Staff

Senior Pastor

Dr. Calvin Sayles

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Dr. Calvin Sayles began his ministry as senior pastor on March 1, 2014.  Born in Missouri and raised in Colorado Springs, CO, Cal graduated from Colorado State University (B.A. in Psychology, 1980).  From there, he spent 23 years in the United States Army before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in May 2003.  Feeling called by God into full-time ministry, Cal pursued graduate theological education at Gardner-Webb University where he graduated with a Master of Divinity (2004) and Doctorate of Ministry (2013).

Before coming to JHBC, Cal served as senior pastor to churches in Concord, NC and Spindale, NC.  He is married to Sandy and they have two sons, Joshua and Nathan.  In his free time, Cal enjoys pottery, stained glass, and reading from a broad spectrum of topics.




Associate Pastor of Music

Scott Davis

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Rev. Scott Davis began his ministry as Associate Pastor of Music on December 11, 2017. Before coming to JHBC, he led music ministries at churches in Missouri and Iowa, and also served as Collegiate Ministries Director at the University of Missouri for the Missouri Baptist Convention. He is a graduate of Truman State University (Bachelor of Music Education, 1986) and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div., 1990).

Scott has a passion for using music to worship God and develop worship services that encourage people of all ages to engage and communicate their gratefulness to God for His great love and sacrifice for us.

Scott has been married to Ann since 1986. They have two children, Katy (who is married and living in Charlotte) and Ben (who is a student the University of Iowa). In his free time, Scott enjoys outdoor activities – hiking, biking, fishing, and other adventures.




Associate Pastor of Youth, Children, and Families

Nick Smetak

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Rev. Nick Smetak began his ministry as Associate Pastor of Youth Children and Families on July 7th, 2021. Before coming to us, he served as the Youth and Media Pastor of Wise Drive Baptist Church in Sumter, SC. Nick has also served with the North American Mission Board and various state conventions since his call to ministry in 2014 at the age of 17.

Nick loves to spend his free time in graphic design, as well as with video games, cooking in the kitchen, and traveling. He also serves as the Area Rep focusing in Youth Movement for the Christian Motorcyclist Association here in North Carolina.




Church Administrator

Mike Bundy

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We are excited to welcome Mike Bundy to the JHBC Staff Family in October of 2021!




Administrative Assistant

Erica McLeod

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Erica McLeod joined the staff in June 2021. She grew up in Chatham County and is married to Sammy McLeod. They have two daughters, Cheyenne and Chloe. She graduated from the University Of North Carolina of Greensboro with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2017. Before joining our staff, Erica worked with preschool aged children.

She continues to enjoy working with children and teaching Sunday School. In her free time, she enjoys crafts and traveling.




Pianist

Joan Luellen

Joan Luellen joined the Jonesboro Heights staff in June, 2021. Joan has an extensive background as a pianist, serving in multiple churches over the years, most recently at Grace Chapel Church in Sanford. She has accompanied children's choirs, adult choirs, and led a handbell choir.

Joan works as a full time physical therapist for the Lee County Schools.




Pastor Emeritus

Gilbert McDowell

Rev. Gilbert W. McDowell, pastor emeritus, served Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church for 28 years as pastor. He came to JHBC in 1964 from Pilot Baptist Church, Zebulon, NC. where he served from 1955-1964. From 1964 until 1992 he led the church through two building programs of the present education building and sanctuary. He served on the Ordination Committee of the Sandy Creek Baptist Association and remains active in the church life.

Rev. McDowell graduated from Greenwood High School, Greenwood, South Carolina. Received his Bachelor’s Degree from Furman University, Greenville, SC.  and his Batchelor of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

He and his wife, Nancy Powell McDowell have three sons. Steve and wife, Tanya of Cary, NC. They have two children, Ashley and Zachary. Stan and wife, Karen of Charlotte, NC. They have two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mark and wife, Kate, and Joey. Bert and his wife Mary live in Cumming, GA. and have one daughter, Maggy.

He has many interests that have kept him busy over the years. His love for family, friends, gardening, sports, and reading (especially history) has always been a priority. His love for God’s word and understanding of people endears him to the present day congregation of JHBC. He and Nancy were honored in 2003 when the new fellowship area, McDowell Hall was named for them. He has continually led people to “deeper depths and higher heights” of God’s love.