Rev. Wayne Rickard

Wayne has been in ministry for 45 years.  He has served as Worship Pastor/Minister of Music for Zion Baptist Church for 24 years.  His wife, Jo, has served as our pianist for 10 years.  She is a retired choral director for Henry County Schools. Wayne and Jo have two sons, Brian 35 and Barry 32.  Both sons are married and live in the Atlanta area.  Wayne and Jo have 1 grandchild, Asher Fox Rickard who is 5 months old.  


Wayne is a big Georgia Bulldog fan and a golf fanatic.  He loves to be golfing or fishing with his friends when he is not serving Zion’s church family. 


Wayne’s passion is leading worship and helping others to use their talents and gifts in the Lord’s service. He is a man who loves to share his relationship with the Lord with others.  Wayne has served 6 churches in his 45 years with the longest tenure being at Zion.  To God Be the Glory! 

             Rev. Frank Daws

Frank Daws was called by God to teach and preach the Word of God in 1982 while teaching a Men’s Bible Class at First Baptist Atlanta. Frank is a graduate of Luther Rice Seminary and has studied at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a pastor for ten years before joining Fred Overton Seminars, Inc. in January 1997. 


In November of 2002 Frank formed his own organization called: His Word Seminars, Inc. After 15 years of doing seminars, Frank became the Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Oxford, GA and was there for 4 years.

Frank’s life goal is “To effectively communicate His Word to the believer in order that they may understand and apply His Word thereby growing in the fullness of Jesus Christ.”


Frank, his wife Sandra, live in Covington, Georgia. They have three married daughters, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

                                                                                                                   Gail Bemis

I was born and raised in Tifton, Georgia. I earned my undergraduate degree in education from the University of Georgia and my Master’s degree from Georgia State University. I started teaching public school in 1979 in Fitzgerald, Georgia. I moved to Covington in 1980 and accepted a job with the Newton County Board of Education. I completed 36 years of teaching before retiring in 2015.


In 1986 I married my husband Jeff and we have two sons, Daniel, 28 and Matthew 25. Right now we have three dogs, two cats, and two chinchillas. I am a true animal lover and have raised my fair share of strays and baby everything.


I love to travel, go on mission trips and meet new people. I like to learn new things, especially anything related to construction or home improvement. Sewing and crafts are a couple of my hobbies. I like to ride my bicycle and I enjoy being outside.


I have always loved working with children, so no one was surprised when I became a teacher. I have always been very passionate about teaching and have loved every minute I’ve spent in front of children. I always wondered when I would know when it was time to retire, but in 2015 God made it crystal clear! I didn’t know exactly what He had in store, but I trusted Him to show me. In 2016 the children’s director position at Zion became available and I know God was calling me to fill it. It was really hard to leave a job that I had loved for so long, but God’s plans are always better than ours. I absolutely LOVE working with the children at Zion!

        Tim and April McNarry

Tim was born and bred in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He served in US military for 3 years. He has been working at AT@T  for the last 21 years. He is married to his rock and number one fan, April. They have three children, Kennedy, Gavin, and Mr. Finn.  He was saved by grace at the age of 38.


Tim and April have served the Lord at Zion as Youth Ministers since 2017. Tim says, "I am indebted to the many people who prayed for me whilst not a Christian, and it was because of their prayers that I was able to accept Christ as my personal Savior in 2015. We have a heart for our community and beyond and want to do what God wants us to do. It is an honour to serve you here."


April has recently accepted a position in the church office as receptionist.

                                                                                                                       Rev. Reese Sanders

Reese Sanders served as our Pastor here at Zion for 25 years. He currently serves as our Pastor Emeritus.

Robin Rivers, Financial Secretary 

Shelley Cheramie, Weekday Preschool Director 

Jo Rickard, Pianist