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. 


    Dan has been a member of BSBC since 2009 and has worked at Great Dane since 1983. He and his belated wife, Lisa, have two sons. 

  • Doug Gifford

    Doug has been a BSBC member since 2016 and works at Fuji Vegetable Oil. Doug, and his wife, Mary, were married in 1977 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 four children: Wesley, Joseph, Adelle, and Elsie. 


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

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

  • Taylor Lazenby

    Taylor serves as the Lead Pastor of BSBC, a position he has held since 2024. He and his wife, Kayla, have two children: Madelyn Grace and Haddon.


    B.B.A., Accounting (University of North Georgia)

    M.Div., Christian Ministry (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)

    Ph.D., Christian Preaching (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in progress)

  • Noah Morris

    Noah Morris has been a member at Bull Street since 2018. Noah works at Gulfstream, and also serves at Bull Street as chairman of the Finance Committee and co-teacher of the Adult 1 Sunday school class. He and his wife Emma were married in February 2023.

  • William Santiago

    William has been a member of BSBC since 2010 and works as a designer at Sottile & Sottile. He and his wife, Taylor, have two children. 

  • Ed Stallworth

    Ed has been a member of BSBC since 1999. He and his wife, Adrienne, have been married since 1965 and have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. Ed retired from Lummus Corporation as a quality engineer. 


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.

  • Marc Bacon

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  • Jeff Hart

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  • Brian Kornblatt

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  • Jon MOntesinos

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  • Ben moultroup

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  • Calvin Mudge

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  • Ryan O'Dell

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  • Erick PiNA

  • Bill Saxman

  • Roger Stephens

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  • Jerome Watson

  • Dakota Wilke