Church Staff

Pastor Fred Ayers


Pastor Ayers graduated from Auburn University in 1982 with his Bachelor degree in Environmental Engineering.  One year later he married his wife Ann.  After several years and many job relocations, Pastor Ayers accepted Christ as his personal Savior in 1988 while working in New Jersey.  He and his wife would later become actively involved at Open Bible Baptist Church in Williamstown, New Jersey.  In 1995, Pastor Ayers felt the Lords call on his life to preach.  He left his job as an engineer and took his family to Knoxville, Tennessee where he began seminary at Crown College.  After graduating from seminary in 1997, Pastor Ayers returned to Open Bible Baptist Church to serve as Assistant to the Pastor under Dr. George Riddell (Senior Pastor).  In June of 1999, Pastor Ayers and his family relocated to Erie, Pennsylvania where he serves as the Pastor of Walnut Creek Baptist Church.  Pastor and Ann have four children:  Trisha, Joe, Colleen and Sarah.

Caleb Lancaster, Youth and Music Director

We are happy to have Caleb and Iris Lancaster and their children Zahara and  Caleb with us!  Caleb is our new Music/Youth Director and we know both he and Iris will add much to the ministry here.  Caleb and Iris both grew up in Christian homes and accepted Jesus Christ as Savior as children. They met at Crown College of the Bible where they were both involved in music ministry. In addition to music, Caleb has served

 in bus and nursing home ministries, and while at Crown College, Caleb traveled in the southwestern United States helping with new church plants. After graduation, Iris taught music at Westwood Christian School in Miami, FL and worked with the church youth group. Caleb and Iris have  been serving at Grove City Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN since their marriage in August of 2010.

Joe Smith, Crossflow Ministry Leader

Smith Family

Joe and Jenn are excited to be the leaders of the new Crossflow ministry. Their one desire is to be used of God to be a blessing to college students in the area. Joe and Jenn were both raised in good Baptist churches in Kansas City, Missouri. They both accepted Christ in April of 1998 at a young age. Joe and Jenn met at church in 2003 and were best friends throughout their teenage years. They both graduated from West Coast Baptist College; Joe in 2012, and Jenn in 2014. Joe traveled for Advanced Ministry Training for one year with Evangelist Tom Farrell interning at churches along the East coast. The Smiths were married in August 2014 and are thrilled with the opportunity to serve the Lord together.