Our Staff
 
 
Shawn Thomas, Senior Pastor

Shawn Thomas, Senior Pastor

Senior Pastor Shawn Thomas
Pastor Shawn came to Pleasant Ridge in March of 2015 from Norman, Oklahoma, after serving as a senior pastor for 27 years in Southern Baptist Churches in Oklahoma & Louisiana.  His heart is for discipling God’s people to spend time with Him every day in His word & prayer.  On his blog, www.shawnethomas.com  he shares daily devotions, book reviews, texts of his messages, and stories from his family. 
 
setfbc@bellsouth.net
Worship Arts Pastor

Worship Arts Pastor

Dr. W. Jim Smith,  Worship Arts Pastor

Jim has served at Pleasant Ridge since 2006.  His passion is leading people in worship of the Lord Jesus Christ through song.  He holds the Master of Religious Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph. D. in Worship Leadership from Cosmopolitan University. In February of 2016 Jim became the full-time director of the CoMMA (Community of Morganton Municipal Auditorium) and part-time worship arts pastor at PRBC. 

drjsmith@bellsouth.net

Youth Pastor Keith BurkhartRev. Keith Burkhart, Youth Pastor

Keith has served on staff since May, 2013.  His passions are leading students into a deeper relationship with Christ, music, and hiking the mountains.  He holds the BA in Biblical studies and Church Music as well as the Master of Divinity in Worship Leadership from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

kburkhart76@gmail.com

Dr. Amanda Burkhart, Director of Childrens Ministries

Dr. Amanda Burkhart, Director of Childrens Ministries

Dr. Amanda Burkhart, Director of Children’s Ministry

Amanda has served on staff since August, 2013.  She enjoys teaching children the truths of the word and loving on her own kids, Zeb and Georgia.  She holds the Master of Divinity in Christian Education degree and the Doctor of Education degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

amanda.burkhart@hotmail.com

JaneMrs. Jane Crisp, Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Jane has been on staff since 2005.  Her sweet spirit and servant heart make her a tremendous blessing and asset to both the ministry team and the members at PRBC. Jane’s family includes her husband Mark (a deacon at Pleasant Ridge) and her daughters Lindsay and Sarah.

janeccrisp@yahoo.com