J. David Atwater

Rev. Jefferson David (“Dave”) Atwater became Antioch’s pastor in March 2006 following a thirty-year career as a Navy chaplain.  He knows both our church and community well, having grown up on a family farm outside Carrboro, attended Antioch throughout his youth, and graduated from Chapel Hill High School when it was still located downtown on Franklin Street.  His professional education includes Mars Hill College (B.A. in religion, 1970), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div., 1973), and Salve Regina College (M. A. in organizational management, 1990). 

Prior to his military career, Pastor Atwater served two churches in North Carolina, including six years as pastor of McDuffie Memorial (now North Chapel Hill) Baptist Church.  His active-duty military experience included a variety of assignments with the Navy and Marine Corps, including Wing Chaplain for the Second Marine Aircraft Wing; Director of Plans, Programs and Policy for the Navy Chief of Chaplains; Force Chaplain for the Chief of Naval Education and Training; and Director of the Naval Chaplains School.  Of all his chaplain duties, however, he says that his favorite was working at a retreat center where he “couldn’t wait to get to work to see what miracles were going to happen today.” 

At Antioch, he says that his primary interest is in helping each person – no matter what their age or interests – find the special role that God intends for them as modern day disciples, and helping to equip them to carry our Jesus' “Great Commission.”  He also wants to strengthen Antioch's role as an inter-generational church with a special sense of concern for family and community.  “We need each other,” he says.  “And it's no accident that the Bible tells us that God 'sets the solitary in families.' Working together, we can make a real difference in our little part of the world. Not incidentally, that’s also the best way to find real happiness and fulfillment.” He and his wife Judy have two children and four grandchildren. 

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
– Romans 12: 6-8

Jim Keating

Jim has been actively involved in church and youth ministry for over a decade. He grew up in Efland, NC where he was home-schooled.  He helped his parents with their small organic farm, and spent time in the wood shop making small toys and in the gym playing basketball. As a teen, he also enjoyed singing in the church choir and was involved with the youth drama team.


He received his B.A . in Biblical Studies from Grace Bible College, then served for six years as Associate Pastor of Campus Crossroads, which met on the campus at UNC-Chapel Hill. In that role, he spent a lot of time teaching Bible classes, sharing his faith, and learning about various worldviews. During that time, he also met and married Evie, who was a student helping with the church.  She earned her B.A. in English and German and her M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from UNC-CH.     


The Keatings moved to Kiev, Ukraine in 2009, where they served on the staff of a Christian school. Jim taught classes ranging from Apologetics to Spiritual Formation. He also mentored students, spoke at gatherings, and helped to coach the high school girls' basketball team.  


After returning to the States in 2010, Jim enrolled at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC, where he received his Master of Arts degree in Apologetics in 2014. He plans on using this training to help train Christians to strengthen their faith, defend Christianity, and share the Gospel effectively.  


Jim and Evie have three sons:  Finn, born in October 2011; Liam, born in February 2015; and Evan, born in June 2017. In his spare time, Jim loves to play with his sons, play disc golf and basketball, read, play card games, and watch Carolina basketball.  He is passionate about seeing youth and adults grow in their love and respect for the Lord, and is excited to be working at Antioch!

Barry Carroll

The son of a bi-vocational pastor, Barry pretty much “grew up in church.”  He recalls that, when he was about fifteen, his dad told him, “You're the new director of the youth choir.”  It proved to be an inspired choice.  Barry went on to win a five-state regional “Boy Song Leader” contest sponsored by Youth for Christ, and competed for the national championship in Winona Lake, Indiana.  Later, he also became an original member of a musical group known as “The Spurlows.”  Created by the legendary Thurlow Spurr, this traveling gospel music group used drums, electric guitars, and a unique vocal harmony to reach teens for Christ. 

In addition to his church work and music activities, Barry was also co-captain of his track team in high school, winning honors as the Forsyth County Conference champion in the 880 yard run and the long jump.

Barry's college years were spent at UNC – Chapel Hill, where his uncle, Dr. Dudley DeWitt Carroll, had served as Dean of the Business School and was the namesake for Carroll Hall.  While a student, Barry took numerous religion courses under Dr. Bernard Boyd, sang with the UNC Men’s Glee Club, and was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity. 

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management, he went to work for Burlington Industries, first as a plant industrial engineer, then as Manager of Packaging Development and Procurement.  During these early years of his career, he also served as youth choir director at Lawndale Baptist Church (Greensboro), then as Minister of Music at Summerfield Baptist (Greensboro), First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (Burlington) and Holly Hill Baptist Church (Burlington).

A career change to sales – which required extensive travel – temporarily ended Barry’s involvement with church music.  After retirement, however, he and his wife Barbara became active in First Baptist of Burlington, serving on many committees and teaching Sunday School.  Barry was also part of  the music ministry there, and served as a Deacon.

In his spare time these days, Barry enjoys playing golf with friends and serving as Minister of Music here at Antioch.  He and Barbara have two grown sons, and four grandchildren.