Steven A. Davies, D. Min.
Pastor Steve grew up in Gainesville, Georgia in a great Christian family and in a great church, Riverbend Baptist. At the age of eight, he trusted Jesus Christ with his life and accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. When he was eighteen years old, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served on active duty for more than five years. During that time, he sensed God’s call on his life to enter into full time ministry.
Pastor Steve graduated from Shorter College with a BS in 1982; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1985 with a Master of Divinity; and Luther Rice Seminary in 2007 with a Doctor of Ministry.
Dr. Davies has led Village since 1992. Prior to serving Village, he has served the church as Bus Minister (California), Student Pastor (while in college) and as lead pastor. His first pastorate was at Mount Alto Baptist in Rome, Georgia and after seminary he returned to Georgia to lead the Ball Ground Baptist Church for more than five years. He also served at Stonecrest Church in Woodstock, Georgia before coming to Village.
Dr. Davies is passionate about preaching the entire truth of God’s wonderful Word and has been doing so for more than 30 years. He has led mission teams to various parts of the world including; North Africa, Ukraine, Papua New Guinea, England, and Dominican Republic. He has led Village Church to be on mission not only across North America but around the world as well.
Pastor Steve married Beverly in 1982. She has faithfully been by his side through the seminary years and together they have four children. The three oldest are in college and their youngest is a freshman in high school.
Pastor Steve enjoys RV’ing, running, travel, and hiking. He is an unskilled golfer and has made threats on the golf course to just play ping pong!
Rev. Matt Plunk
Matt joined Village Baptist Church in 2013 as Worship Pastor. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Church Music at Union University in 1989, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Austin Peay State University in 2010, and in between degrees, Matt took classes at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Four churches in Tennessee that Matt has served in are; FBC, Parsons, Latham’s Chapel Baptist in Medina, Liberty Grove Baptist Church in Jackson, and Springfield Baptist in Springfield. Matt and his wife, Grace, have a 23 year old niece, Kali, who has joined them in Destin and at Village. Matt, Grace, and Kali all serve in the Worship Ministry at Village.
Rev. Sean Walker
Sean was born and raised in Niceville, Florida where his grandfather was a church pastor for more than 30 years. Toward the end of high school, Sean felt a calling in vocational ministry which was affirmed by his church. He graduated from Northwest Florida State College and completed his Masters of Divinity in May 2014 at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Sean and his wife, Bethany, served together at First Baptist Orlando before coming to Village Baptist Church in 2013. They will celebrate their two-year anniversary this fall.
Rev. Dan Alvers
Dan graduated with degrees in Theology from the Baptist College of Florida and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the Teaching Pastor, leading the Men’s Ministry Bible Studies and the Connect Ministry—a program designed to improve communications with visitors and attendees during their visit on campus. Dan and his wife, Kim, have a son named, Gunner, and they are expecting their second child in the fall.
Vicky joined the Village Baptist Church staff in 2002 and is responsible for establishing the Village Preschool Ministry programs. Since 2004, this ministry has served over 500 children and their families. Upon earning a BA in Business at the University of Kentucky in 1979, Vicky’s entrepreneurial skill and drive led her to a successful career in sales and training management positions—most notably, the telecommunications company now known as Worldcom. Vicky is married to Robert and they have one son, Carter.
Mickey has served as the Village Baptist Church Administrator since 2008 and leads the Fishers of Men adult Bible study class along with various service projects throughout the community. Prior to his move to Destin, Mickey served as vice president and president of two different distribution companies in Atlanta, GA for 28 years. Mickey earned his degree at Jacksonville State University in 1970. Mickey and his wife, Peggy, have three daughters; Valerie, Allyson, and Mandy, and two grandchildren, Kara and Brayden.
Senior Pastor Ministry Assistant
Linda served in the Village Baptist Church financial and administration office before leaving in 2010 to assist in the opening of the Destin LifeWay Christian Store. After two years as assistant manager of the LifeWay Store, Linda returned in 2012 to Village as Assistant to the Senior Pastor. She also serves in the Village Missions programs and events. Linda and her husband, Ray, moved to Destin from the Memphis area in 2000 with their two daughters, Amanda and Ashley. They have one granddaughter named Sophie.
Jerry Ann Chancellor
Jerry Ann has served as the Village Financial Secretary since February 2013. Before joining the Village staff, Jerry Ann worked at First Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach for 12 years where she served in a number of roles including, Administrative Assistant, Financial Administrator, Director of the Preschool and Children’s program as well as establishing the Mother’s Day Out program. She particularly enjoys working with young families and considers Mother’s Day Out to be a highlight of her time at First Baptist Church. Jerry Ann and her husband, David, live in Fort Walton Beach with their two children, Carmen and Stephen.
Wanda worked for the Okaloosa County School District as an Administrative Assistant for over 26 years before joining the Village Baptist Church staff in 2013. She has been a church member since 1984 and also sings in the Village Celebration Choir. Wanda and her husband, Ronnie, have been married for 42 years and they have lived in Destin since 1972. They have two daughters, Michelle and Heather, and 5 grandchildren; Cameron, Collin, Caleb, Zackery, and Morgan.
Tracie has been a freelance Graphic Designer and Writer since 1997. She joined the Village Baptist Church Publications Ministry in 2012 and became a Village member in 2013. Tracie graduated from Gadsden State University in Computer Science in 1987 and began a career in advertising as the Accounts Manager at Alabama Magazine and Mobile Bay Monthly. For a period of 6 years, Tracie was a stay-at-home mom when she began freelancing. Some of her work includes; Editor of The Seaside Times, GoldMine Magazine Designer and Proof Reader, SABA Books Editor, SS Marketing Managing Designer, and Managing Editor of Bush Publishing. Tracie has two daughters, Savannah and Tarrah.
Melanie, a native of Northwest Florida, joined Village Baptist Church Media in 2011. She earned a Bachelor’s in Broadcast Communications at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL and has worked in video production, directing, and editing for companies such as: Food Network—Restaurant Impossible, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), New Jersey Youth Convention, Mabe Production and Installation (MPI) and Southeastern University’s annual National Leadership Forum.
George is experienced in general construction and maintenance including, painting, tiling, and paver installation. He has been in charge of the Village facilities since 2012. George lives in Destin with his wife, Velma, and sons, Douglas and Lucas.