A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Whit began his ministry as Senior Pastor at Covenant Baptist Church on August 20, 2018. Whit spent 12 years serving as Senior Pastor of Frederica Baptist Church on St. Simons Island, GA, before beginning his ministry at Covenant. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Whit received his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry through New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Whit is an avid fan of "The Andy Griffith Show" and the Tennessee Volunteers. He is passionate about his wife Wendy and their four children. However, Whit's greatest passion is the Lord Jesus Christ and sharing Him with others.
Minister of Discipleship
Bob is our Pastor for Discipleship. He has served churches in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee. His ministry experience includes student, worship, education, administration, and senior adult work. He is a certified church consultant and a pastoral mentor to many ministers.
At Covenant Baptist, Bob’s contributions as a staff pastor include assisting the pastor and giving oversight to our Connection Groups and discipleship ministry.
He and his wife Vicky have three grown children and four grandchildren. He joined us in November of 2020.
Church Administrator, Associate Minister for Worship & Pastoral Care
Greg has been in the ministry for 45 years. A graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Greg has served in both full- and part-time music positions in churches in Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee. He and his late wife Gail have written more than 30 musical works published by LifeWay Christian Resources, where Greg served for 30 years in music publishing.
Greg now serves as our Associate Minister for Worship & Pastoral Care and Church Administrator. His wife Gail went to be with the Lord in January of 2016 after 45 years of marriage. Greg has two daughters, Katie and Julie. Julie and her husband Kasey have three children, Alex, Ella, and Jax. They live in Smyrna and spend lots of time at grandad's house.
Minister of Worship
Shay is a native of south Alabama but has lived in Nashville since 1999. He holds a degree in Music Education from Troy University and has been on staff with Covenant since 2012.
While in Nashville, Shay has worked as a songwriter and producer. He has recorded, written, and/or shared playbill with many artists including Dove Award-winning Sidewalk Prophets; Grammy nominees Sonic Flood and
DC Talk/Newsboys' Michael Tait; and Curb recording artists Selah, Charlie Daniels, Tanya Tucker, and many others. His songs have achieved chart success and have been used by television networks such as Nickelodeon, NBC, CMT, ESPN, Fox and TBN. He has used his music and abilities as a spokesman for Mission of Mercy as well as for Lust Free Living and is currently coauthoring a book on Christian unity.
Shay and his wife Claire were married in 2000 and have a daughter, Piper, and a son, Noble.
Interim Minister of Students
Jay serves as the Youth Specialist with the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. He has worked at churches in Louisiana and Tennessee and has spoken throughout the Southeast. Jay leads Youth Summer Camps and Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) for Tennessee Baptists. He holds a degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and joined our staff in September of 2020.
Jay's desire is to engage people with the gospel and to help them know the love
of Jesus Christ. He believes that the message of Jesus changes lives and provides hope.
He enjoys traveling with his wife Natalee and their two children Caleb and
Mary-Clare. Advocating for special needs, eating cajun cuisine, and traveling bring joy to his family.
Tammy Drolsum is our ministry assistant. She joined our staff in June of 2019.
Tammy, a University of Tennessee graduate, served as an editor at LifeWay Christian Resources for more than 20 years and then as assistant to the executive director and ministry strategist at the Nashville Baptist Association for three years. Her passion is to serve, engage and encourage people as they seek to grow in their relationship with Christ and bring glory to Him by sharing His love and discipling others.
She has two daughters, Aden and Lindy, and is a longtime member of Immanuel Baptist Church.