Meet the Pastors of the DBA
And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge & understanding. Jeremiah 3:15
Name: Niles C. Dixon
Church: Springhill Baptist Church
Married to: Christy Dixon
Children: Lauren 13, Ethan 11
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 139:14.….I am fearfully and wonderfully made
Favorite Songs (At least one Christian & one secular): So, so many to choose from, I listen the 100.7 ThePromise but a short list is: Even If by Mercy Me I will not be moved (Natalie Gant) The River (Jordan Feliz)
Soldiers Under Command (Stryper) To Hell with the Devil (Stryper)
Secular.….You Give Love a Bad Name (Bon Jovi).…I was an 80’s teenager, sorry
Interesting Fact: I have Elvis’s birthday, HUGE Star Wars Fan; love Hard Rock Christian music
Short Bio: I have lived my whole life in Hazlehurst GA. 46 years old. I am married to Christy Kirkland Dixon, teacher and co-director of Mt. Zion Learning Center and Christian School in Hazlehurst. 2 children Lauren (13); Ethan 11. I pastor Springhill Baptist Church outside of Alamo, Ga and previously pastored Mt. Galilee Baptist Church outside Jacksonville GA. I work at DFCS (Dept. of Family and Children Services) processing Food Stamp and Medicaid cases. As stated above, I love Star Wars. I’m a huge GA Bulldog fan. Graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1993.
Name: Clarence Best
Church: Higgston Baptist
Position: Youth & Worship Pastor
Married to: Regina H. Best
Children: David C. Best & Stephen J. Best
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Peter 5:7 – “Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Favorite Songs (At least one Christian & one secular): “When We All Get To Heaven” & “The Anchor Holds” & “Midnight Cry”
Interesting Fact: Graduated from Vidalia Comprehensive High School in 1989,
Married in April of 1991, Plays Trumpet, Love working with Youth and Young Adults, Enjoyed Coaching Sports at the Rec. Department in Montgomery County,
Pastored at Cross Timbers Baptist in Vidalia, Ga.
Short Bio: My father and mother, Earl & Annette Best, moved to Vidalia, Ga. in 1980. I am the youngest of 3 siblings, Sena Lorine Cain and Richard James Best, Sr. I am truly the baby; you could say a second family. My sister and brother are 18 & 16 years older than I. We began worshipping at Smith Street Baptist Church. I become part of the Family of God the summer of 1984 while attending the DBA Church Camp in Brunswick, Ga. The pastor of the church at this time was Bro. Jerry Pickard. I graduated from Vidalia High School in 1989. I married Regina Holton on April 28, 1991. We have two wonderful sons David C. Best, 21 years old, and a 2014 Graduate of Montgomery County. Stephen J. Best, 15 years old and currently a student at Robert Toombs Christian Academy. I have served in many leadership roles at Higgston Baptist; from Discipleship Training leader, Sunday Teacher, Youth Pastor to Worship Pastor. I was ordained as a Pastor in 2015 and became the Pastor of Cross Timbers Baptist Church of Vidalia, Ga. I truly enjoyed my time as the pastor at a wonderful church. I currently am serving back at Higgston Baptist as the Worship Pastor & Youth Pastor. I always find any time I am at the church it is a peaceful time for me. Whether I am studying, working or meeting. I also work at BMC, previously VNS Corporation, and have been employed for nearly 16 years with the company. I love serving Christ and I love watching Christ work in young adults as they grow. I have a heartfelt desire for the youth in this area to know Jesus Christ and become more active in a local church. There are many people that say the youth is the future of our church. I however say, the youth are the “NOW” of the church. If we do not reach out and help the youth of the area we will have failed in God’s commandment. We as the Family of God need to love, correct, and help lead them so that they know there is more to life than what the world shows them day-in and day-out.
Name: Ricky Cummings
Married to: Kristy Helen Craven
Children: Noah (11), Joshua (9), and Creed (2)
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 2:2 (ESV) For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Favorite Songs: Even If by Mercy Me
Interesting Fact: I have a twin brother (Ray Cummings) who is also a pastor (Golden Acres Baptist Church — Phoenix City, AL)
Graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from William Carey University — played baseball there
Graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Southern MS
Chemistry Professor at William Carey University for 9 years.
Began preaching full time.
Received MDIV, Th.M, and Ph.D in preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Began at FBC Vidalia in October of 2016.
Church: Smith Street Baptist Church
Married to: Heather (Bevan) Proctor
Children: Andrew and Ava
Favorite Bible Verse: Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Favorite Songs (At least one Christian & one secular): Where I Belong (Building 429), As the Deer (Hymn), Waiting for a Star to Fall (Boy Meets Girl)
Interesting Fact: I have been in radio almost 20 years and currently host a daily morning news show, regionally syndicated weekly biblical advice show , football scoreboard show on Friday nights, and call baseball play by play for Robert Toombs Christian Academy.
Short Bio: I am a 2000 graduate from Vidalia Comprehensive High School. He holds a B.S. in Business Management from Western Governors University and Masters of Arts Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) with a concentration in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. I was ordained in October 2007 at Alston Baptist Church, where I served as pastor for over three years. I have also served as Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor before joining Smith Street Baptist Church in 2014, I has written the book, Game Changers: Understanding Effective Church Membership.
When I am not spending time with my family or on my boat fishing, I enjoy working at Vidalia Communications Corporation (WYUM-FM, WTCQ-FM and WVOP-AM) where I got my start in radio broadcasting nearly 20 years ago and continue it, on the side, to this day.
Name: Billy Folsom
Church: Cross Timbers Baptist Church
Children: Matthew, Ty
Favorite Songs: A Wonderful Savior
Interesting Fact: Served on White House duty under two presidents while in the USMC.
Short Biography: I was raised in north Florida. After completion of high school worked odd jobs and met my wife on a blind date. Joined the USMC in 1989 and discharged in 1995. I have traveled all over the US. I was saved at an evangelistic event held in an elementary school at age sixteen. I have bee ordained for about nine years now and am currently at my first church as pastor. It is a lot of work but I am loving it.