Pastor Joe Alain has been preaching and teaching for over twenty-seven years. A native of Florida, Pastor Joe comes to Carrollwood from south Louisiana where he recently served as the Senior Pastor of Hebron Baptist Church, Denham Springs, and First Baptist Church of Port Allen. Joe employs an expositional style of preaching and teaching that seeks to draw people into a transformative encounter with the living and gracious Lord. The use of metaphor, humor, and probing questions is often seen in his sermons.
Joe is married to Rhonda McCall Alain and has one daughter, Rachel and her husband Wes of Denham Springs, LA; and two sons, Ben who attends Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a Worship Leader and Student Pastor at the Passage Church in Wendell, NC and Caleb and his wife Sierra and their newborn child, Gracie Mae, Joe and Rhonda’s first grandchild!
Joe is a graduate of The Baptist College of Florida and The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, having received both the M.Div. and Ph.D degrees. As well as pastoring, Joe has served as an adjunct faculty member of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary since 2000 and has published several articles in the field of preaching. When not involved in church ministries, Joe enjoys reading, playing tennis, guitar and sport rocketry.
Pastor Bill became our Minister of Education in November of 2003. Brought up in the mission fields of Africa (Kenya and Zimbabwe), Bill graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a degree in Religious Education. Bill has served churches in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
He and Susan have one daughter, Heather. Pastor Bill is responsible for the Education and Senior Adult ministries and you will find him behind the scenes in so many areas of our church ministries.
Pastor Brian has been a part of our staff since 2008. He is a native of Texas. He graduated from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Church Music. Brian has served with a couple of churches as an interim minister of music while in seminary.He and his wife Joyce have two children, Aidan and Kayleigh. Pastor Brian is our minister of worship. He works with our choir and orchestra ministries as well as the rest of our creative arts.
Pastor Matthew is serving as our Interim Youth Pastor. Matt has grown up in the Tampa Bay area and has been apart of our fellowship since he was a child. While finishing His associates degree at Hillsborough Community College in 2013, He was invited to serve alongside our music and youth minsters as a ministerial intern. He was then ordained as a minister of the Gospel on September 21, 2014. Matt graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor degree in Psychology and currently attends Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is pursuing a masters degree. Matt is married to Jennifer Singleton and they have one daughter, Maddison. Both, Matt and Jenn, are very active in CBC’s young adult and college ministries.
Sarah Thornbury joined Carrollwood Baptist’s staff November 2016 as the Director of Family Ministries. Sarah is originally from West Virginia where she attained a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree. She has been an active member at CBC since 2003. Sarah and Brian have three children, Grace, Hannah, and William. Sarah works with our children’s ministry along with the CBC Learning Center.
Pastor Daniel Puerto joined Carrollwood Baptist’s staff in April, 2017 as Pastor of CBC’s Spanish mission, Word of Life Baptist Church. Daniel, originally from Honduras, came to the United States in 2006. After Daniel was sovereignly saved, God called him into pastoral ministry. He studied at Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, Texas, and is currently studying for his Master of Divinity degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Daniel, and his beloved wife Claudia, married in 2011. They are the proud parents of Emma and Loikan.