Our Staff

Ministry Staff

Billy Godwin

Senior Pastor

Billy grew up in Collierville, Tennessee, a town just east of Memphis. He responded to God’s call to preach the gospel while he was a sophomore at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After graduating from Baylor, he went on to receive a Master’s Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. His educational experience in Dallas was enriched by his involvement at Prestonwood Baptist Church where he served as pastoral intern and interim College Minister.

After graduation from DTS, Billy returned to his home church of First Baptist, Collierville and served as Assistant to the Pastor and Minister of Youth for several years. It was during this time on a trip to Georgia that he met Miriam Harris through a mutual friend. Miriam’s dad is Gerald Harris who pastored for 40 years and is the retired editor of the Georgia Baptist state paper - The Christian Index. Billy and Miriam married in April of 1992 and they moved to the Atlanta area in January of 1993 when Billy was called to be the pastor at Ephesus. Billy is a self-described "Andy Griffith fanatic."

During his first few years at Ephesus, Billy earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological seminary. Under Billy’s leadership at Ephesus, the church has grown from being a smaller family church to a growing community church and now a mission-minded regional church which is impacting West Georgia and the world for Christ.

Billy and Miriam both love music and have sung together over the years at several churches throughout the convention. Miriam is the church pianist. They have three grown children: Hayley Echols, Harris, and Hope.

Billy is excited about what the Lord is doing in and through Ephesus. His daily prayer is, “Lord, help me to hear YOUR VOICE above all others.”

Matthew Isennock

Minister of Education

Matthew Isennock came as Minister of Education to Ephesus in August 2002.  He has over 30 years of ministry experience including Christian camping, youth ministry and Christian education.  Growing up just an hour north of Baltimore, Maryland, Matthew got spoiled on fresh seafood from the Chesapeake.  Christian schools were attended throughout his educational experience.  He graduated from Tennessee Temple University with a Bachelor of Religious Education and later received his Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Titus 2:11-15 are some of Matthew’s favorite Scriptures.

Before coming to Ephesus, Matthew served as a Children’s Director and Camp Director, Youth and Education Minister in two churches. Three and a half years were spent at FBC in Ashburn, GA, near all the peanut farms, and six and a half years were spent at Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church in Flintstone, GA, at the foot of Lookout Mountain. He also served 4 years as children’s minister and summer camp director for a rescue mission in Columbus, GA, before going to seminary.

Matthew is happily married to Phyllis, who is an elementary school teacher. They feel blessed to be the parents of two adult children, Hannah and Christopher. The Isennocks welcomed Shannon into their family as Christopher’s wife in 2018.  Hannah works locally and Christopher and Shannon are both in medical school at Mercer University in Savannah, GA.  The family enjoys missions, traveling and soccer.  Matthew also enjoys home improvement projects and yard work.

Frank Gillespie

Minister of Music

Frank was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, but grew up in Valrico, Florida. His family became involved at Bell Shoals Baptist Church where he was saved at age seven. He feels blessed to have been influenced by many great leaders during his time there.

He met his wife Jennifer at the University of Mobile where he earned a degree in Music Composition. While a student at UM, he also worked at Integrity Music. Franks holds a Masters of Arts degree in Worship Studies and Leadership from Liberty University and is currently working on a Doctor of Worship Studies degree.

Frank came to Ephesus in June of 2002 having previously served at First Baptist Church of Destin, Florida and Moffett Road Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. Not only does he oversee the Worship Ministry, but he also works with our Senior Adults and helps design our publicity material like this website.
Frank believes he is called to help bridge the generations and encourage hurting people. Isaiah 26:3,"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you," is a verse that has meant a lot to him recently.

Frank and Jennifer have 4 children.

Jonathon Duke

Student and Family Pastor

Jonathon Duke came as Student Pastor to Ephesus in August 2013. Jonathon had 7 years of ministry experience before joining the staff at Ephesus. During those 7 years he served as youth minister at Antioch East Baptist Church (2006-2008) and pastor of Liberty Baptist Church (2009-2013) both located in Greenville, AL. Jonathon spent nearly his entire life growing up in Greenville, AL where he graduated from Greenville High School. After high school he went on to receive his Bachelors degree in Speech Communication from Troy University in Troy, AL. Jonathon then went on to receive an M. Div. in Theology from Liberty University. In 2019 Jonathon became the Student and Family Pastor at Ephesus as he began to take on the responsibility of overseeing all of the next generation ministries and working to create a more collaborative ministry approach between the preschool, children, student, and college ministries.

Jonathon found the woman of his dreams, Amanda, in 2009 and in 2011 they got married. They have a two sons, John Micah and Makoa. 

Lori Lewis

Director of Preschool Ministries

Lori Lewis grew up in Winston and Ephesus Baptist Church. She served many years as a layperson in preschool ministry. Working with preschoolers and ministering to their families soon became her passion as she realized God's call on her life to work in this area.

Lori attended West Georgia College and has a degree in Marketing/Public Relations from Georgia State University. After receiving her degree, she worked in the Marketing Department at the Commercial Bank in Douglasville as Director of Public Relations. She also attended Immanuel Baptist Theological Seminary.
She joined the staff of Ephesus in April of 2000 after teaching for six years in the Early Learning Center of First Baptist Church of Douglasville. She has over 25 years of experience in her field, training preschool leaders on the associational, state, and national level.

Lori is a self-described nature person. She loves the beach and mountains and enjoys planting flowers. She enjoys music, reading, and eating out with friends, especially if it's an Italian or Mexican restaurant. She clearly gets her work ethic from her favorite verse Colossians 3:23-24.

Lori and her husband, Jeff, have four wonderful daughters, three sons-in-law and 4 granddaughters (and one more on the way)!

Michelle Naile

Director of Children's Ministries

Michelle Naile was raised in Douglas County.  She knew early on that she had a passion to work with children.  Michelle graduated from The University of West Georgia in 2004 with a BS in Early Childhood Education and began her career in 2005.  After 14 years as a classroom teacher, God opened the door for Michelle to continue to use her knowledge and experiences as the Children’s Director at Ephesus.  
 
Michelle believes that in order to meet the needs of the developing child, she, and her team, must lead children through the love of God and the truth of His word.  During ministry opportunities with the children of Ephesus, the focus of the team is to help children love God by inciting WONDER, love life by provoking DISCOVERY, and love others by fueling PASSION as outlined in Matthew 22:37-39.   Michelle and the Children’s Ministry team are excited to work with each child and partner with each family they continue to help children “grow in wisdom, stature, and favor” (Luke 2:52).
 
 Michelle and her husband, Brad have three amazing children.  Brad and Michelle have spent many years working in ministry together.  They believe in making a positive impact on young people in their community through building relationships and through their daily examples of living out a life of faith.  
 
In her free time, Michelle can be found cheering on her favorite people as they coach, cheer, and play all types of ball!  She also enjoys hiking in the mountains in the fall and playing on the beach in the summer.

Support Staff

Veda Glore

Church Secretary

Billy Goff

Preschool and Children's Ministry Assistant

Bruce Goff

Media Director

Stacia Quick

Music Ministry Assistant

Shannon Ward

Student Ministry Assistant

Neil Harvey

Facilities Manager

Susan Clay

Financial Secretary