New Holland Baptist Church Leadership
New Holland Baptist Church is blessed to have a leadership team that is truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will.
The following are brief bios of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Brian Stephens was appointed to serve as New Holland Baptist Church's Senior Pastor in March 2019. Prior to that, he served as interim pastor at several churches across Northeast Georgia.
The attributes that best describe Brian as a pastor are strong preaching, leadership development, and counseling. He has expressed a burning desire to lead a church like New Holland Baptist Church, where biblical views are embraced and encouraged, with members who care about the needs of those around them, and who want to connect others to the body of Christ. Pastor Brian takes worship and preaching very seriously, spending hours each day focused on Bible study. As a former director of Victory Home, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation enter in Tallulah Falls, he has a heart for, and experience with, helping those plagued with addiction.
Pastor Brian has been happily married for more than three decades to his wife, Lynne. They have three adult children: Jay, Jared, and Jodi.
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 handles much of the 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 - an honor he holds in common with Janice Smallwood (pianist) and Michael Dunagan (organist.) 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 grown 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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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 is married to Bill White, who is the Music Minister at Talmo Baptist Church where they are members. They have been married for almost 32 years and have a son in high school.
Janice Poole Smallwood has been playing the piano in church since the age of 14. Music has always been an important part of her life. She started taking piano lessons in the fourth grade and was a clarinetist in East Hall High School's Viking Marching Band, where she was the Drum Major during her Junior and Senior years. She was awarded the John Philip Sousa band award as a Senior. Janice attended the Medical College of Georgia and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She practices dental hygiene two days a week in Gainesville.
Janice is married to Darryl Smallwood. They have three daughters and five granddaughters.