Associational Leadership

John Thomas

Mission Strategist

John has been in full-time ministry for over 30 years. he previously served as Associate Director of Missions for the Calhoun Baptist Association. John has a passion for missions, outreach, and teaching. He has served a number of years as a facilitator/trainer in the areas of Sunday School, Family Ministries, Senior Adults, Vacation Bible School And Disaster Relief. 
John and his wife Cindy, who serves as minister of preschool/children at First Baptist Dothan, have been married for 47 years. They have three children and three grandchildren.
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Judy Gay 

Church Relations Specialist

Judy Gay serves as the Church Relations Specialist for Southeast Alabama Baptist Association (SABA Churches). She has been a part of the SABA team for 14 years, and has a heart and calling to serve, equip and encourage the local church and her leaders. Judy has also served several officer positions in the Alabama Association of Baptist Secretaries (AABS) and the National Association of Ministry Assistants (NAMA).

She is married to Tim, and they have served in music ministry together for over 30 years in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. They have two grown children that most importantly made Tim and Judy grandparents to three granddaughters and two grandsons. In her time off, Judy enjoys spending time with her family, sewing, quilting, and enjoying quiet time in the mountains and at the beach.

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Melanie Deal

Director of the Ministry Center

Melanie assumed the role of Director of the SABA Ministry Center in October 2014. She came to the SABAMC in January 2004.
Melanie surrendered her life to full-time ministry service in 1994 and has never doubted that call on her life. She is a graduate of Baptist College of Florida. Some of her ministry experience includes being Site Director for M-Fuge for six years, as well as part-time youth minister at churches in Alabama and Tennessee.
Melanie loves being a wife to John, and a mom to John Parker and Danielle. In her spare time, she enjoys hunting, fishing, decorating cakes, and NASCAR.
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Lisa Daniels

Assistant Director of the Ministry Center

Lisa joined the SABA Ministry Center in March of 2014. Before that, she served as a part-time Ministry Assistant at Cloverdale Baptist Church in Dothan for seven years. She is also a former officer for the Alabama Association of Baptist Secretaries (AABS).
Lisa is an avid Florida State Seminole fan. She also drives a school bus for Rehobeth Schools. One of her favorite things to collect is old/antique hymnals. She is married to Harry, and they have two children, Matt and Breanna.
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