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.

  • 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.



  • Laura Pittman

    Preschool Coordinator

    Laura has served as the Preschool Director at Central Baptist since 2018. Laura and her husband, Jonathan, have been blessed with two children, Maybe and Hudson.  

  • Rein Hall

    Office Manager

    Rein has served Central Baptist Church since 2018.