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Pastor Matt Grimes

Matt Grimes was born in Lexington, Kentucky.  After several moves, his family settled in Tennessee where he attended high school and later college.  He was saved while attending college on a baseball scholarship in 1991.  After finishing his baseball career,  he moved to Georgia to work for his uncle as a painter.  In Georgia he met his wife Beth and they were married in 1995.  Matt joined the City of Covington Fire Department, where he served for 12 years.  God called Bro. Grimes to preach in February of 2006.  He enrolled at Atlanta Baptist College in August of 2006.  He graduated with Honors and received his Masters Degree in May 2009.  God lead Matt, his wife Beth and their three boys, Matthew, Andrew and Nathan to Liberty Baptist in August of 2008.  In May of 2009, Liberty Baptist voted to call Bro. Matt Grimes to become pastor following Pastor Anderson's announced retirement in 2010. 

Matt Grimes enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, fishing and watching sports.  He is an Atlanta Braves fan but loves the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

His life verse is Psalm 119:128 "Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right: and I hate every false way."

Pastor Emeritus Anderson

Pastor Anderson was born and reared in the rural area around the tiny Central Georgia town of Glenwood, which has a static population of approximately 500. He graduated as valedictorian of the senior class at Glenwood High, and he played both basketball and baseball. Following graduation in 1960, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to pursue a career in business.

On June 24, 1962, he married the former Patsy Clements, his high school sweetheart. They now have five grown children, plus one already in heaven who was stillborn.

After spending 13 years in secular work during which time he was ordained as a Baptist deacon, taught numerous Bible classes, and became a bus captain, God called him into full-time service. Eighteen months were spent in the college and church at the large Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, when Dr. Bob Gray was pastor. Transferring back home to Baptist University of America in Atlanta, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible was earned with honors in 1977. Pastor Anderson was conferred an honorary doctorate by Trinity Baptist Seminary in 1997. Pastor Anderson views himself as "an ordinary man on an extraordinary mission" with anything accomplished owing to God's marvelous grace and the faithfulness and prayers of his Godly wife of these 40 plus years.

Steve Gerak

Steve Gerak was born and raised in New Jersey as a “preacher's kid” where his father continues to pastor. He was blessed to have a Christian upbringing as his parents placed a great importance on following God's will. It wasn’t until late in his sophomore year in college that he obeyed God's calling on his life and surrendered to full-time ministry while attending Tennessee Temple University where he also met his wife, Lisa. In 2002, Steve received his B.S. in Youth Ministries and that same year married Lisa. Immediately, he began to work as the Assistant Pastor at Old Time Baptist Church in Conneaut, OH. Since 2002, Steve has worked in full-time ministry in two different churches taking on responsibilities in youth, music, prison, and Christian school ministries before being called in 2018 to Liberty Baptist Church as Assistant Pastor leading the youth and music ministries. Steve and Lisa are blessed with three children – Alex, Kate, and Aly. As a family, they enjoy music, sports, and being active in the ministry. We look forward to continuing to be a help at Liberty Baptist, however God sees fit.

Dr. Martin Cook

I praise the Lord for His goodness in my life and the opportunity to serve Him at Liberty Baptist Church. Doris and I both are from the Atlanta area and we met as young teens and have been married for 33 years. We have one daughter, Heather who is actively serving God. I was saved along with my wife Doris in 1975 in our home after Doris visited a church as a result of the bus ministry. We trusted Christ when presented the gospel on a follow-up visit. Immediately we began serving in the church and then God called us into full-time work. I started in 1980 and have served in 3 different churches in the last 26 years. The Lord has given us many souls and it has been a blessing. We are excited about serving the Lord at Liberty and what He has in store for us!

Roger Prillhart

Roger was born in 1946 in Kingsport, TN. His parents were saved while he was very young. He was raised in a good Christian home. Later as a young man he was drafted into the U.S. Army and did a tour in Vietnam. After returning to the US, in 1971 he enrolled in Tennessee Temple University. He heard preaching like he had never heard before. He realized that even though he had been raised in a Christian home he was not born again, but was lost and needed a Savior. He was saved as a student at TTU. He meet Donna and were married in May of 1971. Roger and Donna have been in the Ministry since that time.  The Prillharts have two sons David and Aaron. David and his wife Elizabeth and their granddaughter live in Haines City, Fl., Aaron serves in the Army Reserves. Aaron and his wife Joanna just had their second child.