Meet The Staff At Ekron Baptist Church


Pastor Wes Pinkley, Senior Pastor

Brother Wes Pinkley came to serve at Ekron Baptist Church in August of 2013 as our senior pastor.  He and his wife Melissa have been married since 1993 and have lived in Fort Worth, TX, Calhoun, GA, Mt. Vernon and Edwardsville, IL. They homeschool their four children – Ben, Micah, Levi and Abigail.

Before arriving at Ekron, Wes spent his formative years in the Daytona Beach area.  It was in 1988 that God brought him to faith through a series of small group meetings and late night conversations around an open Bible and coffee. Shortly thereafter, he attended the University of North Florida, receiving his BA in Accounting in 1991.

It was while teaching an 8th grade boys class at First Baptist Church of Daytona where he surrendered to a call to ministry in 1992. From there he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX for his MDiv.  Currently he is continuing his education while enrolled in the Biblical Counseling program at Southern Seminary.

Bro. Wes has a variety of interests.  He enjoys reading, especially theology and classics; woodworking, he has crafted over 250 pens, and engaging in the interests of his children.  With Ben he plays chess and golf, Micah and he engage in video gaming and coffee roasting, Levi and he fish and play guitar, and with Abby shopping is always an adventure.  Time with his wife Melissa is spent talking over coffee or searching through antique stores.

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Melissa McRae, Music Director

Melissa McRae has served as the Music and Media Director since June of 2014; however, she has served as the Music director as a volunteer since 2009. Melissa was born and raised in Meade County and loves her community. She and her husband Paul were high school sweethearts, marrying in 2007. In, 2013, they were blessed with their daughter, Hannah.

At nine years old, Melissa was saved while attending Vacation Bible School at Ekron Baptist. As she grew, she developed a desire and love for music and wanted to use her talents for God’s glory. She was a member of MCHS Madrigal Singers and Beauty Shop Quartet and served as president of the MCHS Choir and Modern Music Masters. She was blessed to have the opportunities of singing at Carnegie Hall and for the President at the 2000 White House Christmas Party while in the Madrigal Singers.

After high school, she attended Jefferson Community College, earning her Associate in Arts and Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Care. She worked at Breckenridge memorial as a registered respiratory therapist while serving as our volunteer Music Director.

Melissa enjoys taking walks and of course singing. She likes spending time with family and raising Hannah, desiring to raise her as a woman of Christ. Melissa and Paul enjoy trying new and exciting things, the most recent being zip lining.

Support Staff


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