Joe Payton

Joe Payton

pastorjoep@rbbc.net

Lead Pastor

I was born and raised in Newnan, GA, just south of Atlanta. I met my wife, Courtney, at Newnan High School in 1995. We jumped into life together and had our 2 boys, Andrew and Judson, by the time I was in my early 20’s. We celebrate 21 years together this year. While I grew up serving in the church and holding some part-time leadership positions, in 2008 God lit a fire in my soul to go after the next generation full-time. My family transitioned from the corporate world into ministry life, and we’ve never looked back. I’ve been blessed to serve on different teams in various cities throughout Georgia over the past 10 years – Student Pastor at Sargent Baptist Church in Sargent, Pastor for Students & Worship at Curtis Baptist Church in Augusta, and most recently as Student Pastor and Campus Pastor (211 Campus) at Bethlehem Church in Bethlehem.

In each position, my passion has remained the same: to lead people to discover new life in Jesus Christ. I’m more confident now than ever that reaching the next generation – kids, students, young families – is non-negotiable and that the local church is, by design, the movement of people through which God will transform lives and communities. We remain committed to loving Jesus, loving people and living life on purpose.