Meet the Staff


Pastor Alan Davis

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.

Caleb Payne

Caleb Payne

Church Plant Pastor and Family Caleb Payne

David A. Williams

David A. Williams

Pastoral Care Pastor, David A Williams

Pastor David and his wife, Greta, married in November, 1962.  They have four children, eleven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, all of whom live in the Louisville, KY area, as does David’s mother, who is 96.  Native American ministries brought them to the mountains in 1997.  Upon his retirement from the railroad (1988), and then as a Senior Pastor (2011), they came to Woodland, and he was shortly called to be Pastor to Seniors – Pastoral Care and Intercessory Prayer.  David’s education was earned from University of Louisville, the Boyce Bible School and School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1969 – 1995), where he spent 12 years as an SME Supervisor.  He has extensive service pastoring churches in KY, IN, WV and NC, and serving as Chaplain at three area nursing homes and three hospitals.  He was founding pastor of the Beacon of Hope, where he has been named Pastor Emeritus.  For several years, he preached at the Open Door on Sunday nights, and served as a Hospice and military SMU (AF) chaplain.  In past years, David has served four terms as a Minister of Music and one as Youth Director, and sang tenor with the Christo Quartet for seven years.  He has taught every age group, and presently teaches our Sanctuary Class.  In his present capacity, Pastor David is pleased to serve to the glory of God until Christ Jesus calls him home.

Jon Nalen








Worship/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.

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