Rev. William “Bill” Kitchen, III (Pastor)

KITCHEN-WILLIAM-64Bill grew up in Georgia under the leadership of a long line of pastors. His father and grandfather were both Baptist pastors in South and North Georgia. He spent his high school years in Hartwell, Georgia, and graduated from Hart County High spending most of his time playing football and working in the hay fields in the summer. He began college at Anderson Baptist University where he met his wife, Judie. They both transferred to Georgia Southern and graduated there. Bill spent eight years working in secular fields before realizing that God meant to continue the “Kitchen Pastorates.” Taking their two children, Stephen and Kim, Bill and Judie left for Southern Seminary where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Divinity.

He served pastorates in Georgia for 34 years before retiring from First Baptist Church in Eatonton with 30 years in their service. He came to Hardwick soon afterward and currently enjoys a wonderful fellowship with the Hardwick church family.

When not preparing for Sunday services, visiting, or performing other areas of ministry, you will usually find him spending time with his family. He enjoys his children and five granddaughters, as well as one great granddaughter as they spend time on the lake year round. During the summer you will find them in the boat and fall and winter, they gather in his man-cave around the fire pulling for “The Dawgs.” Bill is also an avid reader and lover of the outdoors, including hunting. He will tell very quickly that it is sitting in the stand he loves and very rarely the hunt. He has a special relationship with his chocolate lab, Annie, who prefers he direct his attention to her rather than Judie.

Bill will tell you quickly that he has loved his years in the ministry and the wonderful opportunities God has placed before him.

Rev. William “Bill” Kitchen, III

Elaine Ellington (Secretary)

ELLINGTON-Elaine-55Elaine Ellington has been Church Secretary of Hardwick Baptist Church since September 13, 1971. She and her husband of fifty-six years, Carlton have three children (the oldest now deceased), eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her duties include maintaining membership records, preparation of the weekly newsletter, “Hardwick Herald”, preparation of Sunday bulletins and programs for special services as needed, answering telephone calls and routing them to appropriate parties, receiving visitors to the office, maintaining the church master calendar, scheduling events and use of the church van, accepting requests for ministry and referring them to the proper staff or deacons, general office duties and other projects as needed. The daughter of a long-time Baptist Pastor, Elaine looks at this as her ministry and service as directed by Christ, the Lord of her life.

Debbie McMullen (Financial Secretary)

MCMULLEN-DEBBIE-68Debbie McMullen is the Financial Secretary for Hardwick Baptist Church. She is employed part-time and began her employment in September 2008 after retiring from a 34 year career with Georgia Department of Corrections. Her responsibilities include maintaining all stewardship, financial and payroll records as well as assisting the church secretary when needed. She has two sons, Ian and Jason.

Georgia Ann Overman (Pianist)

OVERMAN-GEORGIA-97Georgia Ann Overman started piano lessons in the third grade thanks to the encouragement of her parents, Bill and Florea Wright. She started playing piano for her small home town church in Alabama at age 11. Georgia Ann joined Hardwick Baptist Church in 1968. She started playing the piano for the Children’s Department under Mary Freeman and also played for a a Sunday School class led by Ms. Lilly Davis at Green Acres Nursing Home in the early 1970s. Sometime in the late 1970s she started playing piano for worship services with Zelma Ray (Organist) as her mentor. GA considers herself an accompanist, not a performer, and has had the pleasure of accompanying the Sanctuary Choir, Youth Choir, Dayspring, soloists and weekly worship services since then. She states, “Hardwick Baptist has always had a strong music ministry and is blessed with many talented members from children to senior adults. I am so thankful that God led me to Hardwick Baptist and that the church has allowed me to serve as pianist for all these years and for the many people who have helped me along this journey.”

Jean Towns (Organist)

TOWNS-JEAN-83Jean Towns has been the organist at Hardwick Baptist Church since October 16, 1994. She also plays the piano for the Children’s Sunday School Department and some of the church services. She has directed the children’s choir in the past, leading them in many memorable musicals. Jean also sings in the ladies’ ensemble, Dayspring. Jean says she has enjoyed serving the Lord in the music ministry of Hardwick. She is the mother of three children and four grandchildren.