1290 College Street Macon, GA 31201 478-742-8926
The Centenary staff exemplifies team ministry at its best. We are different parts of the body with equal value. We depend on other parts of the body. We build our leadership around primarily part-time positions, which means that most of us actively maintain work and interests in a variety of other fields. The resources joined together by a team of professionals including everything from a video producer to an educator to a pastoral counselor are vast. We are each grateful for the opportunity to serve together at Centenary!
Dr. Tim Bagwell
While serving as the lead pastor at Centenary, Tim also works full time as the Director of New and Revitalized Congregational Development for South Georgia. In this position, he starts new churches, works with transitional congregations, and oversees Methodist Hispanic churches, consulting with anywhere from 30 to 40 different congregations at any given time.
Tim holds degrees from Oxford College of Emory University, American University, and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His Doctor of Ministry degree is from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. The son of a United Methodist pastor, Tim has been involved with many congregations in South Georgia and has served several as pastor, including Martha Bowman Memorial UMC in Macon and Porterfield UMC in Albany.
Tim and his wife, Susan, have two children: John lives and works in Washington, D.C. and Emily works in Rome, Georgia. The Bagwell's dog, a miniature schnauzer, was adopted from the Humane Society. Because she was a lonely dog, Tim and Susan named her Eleanor Rigby (after a Beatles song about a lonely woman).
While consulting with Centenary, God spoke to Tim's heart and gave him the feeling that he was supposed to be at Centenary. His visionary leadership, enthusiasm for his work, and his unique abilities as a pastor and preacher have left an indelible mark on Centenary Church. Tim says that Centenary, because it is about community and relationships, is one of his great passions.
Rev. Helen Willoughby
Minister of Pastoral Care
Helen came to us from Anniston, Alabama where she had been serving as senior pastor of Glen Addie Community Church, an inner-city mission congregation of the United Methodist Church. After marrying Rogers Willoughby on a beach in Hawaii, Helen relocated to the Middle Georgia area with her new husband and joined the staff at Centenary.
Helen holds degrees from Booker T. Washington Business College, Miles College, Georgia State University, and her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She is certified in Christian Education and as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She was the recipient of the 2006 Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award in the North Alabama Conference in recognition of her willingness to risk and stand up for the rights of women and ethnic minority persons. Helen's professional career has included work with Atlanta?s Apex Museum, the American Cancer Society, various churches, and a chaplaincy at the University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham.
In addition to her work on our staff, Helen is also serving as the chaplain at Evercare Hospice of Macon where she provides spiritual support and guidance to hospice patients and their families. Additionally, Helen volunteers with HODAC in Warner Robins as a member of the sexual assault and domestic violence response team. Helen's gifts in pastoral counseling, teaching, and communication are valuable contributions to our staff and congregation.
Director of Worship and Communications
Beth juggles her responsibilities at Centenary with her job as a Producer for Bright Blue Sky Productions, a business she co-owns with her husband, Elliott. Bright Blue Sky specializes in long format high definition video production, a field that has allowed Beth to master the art of creative storytelling. Her creativity and her dramatic approach to worship and communication have made her a valuable asset to the staff and the worshiping life of Centenary.
Rev. Jerry Elder
Minister of Music and Creative Ministry
If you hand Jerry an instrument, he can probably play it, teach you to play it, and write music for it. A talented musician, minister, teacher, and conductor, Jerry brings a breadth of expertise to his role on the Centenary staff. Having grown up in the Atlanta area, Jerry has earned degrees from Brewton Parker College, Samford University, and a Master of Church Music from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained a Minister in First Baptist Church of Conyers in 1982.
Jerry has served the music and youth ministries of several churches across Georgia including, most recently, Leesburg UMC. He has worked extensively in music education on the college level, including the design of a Certificate in Church Music program at Darton College in Albany, Georgia.
Director of Centenary Community Ministries, IncA native of Watkinsville, GA, Rogers holds a BSA degree from the University of Georgia. He joins the staff at Centenary after 30 years of experience with New Holland Agriculture, where he recently retired (2008), having held positions in service, parts, and most recently as Business Manager for South Georgia and Florida.
Rogers has a passion for ministering and teaching others about God?s unconditional love and acceptance along with their true identity in Christ. He is married to Helen and is father to Rashad, Britney, and Patrice.
He serves as a volunteer with Evercare Hospice of Macon and has served as a math tutor for at-risk children. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and fishing.
Rogers serves as mentor and coordinator of Centenary's Transitional Housing Program, and other Outreach services.
A native of Macon, Norris has served at Centenary since 1998 and has always lived in the Beall's Hill neighborhood surrounding the church. Norris is responsible for the day-to-day care of Centenary's grounds and facilities and he works hard to keep everything at Centenary looking and functioning at its best. Norris' past experiences have included housekeeping and custodial roles at large grocery stores and a local hospital. He was the bell captain at the former Hilton hotel in downtown Macon and can tell many a story about some of the visiting singers and celebrities he met while working there.
Talisa joined Centenary Church as a teenager and has been an active (and we mean active!) member of the congregation for many years, faithfully holding fast to God's vision for Centenary through some very lean years. Feeling a sense of call to deeper service at Centenary, Talisa left her job as a Kindergarten paraprofessional at Rosa Taylor Elementary School in 2006 to join our staff. Officially, Talisa is our church administrator, though we all know her better as our quarterback. Coordinating the work of the staff, most of whom are part time and work from other offices is no small task.
Minister of Community Building
Stacey Harwell is our Minister of Community Building and a deacon in the South Georgia Annual Conference. She graduated from Mercer University with degrees in journalism, Christianity, and photography; then went on to do her Masters of Divinity work at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Her concentration while at Candler was on Church and Community Leadership which includes an emphasis on Asset Based Community Development.