J. David Atwater, Pastor

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

Sandi Brady, Minister of Music

Sandi Brady comes to us from Chatham County, residing in Pittsboro with her cat, Miss Kitty.  Most of Sandi's family also lives in Chatham County, in the Harper's Crossroads - Bear Creek community.  Home of B&B Tire and Southern Supreme Fruitcake. 

 

After graduating from Chatham Central High School, she attended Campbell University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1984, earning a Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry with a specialization in music. She also served as President of the Campbell Choir, as chair of SGA Spiritual Life, held various positions in Baptist Young Women on campus, and was named to Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities.

 

She went on to attend the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, earning her M.Div. in Pastoral Care and Counseling.  She was also involved in student government and the seminary ensemble.  While in seminary, she tried various things in following the call to ministry.  She completed a unit of clinical pastoral education at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, served as a WMU summer intern, and as children's choir director at Deer Park Baptist Church in Louisville.   Her most meaningful time came as a volunteer missionary to Ivory Coast, West Africa for six months with the International Mission Board.  

 

Sandi has served several Piedmont churches: as Minister of Music and Youth at First Baptist Church of Robbins, NC; as Minister of Music at Olive Chapel Baptist Church in Apex;  as Minister of Youth and Children at Mt. Olive Baptist Church north of Pittsboro, as Minister of Music/Worship Leader at Farrington Road Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, and as supply musician/preacher for the Goldston United Methodist and Cane Creek Baptist Churches.

 

Since 2000, Sandi has also served a role in the optometry industry.  She says that it has been important and meaningful to have "one foot in the church" and "one in the marketplace".  Sandi currently works for Triangle Visions Optometry.  On the marketplace mission field, Sandi is constantly challenged to keep faith real and relevant and to be an encouragement to those around her.

 

Sandi has always loved church, people, and music. She enjoys academics and sports.  She even played first base on a co-ed softball team in 2017.  She is apt to have a camera in her hand, and may be found doing a line dance or the two-step. 

Staff

Chase Greeson, Associate Pastor for Student Ministries

Chase Greeson is a native from Georgia where he grew up with his parents

and sister.  He was adopted from South Korea when he was 11 months old. Chase holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from Georgia College & State University (May 2013). He later acquired his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina (December 2017).

 

At Antioch Baptist, Chase is eager to learn and serve this community. He has zeal for the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ and helping others grow spiritually through discipleship. He enjoys teaching God’s Word so that others will grow and be equipped to fulfill the Great Commission in whatever season of life.  In his free time, Chase enjoys baseball – the Atlanta Braves, spending time with friends, and enjoying a good cup of coffee with a book in hand.