Our Staff

Dr. Rodney Autry

Dr. Rodney Autry

Senior Pastor

Dr. Rodney F. Autry has served as Senior Pastor of Union Baptist Church since 2010. Previously Dr, Autry served in pastoral positions in Georgia, Oklahoma and Virginia.  Most recently he was Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Manassas, Virginia from 1996 – 2010. He has developed the 365 Project, a yearlong emphasis to encourage people to read through the Bible supported by sermons on each biblical book, Sunday School overviews and email devotionals to support the 365 consecutive readings of the congregation as they read through the Bible together.   Dr. Autry is the creator, author and facilitator of My STORY: Sharing Christ Today, a new personal witness training process recently implemented at Union.  Active in denominational life, he has served on numerous boards and committees on both the state and national level including the Board of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He recently served as Chair of the Cooperative Program Committee of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.  He is a graduate of Shorter College, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he was awarded the Doctor of Ministry.  The Georgia native has been married for over 37 years to the former Lynn Bennett.  Mrs. Autry is a seasoned veteran of women’s ministry as well as preschool ministry and as led numerous clinics and managed a significant number of events. Mrs. Autry is founder of Mothers-in-Law Rejoice and the author of It’s All about the Mother-in-Law.  The Autrys have five grown children and three grandchildren.

Reverend Richard Whiteheart

Reverend Richard Whiteheart

Associate Pastor

Reverend Richard Whiteheart is the Associate Pastor at Union. He is very musically talented and visits our shut-ins as well as those in the hospital.

Carolyn Neill

Carolyn Neill

Pianist

Carolyn Neill is the pianist at Union.  She joined our Ministry Team in 2009.  She is married to Steve.

Adell Woodson

Adell Woodson

Church Secretary

Adell Woodson is Union's Financial Secretary.  She joined the staff of Union in 2001.  Adell and her family have been attending Union since 1996.  She is married to Rick and they have four children.

Rupert Thomas

Rupert Thomas

General Maintenance Tech

Rupert Thomas is our General Maintenance Tech.  He grew up attending Union and now cares for the physical structure of the building and grounds of the Church.

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