Ministerial Staff –

Dennis Watson

Dennis Watson
Senior Pastor

“I seek to point people to fruitfulness and fulfillment in Jesus Christ.”

Dennis Watson became the first and only Pastor at Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church    on March 1, 1982. A native of southwest Atlanta, Dennis is a graduate of Atlanta Christian College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

Dennis is married to Sheila and they have three children and three grandchildren. Their daughter Denise is married to Matt Culbreth and they have two children. Their oldest son Chris serves as Pastor of Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church Hollonville. Chris is married to Lisa and they have a son. Joshua, their youngest son, is a student at Shorter College.  Dennis enjoys spending time with family, exercising, reading, and yard work.

 

 

Ken Helms

Ken Helms
Associate Pastor, Fayetteville Campus

“My joyful calling is equipping and working with our members to present Jesus Christ as good news of Eternal Salvation to our community and our world.”

Ken has been the Associate Pastor of Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church in Fayetteville, GA since June of 1987. A native of Enterprise, AL, Ken is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, AL and earned his Master of Divinity and Master of Religious Education at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Before coming to Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church, Ken served on staff at Fairburn First Baptist, Fairburn,GA and City Price Baptist Church in Louisiana.

Ken’s ministry areas include: Evangelism, Outreach, Missions, Teaching, Discipleship, Pastoral Counseling, Hospital Visitation, Senior Adults, Men’s Ministry, and Intercessory Prayer Ministry.

Ken is married to Heather and they have eight children (5 girls and 3 boys): Bethany, Havilah, Canaan, Jordan, Shaphan, Josiah, Kerith and Micaiah. Ken’s interests are various but include: the gym, sports, guitar/music, and reading.

 

Keith Turner

Keith Turner
Minister of Education

“My heart’s desire is to help believers grow in Christ likeness, equip them to minister in His church, and lead them to be on mission with God in His world.”

Keith Turner has been the Minister of Education at Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church in Fayetteville, GA since October, 1984. Keith was born in Fayetteville while his dad was pastor of New Hope Baptist Church. Keith is a graduate of Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, GA and earned his BME from Shorter College in Rome, GA. Before coming to Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church, Keith served on staff at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Riverdale, GA.

Keith’s ministry areas include: Sunday School, Discipleship, Mission Organizations, Global Missions Committee, Mission Trips, and Church Library.

Keith is married to Sheila and they have two children: Ben and Rachel. Keith’s interests include: family, sports, gym, reading, travel, writing, and apologetics. He especially enjoys participating in mission trips to East Asia.

 

Steve Owens

Dr. Steve Owens
Minister of Music

“My greatest privilege and joy is leading the Body of Christ into the presence of the Lord. ‘O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together.”

Steve Owens has been the Minister of Music at Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church since February of 1990. A native of Amarillo, Texas, Steve is a graduate of North Texas State University in Denton, TX and earned his Master of Music from Boston University. He also earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Before coming to Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church, Steve served on staff at Ruggles Street Baptist Church, Boston, MA; Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY; First Baptist Church, Winter Park, FL; Aloma Baptist Church, Winter Park, FL; and he was an Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

Steve’s ministry areas include: coordinating and directing all music activities (choral and instrumental) for all ages preschool through adults; working closely with the staff and especially the Pastor to plan all worship services for the church.

Steve is married to Jane, who is one of our pianists and organists at Harp’s Crossing, and they have five children (3 girls and 2 boys): Sheryl, Christina, Mark, David, and Rebecca. Steve’s interests include: working out at the gym, throwing batting practice, walking, teaching clarinet students, and music.

 

Chris Watson

Chris Watson
Pastor, Hollonville Campus

“I seek to build relationships with others so that I can point them to the most important relationship, Jesus Christ.”

Chris became the pastor of our Hollonville Campus in March of 2011 and is excited about what God has done and continues to do!  He grew up in Fayetteville almost all of his life and is a graduate of Atlanta Christian College. Currently, he is working on his Master’s Degree at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary extension center in GA. Chris served previously as Minister of Students on our Fayetteville campus for 7 years before becoming the pastor of our Hollonville campus. He has also served at several other local churches doing various youth internships.

Chris is married to Lisa and they have one son, Landon. Chris’ interests include: all sports and spending time with family.

 

Paul Allen

Paul Allen
Minister to Youth, Fayetteville Campus

“My goal in short, is to develop the most comprehensive discipleship model possible for grades 7-12, so that by the time a student graduates, they will naturally choose Jesus as they go out from the church.”

Recognizing my hopeless condition without Christ, I was born again in Athens, GA in October of 1995. This “Saul-Paul” conversion experience drastically changed my life in every way. The Lord gently, but rapidly moved me toward ministry and within a year I found myself beginning to understand my initial call to ministry. His continued grace and goodness led me to my wife, Mandy, and our first rich years of ministry and marriage together. Mandy and I are now blessed with three wonderful children and over 12 years of fruitful ministry. Each day I’m amazed and humbled by our Lord’s power and love.