Staff & Leadership

We have a passion for people, our city and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

  • Ben Smith

    Senior Pastor

    Ben Smith began his ministry at Central Baptist Church in March 2012.  Pastor Ben graduated from Shorter University receiving a Bachelors of Science majoring in Christian ministry.  Following his time at Shorter he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary earning a Masters of Divinity.  He has served churches in Texas, South Carolina and Georgia.  Pastor Ben and his wife, Dana, have 4 children.

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  • Tim Kilgore

    Pastor of Families

    Tim Kilgore serves as our Pastor of Families, focusing on ministering to the children and students at Central Baptist Church and their families.  Tim, and his wonderful wife, Vicki, have been blessed with three children: Joshua, Andrew, and Abby Grace. Before coming on board and serving at Central Baptist, Tim served as Pastor of Students along the Alabama Gulf Coast.  Tim is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's of Arts in Communications and Information Sciences and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. When not at the church, Tim enjoys playing golf, guitar and cheering on the Crimson Tide! Please feel free to email Pastor Tim if you have any questions.

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  • Matt Peters

    Pastor of Outreach and Community Missions

    Matt began serving at Central Baptist as a volunteer in 2003. He joined the full-time staff in October of 2009. Matt and his wife, Jessica, have four children: Lily, Will, Ella, and Judah. He graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with an Associate of Science in Administration and from Georgia Southwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Before joining the staff at Central, Matt worked as a Golf Professional and earned Class A status from the Professional Golfer's Association of America. He still loves to play whenever he can. If you would like to email Pastor Matt, click here.



  • Tammy Carter

    Preschool Coordinator

    Tammy has served as the Preschool Director at Central Baptist for over five years. She is a native of Waycross and loves working with and ministering to children. Tammy and her husband, Kenny, have been blessed with three sons, Clay, Blake and Collin.  To email Tammy, click here.

  • Leigh Ann Tate

    Financial Secretary

    Leigh Ann is a native of Waycross. She graduated from Ware County High School in 1998. She attended Waycross College and graduated with an Associates of Arts degree in Business Administration in 2002. After graduation, she began at Valdosta State University and graduated in 2002 with Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting & Finance. She moved back to Waycross in 2004. She began at Central Baptist Church in 2005 and is a member of Sweat Memorial Baptist Church.  To email Leigh Ann, click here.