Lead Pastor, Alan Davis
Pastor Alan and his wife Jenee’ were married in the fall of 1986. They have three children, son Jesse, and two daughters, Sara and Rachel. Pastor Alan is a native of Haywood County, N.C. and was raised on a cattle farm in the Crabtree Community. He spent 10 years on the Professional Rodeo Circuit before surrendering to God to preach the Word. Pastor Alan is a 1999 graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute with an Associate degree in Church Ministry. He has attended and completed classes at New Orleans Seminary. He is completing his Masters degree of Church Ministry with Andersonville Seminary. Pastor Alan was called as Senior Pastor of Woodland Baptist early in 1999. Prior to that He was the Senior Pastor of James Chapel Baptist Church. He has served on the board of directors of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and on the Pisgah Baptist Camp Committee. Pastor Alan also served two terms as the President of the Haywood Baptist Pastors Conference. Alan is the current president of the Smoky Mountain Baptist Fellowship Pastor Alan loves to pray for, prepare and preach, expository sermons. He has a heart to see people come to repentance and a saving faith in Jesus Christ and also to see Christians discipled in Christ to bring glory to God.
Church Plant Pastor and Family Caleb Payne
Associate Pastor, David A Williams
Pastor David came to Woodland in Spring, 2011, retiring after fourteen years of ministry to Native Americans near Cherokee, NC. He still maintains strong connections to the Cherokee people. He is a native of the north-central Bluegrass (Kentucky), where most of his family still lives. His wife, Greta, served beside him faithfully until her passing in the fall of 2015. Brother David earned his education from the University of Louisville, Boyce Bible School and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1969-1995), where he was an SME Supervisor (School of Theology) for twelve years. He has extensive experience as pastor in KY, IN, WV, and NC, and has also served previously as a Minister of Youth and five times as an Interim Minister of Music. For seven years, he sang high tenor with the Christo Quartet. He was founding pastor of the Beacon of Hope, where he has been named Pastor Emeritus. Besides nursing home and hospital chaplaincies, which he still maintains, he has also served as a Hospice and SMU (AF) chaplain. David ministers at Woodland essentially as pastor of seniors and pastoral care. He has preached across the Mid-west and has taught every age group, presently teaching our Sanctuary Bible Class, plus occasional Bible book series. He is very much Pastor Alan’s right-hand man.
Student Pastor, Jon Nahlen
Pastor Jon spent most of his life in Columbia, South Carolina. He moved to Franklin, North Carolina in 2013 where his father (Tom Nahlen) is the pastor of Longview Baptist Church. Jon completed his AA degree from Fruitland Baptist Bible College in March of 2015 and plans to finish his BA degree from Western Carolina University. Previously, he worked as a youth intern at many different churches and helped lead worship at his father’s church. He was also the youth worship leader for First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, NC, where he met Kaylin. Pastor Jon and Kaylin were called to Woodland Baptist Church in January 2015 and were married that summer.