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James Nichols

Senior Pastor

     Dr. J grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and has a passion for three activities: football, baseball, and stock car racing. Between his freshman and sophomore years at Woodlawn High School, the Lord came into his life and soon Dr. J’s plans took a dramatic turn. Recognizing that going forward his life would be very different, Dr. J. joined a youth group at a local church. A short time later, he felt God’s call into full-time Christian ministry.
     After high school, Dr. J. attended and graduated from Samford University and then The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministries degree. While attending seminary, he met his wife, Susan; they married in May of 1982. James and Susan have three children: Sharon, Jay, and Grace.
     Over the years Dr. J played his role in many different ministries. He’s a man who is committed to his Lord, his family, and ministry. Dr. J’s passions now include his family, the communication of God’s truth, Alabama football. And yes, he’s still a stock car nut.
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Casey Speigner

Minister of Worship

Casey was born in Enterprise, AL; After graduating from Enterprise High School, he went to Troy State University, where he received his B.S. Degree in Music. Bro. Casey has served in various churches in Alabama and Louisiana for 12 years before coming to Chapel Hill in June of 2017. Casey has been married to Jennifer since 1998 and they have two children, Troy and Ben.
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Rob Livingston

Minister of Children, Recreation and Administration

   Rob Livingston grew up in Tamaqua, Pa. He played baseball, he bowled, and played the tenor saxophone. It was the saxophone that brought him to Tuscaloosa in 1997 to march in the Million Dollar Band. Along with traveling with the Tide, he received his degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. In 2001 he met a beautiful woman who helped introduce him to Christ. In 2002 he gave his life to Christ and was baptized. He started working at Chapel Hill’s Summer Camp that same June. Rob was a counselor for two summers before taking over as Director in 2005, and is still very involved today.
   The same beautiful girl who led him to Christ became Rob’s wife in May of 2003. Erica and Rob have three wonderful children: Henry, Coelton, and Lillia. Erica works as the Freshman Chemistry Lab Coordinator at the University of Alabama. When they are not working they enjoy spending time together with their kiddos.
   Rob began as a volunteer Children’s director, worked bi-vocationally for years, and in 2013 was moved to full time Director of Children’s Ministries and Recreation. Rob currently drives a local elementary school bus route for the Tuscaloosa County School System. If you see a school bus driver with an unusual hat, that’s probably Rob!
   Rob enjoys spending time with his family, Alabama football, and traveling. He still enjoys bowling and dreams of bowling his 3rd perfect game (300) someday. Until then, he will just be happy teaching his kids how to play baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, and (just about) anything else they’d like to learn.
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Josh Helton

Minister of Students

Josh was born in Holly Pond, AL. He graduated from Holly Pond High School and later from Snead State Community College with an Associate’s degree in Computer Engineering. He then attended the University of South Alabama where he was called into ministry and met his beautiful wife Aly.
Josh transferred to and graduated from Athens State University with a B.S. degree in Mathematics and a minor in religion. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Josh has served in various churches in Alabama and Florida since his call to ministry in 2007. Josh and Aly were married in 2009 and have two wonderful children, Matthew and Esmae. They are excited about being back home in Northport and seeing what God has in store for the future!
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Ken Cheek

Associate Pastor / Minister to Senior Adults

     Ken grew up in Louisville, Mississippi and holds a BA from Mississippi College, a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary. After graduating from New Orleans, Ken married the love of his life, the former Mary Harless. They have 1 daughter, Tracy and 2 grandchildren, Sarah and Joel. 
     Ken served as senior pastor of Northridge Baptist Church in Northport for 30 years before retiring from the full time pastorate in 2009. Northridge named him Pastor Emeritus. Over his 30 years of ministry in Tuscaloosa County, Ken served in many areas of denominational life at both the association and state levels as well as First Vice Chairman of the North American Mission Board. 
     Retiring to the Cheeks simply means “redirection” in ministry. They joined the Chapel Hill family and began leading the senior adult ministry. Over the next 7 years in addition to working with the seniors at Chapel Hill, Ken served as interim pastor for 4 other churches. In January of 2017 Chapel Hill asked him to join the staff as Associate Pastor.      Ken loves to fish, read and travel but his number one passion (after preaching!) is people. He loves to fellowship with friends and meeting new folks.
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Margaret Wilson

Financial Administrative Assistant

   Margaret Wilson has lived in Tuscaloosa and Northport all of her life. She has served as financial secretary at Chapel Hill since 1996. She has been married to her husband Bobby for forty-six years. They have two sons and two grandsons. In her spare time Margaret enjoys fishing with Bobby, creative sewing, and spending time with “her boys”.
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Stacey Johnson

Child Development Center Director

My name is Stacey Johnson. I am a Northport native and graduate from Tuscaloosa County High School. Early on in my life I realized God had given me desires, talents and abilities to work with young children. Through His amazing “interruption” in my life I found the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Alabama. Here I graduated with a degree in Child Development with a concentration in Child Life. After five years in the working world, I returned to get my Master’s degree in Child Life.
I am blessed to be surrounded with a wonderful family. My husband and I have been married 15 years. We have three children, two He allowed us to raise here on this Earth and one He is holding for us in Heaven! My oldest daughter is twelve and my youngest son is seven. As a family we enjoy trips to the beach, riding bikes at the Riverwalk and simply being together. When I am not busy with baseball, softball or other family activities I really like to shop!