Pastors & Staff

jonathan barbee

Lead Pastor

Jonathan is married to his college sweetheart Brandi. They have two daughters Chloe and Caroline. Jonathan has a deep love for God's Word and discovering truths in his personal study. In addition, he enjoys hunting, fishing, tennis, running, basketball, and anything related to UNC, Mets, and NY Giants. 

Devin warfield

Associate Pastor of Children, Family & Discipleship

Devin was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma. He met his wife Nikki during college on a mission trip to Guatemala, and they later lived there for four years. They have two children, Micah and Della. Devin loves to preach and teach God’s Word and disciple young believers. His hobbies include drinking coffee, playing golf, eating Mexican food, and playing “Sorry” with his family.

tanner dobson

Worship & Interim Student Leader 

Tanner was born and raised in Durham. During his free time, Tanner enjoys playing basketball, spending time with his friends, and making music with one of his many beautiful guitars. 

Kelly Johnson


Kelly is married to Dan and momma to Adelyn and Ila. She loves travel, cooking, and organization while sports bore her. 

van lilly


Van is married to Glenda and they are the parents of 2 children. He enjoys teaching and listening to Southern Gospel music. 

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Floyd Pearce


Floyd is retired and so is his wife, Betty. He enjoys classic cars and Nascar racing as well as spending time with his son, Brian. Floyd and Betty both enjoy working in the yard and serving at Bethesda.

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Dr. Sherrill

Interim Head of School

Dr. Sherrill is the Founder and Superintendent Emeritus of North Raleigh Christian Academy where he served at its helm for 24 years. Over the past 52 years of serving Christ, he has had the joy of serving as a youth pastor, executive pastor, and senior pastor the first 20 years of ministry and has been a teacher, coach, and head of school for the past 32 years. God has also used a ministry he began, Christian School 101, to help start 70 Christian schools. Holding two doctorate degrees, one in Theology and one is Christian education, Dr. Sherrill currently serves as the ACSI Field Director for NC, SC, and VA ministering to 219 schools.
His life verse is Phil. 3:14, “I press toward goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14). His heart’s desire is for Christ to have preeminence in his heart and life. It is his joy to serve the church, staff, families, and students of Bethesda. 

Brenda brown

Lower School Assistant Principal

Ms. Brown has faithfully served at the academy since its inception. many of those years as an assistant principal. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University.  Ms. Brown has two grown children Susan and Andy.  Her granddaughter attends BCA.  She has also served at Bethesda Baptist Church working with children, teaching adult Sunday School, and helping in the church video ministry.  Many say, “Ms. Brown came with the building in 1997.”  

Jennifer Carr

Upper School Assistant Principal

Jennifer Carr, a BCA staff member since 2009, has been teaching for over twenty-one years. Born in Ohio, Ms. Carr came to know the Lord at the age of twelve and surrendered her life to serve him that same year. She attended Christian schools from elementary through college where her degree focused on both language arts and history.
Though she can have fun with her students, her classroom atmosphere is very structured. Her favorite part of teaching is watching students research and prepare class presentations. She loves a little-known history fact and the well-written/well-spoken word.
Apart from her Lord and Savior, her greatest joy comes from her three sons Cody, Conner, and Carson.

Carla Maples

Early Education Assistant Principal

Miss Maples has worked at the BCA Preschool the past two years.  She became a member of Bethesda Baptist Church in 2018 where she is involved in the worship technology ministry running the livestream service, presentations, and sound.  Her Bachelor of Science Degree is from Liberty University in Worship and Youth Ministry. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Discipleship and Family Ministry.  She did an internship at a megachurch in the Children’s ministry.  Miss Maples believes God has called her to the BCA Preschool to support and partner with families “to train up their children in the way they should go” (Prov. 22:6).  Her life passage is Ephesians 4:11-16.