God is doing great things at East Gaffney. We are a church that loves mission work and believes in the true meaning of God's Word. Here at EGBC we believe that every life has value, no matter the age, experience, background, or current circumstance, and we are committed to equipping each person with the tools we need to fulfill God's wonderful plan for our lives. Simply put...YOU MATTER HERE!
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission is our passion, and our passion is to know Him and make Him known. We seek to train our people to grow in their walk with Jesus and engage our world with the hope of the Gospel.
East Gaffney Baptist Church is located in the East Gaffney community of Gaffney, SC. This is our Jerusalem and we strive to make Jesus known to all living around our church as well as working to spread the Gospel throughout the world.
Pastor Joshua Davison
Pastor Josh brings a passion for people and a diversity of ministry experience to EGBC. He began his ministry serving the homeless on and around the campus of the University of Georgia, and being the Head of Religious Activities for the Jackson County Correctional Institution and Jefferson, GA Sheriff's Department. Later he served as a Youth Pastor, until receiving his call to be Lead Pastor. He holds undergraduate degrees in Biblical Studies and Pastoral Theology, as well as a Master of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership. His wife, Elizabeth, is a Special Education Teacher, and together they have three boys, Joshua Liam, Creighton Brooks, and Josiah David.
Director of Children's Ministries
Tracy is married to Sammy Taylor and they have three children, Trey and his wife Megan, Mallory and Seth, along with the family dog, Cash. In Tracy’s professional career, she works as a physical therapist, where she strives to help people meet their goals of physical rehabilitation. She now adds to her many titles the role of grandmother, as the family recently welcomed into the world their sweet Sawyer Rae. Of all her roles in life, Tracy considers the greatest to be being a born-again Christian, who through the use of her spiritual gifts, serves the children of EGBC as Director of Children’s Ministries. She is honored and grateful to work alongside the EGBC staff, as well as the parents of EGBC Kidz who help to share God’s love, teaching the children to become “arrows” for Christ. Her passion is that all the children of EGBC would grow in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, just like Jesus did! (Luke 2:52)
Director of Student Ministries
Karen has been a member of East Gaffney since 1996. She is married to Jon Burgess (an ordained deacon of the church) and has been blessed with 2 children and 2 wonderful grandchildren. As she grew deeper in her relationship with God, she discovered that her spiritual gift was to work with students. Karen has served in this area since 2001 and considers it a blessing to be EGBC Director of Student Ministries since 2014. Her passion is to reach middle school and high school students with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, teaching them to live in a way that honors God. Her goal in ministry is to teach others who God is, helping them to build a strong relationship with Him, equipping them to share the love of God with others, through the Gospel. Karen is passionate about missions and strives to teach students the importance of being the hands and feet of Jesus.
Director of Music
Janice was called to East Gaffney in 2001 to serve in the music ministry. She is married to Howard Barnhill, and they have one son, Josh; his wife, Stephanie; and one grandson, Eli who is eleven. Janice enjoys camping and traveling with family and friends, playing the piano,
and encouraging others to use their musical abilities to serve and worship God. She believes music should be Christ-centered, biblically sound, and bring glory to God. Psalm 96 : ”Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”
Children's Ministry Intern
Shelby Duckett is a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church, and is the daughter of Richard and Claudia Duckett. Shelby attended Gaffney High School for 3 & 1/2 years and now attends Spartanburg Community College, where she is a marketing and management major. Shelby enjoys cooking with her grandma and reading. Her main goal working this ministry is to guide young hearts to Christ, to show them His purpose for them, in a fun and safe environment.
Barbara is married to Walt Peterson and they have three girls, Donna, Susie, Heather and sons-in-law, Jerry, Ritchie, and Jamey. They are blessed to be Mimi and Pop to seven grandchildren and two great grands.
In her professional career she works for the City of Gaffney as Administrative Assistant to the Police Chief. Barbara’s love for music was realized at the early age of five when she wanted to begin piano lessons, and has played for several local churches since the age of sixteen. She has been a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church since 1974 and has been the church pianist for 45 years, also playing handbells and singing in the Adult Choir. Barbara is passionate about sharing the gospel through her music as she believes this is her spiritual gift. She is grateful that God has blessed her with a talent and good health to be able to serve in the ministry for all these years.
LaRue was blessed to be saved by Jesus at an early age. She played piano at her father's church when she was a teenager, as she discovered she had a passion for music. The Lord blessed LaRue with a wonderful husband, two children, two special in-laws, and six grandchildren. She considers it her honor to have served the Lord at EGBC for many years in the music ministry.
LaRue gives thanks to God for a husband who never gave up on her, as she pursued her BA degree in Music Education.
"To God be the glory for being with me through all these years! He is faithful!"
Joy has a compassionate heart and enjoys helping other people. She loves to cook and bake (which makes her husband very happy!). She also enjoys reading.
Joy originally retired from AT&T, followed by a nine year career as a Flight Attendant. She likes to stay busy, and does so by serving as our Church Secretary. Joy says that she loves working at EGBC, because "everyone is so nice."