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 (married to Cameron and living in Kannapolis) and Ben (married to Lauren and living in Raleigh).  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 7, 2021.  Before coming to JHBC he served as the Youth Pastor and Media Director for Wise Drive Baptist Church in Sumter, South Carolina.

Nick says his goal is 'that every student who comes into contact with me knows and understands that they are worthy, loved, and called; Worthy in God’s eyes, Loved by me, our church, and God, and Called to share these points with everyone around them!'

Nick enjoys video games, graphic design, traveling, and being in the kitchen. Nick also serves as the State Area Rep for Youth in North Carolina for the Christian Motorcyclist Association.




Church Administrator

Richard Sistrunk

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Richard S. Sistrunk joined the JHBC Staff as Church Administrator in August of 2011. He started his career in Information Technology with Coty in 1975 as second shift computer operator. Over his career he held various positions with Coty; the most recent being Vice President Infrastructure Services World Wide, leaving the company after 32 years in September 2007. He has also served as part time Minister of Music/Music Director at Holly Springs Baptist Church in Broadway, NC, Lillington Baptist Church in Lillington, First Baptist Church in Hope Mills and Flat Springs Baptist Church in Sanford.

He married Jackie T. Sistrunk in 1971. Jackie passed away in November 2012. She retired from teaching middle school language arts and social studies in Lee County after 28 years in 2006. They have four children, Amy, Richard, Jr., Elizabeth and Jenny and 6 grandchildren. They have resided in Lee County since 1977. Both Richard and Jackie are graduates of Campbell University, Richard with B.A. Mathematics and Jackie with B.S. Elementary Education and Masters in Reading.

Richard enjoys singing, cooking, hunting, fishing and working in the garden.




Church Administrator

Mike Bundy

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We are so pleased that Mike will join the JHBC staff in October 2021! 

 

Mike has a Bachelor of Science in accounting and an MBA from Campbell University.  He has held several leadership positions at Cumberland Co. Schools, Moore Co. Schools, Vance Co. Schools, Budget Manager at the NC Department of Insurance, and Senior Administrator at Wake Co. Schools. 

 

Growing up Mike worked extensively with his father who was a building contractor. This provided him with experience in dealing with and working with sub-contractors and also demonstrates his aptitude for handling the facilities portion of our Church Administrator position.

 

Mike and his wife, Ruth, live in the Carolina Lakes area.

 

 




Administrative Assistant

Erica McLeod

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Erica McLeod joins the Jonesboro Heights staff in June, 2021.  Before coming to JHBC she served at Grace Christian Child Development Center.  She also serves at New Salem Church and plans children's activities. She has a Bachelor of Science from UNC Greensboro in Human Development and Family Studies. 

Erica is married and has two lovely daughters.  

 

 

 

 




Pianist

Joan Luellen

Joan Luellen joins 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.