Rob Bailey
Pastor

Pastor Rob Bailey and his wife Deandra felt God’s call to the Athens’ community in July of 2008. With the thought of planting a church that would impact the community, they first opened a coffee house in the Five Points area to meet people and build relationships. Two Story Coffee was launched in October of that same year and a local icon was born. Shortly after, in April of 2010, Rob was called to pastor here at Oconee Heights Baptist Church. Rob and Deandra have 3 adult sons Paul, Mark and John and three amazing daughters-in-law. Rob has served as student pastor at Decatur Heights Baptist Church, West-side Baptist Church and Student/College pastor at Annistown Rd. Baptist Church before coming to be our senior pastor in 2010. He’s a native of Georgia, growing up in the Atlanta area and attending Tucker High School, Mercer University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Rob is committed to expository preaching of the Bible, in which the Bible is read, explained, and applied to daily living. He and Deandra are both committed to living out the Gospel, thriving in community, and leading the Oconee Heights family to “love each other so well, we make Jesus Christ impossible to ignore”.

Matthew Efird
Associate Pastor

Matthew has been a member at Oconee Heights since 2013. He began serving as an intern, served as Small Groups Pastor, and since 2018, now serves on staff as Associate Pastor. Matthew has the privilege of being married to his beautiful wife, Hannah. He and Hannah have three sons: Walker, Noah, and Abel. Noah was born in March of 2020 with Trisomy 13 and, after 57.5 hours on Earth, was healed and is with his Heavenly Father. The Efirds want their family's story to proclaim and invite others to experience God's goodness, even in the midst of darkness. Matthew and Hannah are high school sweethearts and both graduated from UGA. They enjoy hosting friends for dinner and game nights-their home is a place you are always welcome. Matthew wants everyone to live a life of knowing Christ and making Him known. He loves to read, listen to music, and spend time with his family. On Friday evenings you can find him enjoying his talent for making homemade pizza.

Anna Schill
Children's Ministry Director
Anna joined the staff as Children’s Ministry Coordinator in April of 2015. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Children’s Ministry from Toccoa Falls College in 2010 and has served in several churches in both children and worship ministries over the past 5 years. Anna has a passion for sharing the Gospel with children and helping them grow in their faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ. She enjoys serving the children and families of our church and surrounding community and is excited about continuing to reach children with the contagious and powerful love of Jesus. Anna and her husband Vincent have been married since 2012 and Vince serves as a Police Officer for Athens Clarke County. They welcomed their first son, Lawson, in June of 2016, and second son, Clayton, in September of 2017.
Stephen Drane
Youth Director

Stephen joined Oconee Heights in August of 2019. He received his degree in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia. While enrolled, he was very involved with the youth and worship ministries at a local church in Watkinsville. He married his beautiful wife, Sarah, in September 2020. His desire as Youth Director is for the students to actively pursue their relationship with Christ and grow deeper in their love for Him. Stephen also spent a couple of years as our worship director and remains a vital member of our worship team. 

Meredith Akins
Creative Director

Meredith joined the Oconee Heights family in January of 2019. She received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from UGA in 2015. After graduating, Meredith felt a call to the mission field and left for a yearlong trip around the world using art and murals as a form of missions. Upon returning to the states, (Norfolk, VA) Meredith focused in on her love for the underserved by working as a supervisor at a homeless shelter for families. In December of 2017 she re-met her *now* husband and it didn’t take long before she was packing up her life and moving back down to the Classic City. She and Alex are now happily married and live just outside of downtown with their cat Yonah. Meredith is deeply passionate about seeing others reach their full potential, particularly when it comes to the church. Her desire for Oconee Heights is that we be a church that is known by our love and fully submitted to the will and direction of the Lord. Alongside serving as our creative director Meredith also oversees our outreach and prayer ministries and would love to help you get involved and find your home here at OHBC!

Kyle Sartain
Worship Director

Kyle began serving at Oconee Heights in July of 2021 as the interim worship leader. It did not take long for him to realize that this was where God wanted him to be permanent! Kyle graduated from Valdosta State University with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. He has been serving as a Police Officer for the Athens Clarke County Police Department since May of 2019. That is where he met his beautiful wife Sophia! They got married in May of 2020 and have been pursuing the path God has laid out for them ever since. Kyle’s heart is that everyone who enters the doors of OHBC is able to freely worship our Savior regardless of the struggles that they go through every day. Kyle loves playing the guitar and leading but is really a drummer at heart.

Teresa Wilson
Ministry Assistant

When you call Oconee Heights, Teresa is the one who will answer the cell phone. She graduated from Athens Tech in marketing management and became a church member (with Joe, her husband) in 2013. Along with her regular office duties, she maintains the church website and social media. She also helps with most of the fellowship and outreach events and keeps up with the church calendar. In addition, she teaches K-2 grade Sunday school and volunteers for Awana. She feeds her own growth by participating and co-leading women’s ministry. Teresa and Joe both love serving their church in any way that brings glory to God. At home, they both answer to the high expectations and demands of their dog, Maggie Mae.