Transitional Pastor - Bryan Alexander


Bryan Alexander was raised in the home of a Southern Baptist pastor and was called to preach in 1987. His first pastorate was the Apalachee Baptist Church in Madison, GA from 1988 to 1993 when he took the pastorate of Sweetwater Baptist Church in Douglasville till 2015. He served in the Church Minister Relations Department of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board for 5 years before coming to Zion Baptist Church as the Transitional Pastor. Bryan and his wife, Cheryl, have been married for 39 years and have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.

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

Interim Worship Pastor - Jeff Murdock

Jeff was born and raised in East Point, GA. His family was active in Jefferson Ave. Baptist Church, also in East Point, where he professed his faith in Christ and was baptized. It was during revival in 1974 that Jeff felt called to ministry through music. He earned an Associate in Music from Truett McConnell College (now University), a Bachelor of Music in music education from Carson Newman  College (now University), and a Master of Sacred Music in choral conducting from Mercer University. He has served Baptist churches in GA on a full time, bi-vocatonal, interim and supply basis for 30 years as a music minister. In addition, he has had responsibilities in the areas of administration, education and student ministries. Jeff has sung with the Sons of Jubal, a male chorus of the Georgia Baptist Convention, since 1985. He has traveled to Russia, China, North Korea (yes, North Korea), Israel, and England with the Sons of Jubal mission trips. His family includes his wife, Renee, and two adult children, a son-in-law and three grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, Andy Griffith reruns and UGA football. 

Children's Director - Gail Bemis

Gail Bemis was born and raised in Tifton, Georgia. She earned her undergraduate degree in education from the University of Georgia and her Master’s degree from Georgia State University. She moved to Covington in 1980 and accepted a job with the Newton County Board of Education. She completed 36 years of teaching before retiring in 2015.


In 1986, she married her husband Jeff and they have two sons, Daniel, 28 and Matthew 25. They have three dogs, two cats, and two chinchillas. She is a true animal lover and she has raised her fair share of strays and baby everything.


She loves to travel, go on mission trips and meet new people. She likes to learn new things, especially anything related to construction or home improvement. Sewing and crafts are a couple of her hobbies. She likes to ride bicycles and enjoys being outside.


She has always loved working with children, so no one was surprised when she became a teacher. She has always been very passionate about teaching and has loved every minute spent with children. She always wondered when she would know when it was time to retire, but in 2015 God made it crystal clear! She didn’t know exactly what He had in store, but she trusted Him to show her the way. In 2016 the children’s director position at Zion became available and she knew God was calling her to fill it. She absolutely LOVES working with the children at Zion!

Youth Director - Tim McNarry


Tim was born and bred in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He served in the US military for 3 years. He has been working at AT&T for the last 23 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."

Administrative Assisstant - April McNarry

Shelley Cheramie - Weekday Preschool Director 

Shelley is a native of Decatur Georgia where she graduated from Towers High School in 1981. She went into the U.S. Army shortly after graduation and became a Medic. She has been married for 40 years to Dwayne Cheramie. Her husband is a Tugboat Captain on the Mississippi River. They have three children, two daughters and a son: Brook, Travis, and Laura. They have 12 precious grandchildren that they enjoy spending time. Shelley enjoys reading, drawing, crafts, and playing outdoors with her grandchildren. She also enjoys traveling with her husband.

Shelley became a Christian at nine years old. She continues to grow in her faith and God's Word. She was called to work with preschool children nearly 30 years ago and has enjoyed every moment. Shelley is now the ZBC Weekday Preschool Director. She believes that it is never too early to teach little ones about the love of God and His Word. It is her passion to reach these children and their families with the love of Christ.

Financial Secretary - Robin Rivers


Robin Rivers has been the financial secretary at Zion since June of 2013. She has 25 years in banking experience, ranging from backroom operations to branch manager to Corporate Bank Security. Robin was saved at the age of 15. She lives in McDonough with her husband, (who is also named Robin), and her dog Napoleon.

Custodial Staff - Lee & Julie Millwood