves on the boards of Good Samaritan House, Welcome House and Angel House.
Dr. Richardson is married to Ingrid, a retired teacher of gifted students in the Coweta County School System. They have two children, two grandsons, and one granddaughter.
Rev. Daniel Nance - Associate Pastor, Youth and Congregational Care
Daniel is a native of North Carolina, and was raised in Tennessee and Alabama. He holds a Bachelor's of Arts & Sciences degree from Samford University in Birmingham, AL, and a Master of Divinity from Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, GA. Daniel was called to serve Central Baptist in the fall of 2005 as the Minister of Youth and Congregational Care. He was Ordained to the ministry at Central in January of 2006.
Daniel is married to Anna Tennyson Nance, who works with the State of Georgia Department of Family and Children Services. They have two daughters, Amelia Grace and Tennyson Paige.
Rev. Anne Cronic - Minister of Music
Anne serves as Minister of Music at Central Baptist. She also helps to coordinate the Women's Ministry. Anne has served full-time since 2001, although she has been a part of the music ministry at Central since 1985, alongside a thirteen-year teaching career. Anne holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Belmont University, a Masters in Musicology from Ohio State University and an Education Specialist degree from Georgia State University. Anne and her husband, Danny, have three children: Drew, Nathan, and Lydia. They have six grandchildren. As a family, they enjoy golf vacations to the mountains in the summer and football in the fall.
Rev. Katie Faison, Minister to Children
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 is enrolled in the McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University. Katie began serving as the Minister to Children in October of 2013.
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.
Ms. Carolyn Sale and Mrs. Julia Huster, Organists
Mrs. Debbie Porrello, Financial Manager
Ms. Debbi (Deb) Wynn, Office Manager
Ms. Mary Smith, Church Secretary
Mr. German Lopez-Figueroa – Custodian