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Russell Franklin – Pastor

Russell came to Hickory Grove Baptist Church on Easter Sunday, 2012. He is a long time resident of Clay County where he graduated from Middleburg High School. He earned his ministry degrees from The Baptist College of Florida, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he is currently pursuing certification in Biblical Counseling with The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

Russell has had the honor of serving in various ministry roles for over twenty years and he spent four years teaching in the Clay County school system.  He brings a high level of enthusiasm and passion to expository preaching and other areas of servant leadership. His sole purpose as pastor is to see the people of Green Cove Springs and beyond come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Russell is married to Cami and they have two children, Jarod and Anne.

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Tim McDaniel – Associate Pastor of Worship

Having served churches since 1974, Tim was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1980. He has been on staff at HGBC since 2002, where he served as Associate Pastor of Worship Ministries while his wife, Nikki, coordinates the Pure Joy Women’s Ministry.

Tim received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL; performed Masters of Church Music Degree work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA; and earned a Masters of Ministry Degree and Doctor of Ministry Degree from Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary, Jacksonville, FL.

Tim believes church music aids the growth of spiritual understanding and expression.  When one is redeemed, music becomes an expression of thanksgiving and praise rather than an experience of religious obligation or duty.  Worship shouldn’t just be a ritualistic practice rather an obvious demonstration of us becoming like Christ – the one we are worshipping.

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Bryan and Elizabeth Cyrus

Bryan Cyrus – Associate Pastor of Families

Bryan was born and raised in Middleburg where he graduated from Middleburg High School. Now Bryan and his wife, Elizabeth, live in the heart of Green Cove Springs. He earned his Associates at St. John’s River State College and is finishing up his Bachelor of Theology and Religion at Liberty University. 
Bryan has had the honor of serving at two other Clay County churches in the areas of children, preteen, and youth ministries. As family pastor, his heart is for parents to be the key disciplers of their children and for families to grow closer to God and to other families. Bryan believes the Gospel will not only change families at Hickory Grove, but also the families in Green Cove Springs.

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Carmen Hackworth – Financial Secretary

Carmen was raised in Colorado where her father was a Baptist Pastor. She was saved at the age of nine and was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Delta, Colorado. She attended Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas and continued her education in Florida, becoming a Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) in 1975. She worked for J-M Manufacturing Company for 32 years as the Plant Manager’s Secretary and Personnel Coordinator.

In 2006, after being retired for eight years, she came to work at Hickory Grove Baptist Church as the Financial Secretary. She enjoys serving the Lord in this job and feels everything we do in life should be a ministry that honors our Lord and Savior. She has served as pianist in several churches over the years and played the keyboard for the Journeymen Quartet for 10 years during the 1980’s. She is married to Roy and they are active in church ministry

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Nikki Stull- Administrative Assistant

Nikki was raised mostly in the Jacksonville area, but has lived in a variety of other places throughout the east coast and the south because her dad was in the Navy. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry Studies (Practical Ministry) from the Baptist College of Florida and is currently a student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary through their distance learning education program. Through the ministry of church administration, she is the first person you see when you walk in the church office and is ready to serve in a wide spectrum of needs for every ministry of the church.

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