Minister of Music: Bruce Ware

At an early age, Bruce's gift in the area of music was manifested. He began playing for churches at the age of ten and went on to study music at Columbus College (now Columbus State University) in Columbus, GA. In 1990, he transferred to the University of Georgia where he studied Music Composition with a concentration in oboe. Bruce has been on staff at Timothy since January 1, 2000. Currently he serves as the Minister of Music, head of the music department, and works closely with the Worship Arts Ministry. His purpose is to be a blessing to the Kingdom of God, and to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through music.

Email: bware@timothybaptist.org


Executive Assistant: Deaconess Elishiba Hunter

Elishiba Hunter joined Timothy Baptist Church in 2005. She currently serves in several leadership positions at Timothy, including Coordinator for the Women's Ministry, member of the Media/Sound Ministry, and Deaconess Ministry. Elishiba started her undergraduate studies at Athens College of Ministry, and she is currently pursuing a degree in Religion, majoring in Biblical Studies at Luther Rice College & Seminary. She was blessed to join the Timothy Baptist Church staff in 2011 as an Office Assistant and was promoted to Executive Assistant in 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Her purpose is to be a blessing to the Kingdom of God with the spiritual gift of administration as stated in 1 Corinthians 12:28. Her motto for life is "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength."

Email: ehunter@timothybaptist.org

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Administrative Assistant: Minister Karen Wideman

Following the leading of the Holy Spirit, Karen was led to attend services at Timothy Baptist
Church. Through several worship experiences, she quickly knew within her heart that she had
found a church to call home. Shortly after attending services, Karen joined Timothy in 2011.
Upon joining; she became a Coordinator of the Women’s Ministry while later becoming active in
the Intercessory Prayer Ministry.

In the meantime, Karen completed a two year program for Minister’s in Training where she
furthered her studies in the Word of God. Following the completion of her training, Karen
preached her Initiatory Sermon and was licensed on February 21, 2017. With a desire to learn
more, Karen enrolled in classes at the Athens College of Ministry. She realizes that God
continues to bless her beyond measure as He blessed her to become part of the staff at Timothy
as the Administrative Assistant. Karen’s sole purpose is to please God. Her motto is: “Don’t just
exist…Live Life!”

Email: kwideman@timothybaptist.org


Assistant to the Pastor / Director of Education: Elder Terris Thomas

Terris D. Thomas was licensed to preach in June 1995 and ordained as Elder February 1999. She currently serves as Assistant to the Pastor and Director of Christian Education at Timothy Baptist, Director of Neighborhood Engagement for the Whatever It Takes Initiative with Family Connections, Communities In Schools in Athens, and chaplain with Marketplace Ministries assigned to both Pilgrim's Pride Poultry and Power Partners. "Elder T," holds a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Education from Beulah Heights University, graduating Suma Cum Laude as Valedictorian, a Masters of Arts Degree in Christian Education from Luther Rice University and a Masters of Science Degree in Youth Development from Clemson University.

Email: tthomas@timothybaptist.org


 Director of Food Service: Deaconess Patricia Jordan

Patricia Jordan joined Timothy Baptist Church in 2014 and immediately became an active member on the Usher Ministry. She is currently serving as The Director of Food Services at Timothy. She is retired from The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel where she worked for 37 years as the Catering and Banquet Manager.

Patricia received the Award for Excellence from The University of Georgia in 1998, a Certification in Hospitality, a Certificate in Management and a Certification in Service Heroes in Hospitality from UGA as well. In 1996 She completed courses from The School of Helps Ministry at Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, and received her Diploma in 1997.

Patricia’s purpose is to be a servant leader that blesses the body of Christ through serving with excellence. Her favorite scripture is “And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9)

Email: pjordan@timothybaptist.org