Elders and Deacons

Bull Street Baptist Church is led by a plurality of elders, governed by the gathered congregation and supported through the practical ministries of the deacons.


The Bible prescribes that the local church is to be led by a plurality of elders. Because the words “pastor,” “elder” and “overseer” are used synonymously in the New Testament, all pastors at BSBC are elders and all elders are pastors. The elders are comprised of men who satisfy the qualifications for the office of elder set forth in I Timothy 3: 1–7 and Titus 1: 5–9. Some of our elders serve vocationally and others fulfill their calling as volunteers. 

The elders oversee the ministry and resources of the church in accordance with the Word of God. In keeping with the principles set forth in Acts 6: 1–6; Hebrews 13:17 and 1 Peter 5: 1–4, the elders devote their time to prayer, the ministry of the Word (by teaching and encouraging sound doctrine), and shepherding God’s flock. 

  • Kendall Cleveland

    Kendall Cleveland is married to Rachel Cleveland, who is pregnant with their first child. He has been a member of BSBC since 2019 and is currently the Director of Discipleship for the church. After coming to faith in Christ at an early age, Kendall later pursued theological education in college and at Reformed Theological Seminary. He graduated with a Ph.D. in theology from the University of St Andrews in 2016. Since the summer of 2019, he has served as the teacher of the Adult 2 Bible Study Group and has been active in the greeting and nursery ministries at BSBC. 

  • Calvin Fowler

    Calvin came to Bull Street Baptist Church in July 2008 as the 15th Lead Pastor. Prior to coming to Bull Street, Calvin served as the Community Pastor at East Cooper Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, SC. Calvin and his wife, Char-La, have 5 children. 


    B.A., Business Administration (Southern Methodist University)

    M.Div., Theology (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)

  • Doug Gifford

    Doug has been a BSBC member since 2016 and works at Fuji Vegetable Oil. Doug, and his wife, Mary, have been married for 41 years and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. 

  • Tim Kurtz

    Tim Kurtz has been a BSBC member since 2011 and is the Assistant Pastor. Tim and his wife, Katherine, have three children: Wesley, Joseph, and Adelle. 


    B.A., Electronic Media Production (Oklahoma Baptist University)

    M.A., Film & Television (SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design)

  • Andrew Lucius

    Andrew joined Bull Street Baptist Church in May 2015 as the Associate Pastor. He has been married to Becca since 2010 and they have two children. 


    B.A., Music (The University of Southern Mississippi)

    M.Div., Worship Leadership (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)

    Ph. D. Student, Theology and Worship (The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary)

  • John Rettiger

    John Rettiger has been a BSBC member since 2019 and has been following Jesus for over 20 years. He currently serves as a BSBC Sunday school teacher. John is the president of Colonial Oil, and he and his wife Kelly, have two children Norris, 24 (wife, Grace) and Madison, 20.  

  • Ed Stallworth

    Ed has been a member of BSBC for 22 years. He and his wife, Adrienne, have been married for 56  years and have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Ed retired from Lummus Corporation as a quality engineer. 

  • Pat Talley

    Pat Talley has been a member of BSBC for 42 years. He and his wife, Janice, have been married for 60+ years and have 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchild. Pat retired after 38 years of working in US Custom Service.


The office of deacon is that of a servant, meeting the practical needs of the church in ways that free the elders to fulfill their responsibilities. A deacon must meet the qualifications for the office as described in Acts 6:1-7 and 1 Timothy 3:8-13. Deacons serve under the authority of the elders, being organized in the most fitting way to accomplish the various ministries of the church. 

Particular responsibilities of the deacons include:

  • benevolence ministries of the church
  • practical service to the church body
  • accommodations for the services of the church
  • other specific tasks as needs arise in the church.
  • Joel Georgeff

  • Zach Kahrs

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  • Brian Kornblatt

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  • Jon MOntesinos

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  • Noah Morris

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  • Calvin Mudge

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  • Ryan O'Dell

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  • William Santiago

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  • Bill Saxman

  • Jerome Watson

  • Dakota Wilke