Southeast Alabama Baptist Association Staff

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John Thomas, Mission Strategist 

John has been in full-time ministry for 30 years. His most recent ministry experience has been as the Associate Director of Missions for the Calhoun Baptist Association in North Alabama. 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, and Vacation Bible School.

His vision as Mission Strategist is for the Association to be a catalyst and

conduit to assist SABA churches for kingdom ministry.

 John’s life verse is Ephesians 4:12“to equip the saints for the work of ministry,

for building up the body of Christ,

In his off time, John enjoys technology, and anything adventurous. 

John and his wife Cindy, who serves as minister of preschool/children at First Baptist Dothan, have been married for 42+ years. They have three children and three grandchildren.

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Melanie Deal, Director of Ministry Center


Melanie assumed the role of Director of the SABA Ministry Center in October 2014. She came to the SABAMC in January 2004 as the Administrative Assistant/Assistant Director.


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.


Her favorite Bible passage is Romans 12:10-11 - "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord."


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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Judy Gay, Church Relations Specialist 

Judy serves as Church Relations Specialist and also the Administrative Assistant to the Mission Strategist.  Judy served from 2003-to 2006 and has been part of the SABA team again since 2012. One of her favorite areas of responsibility is to serve the ministry assistants, clerks, and the church. Her experience includes church financial ministry assistant, as well as school administrative assistant and bookkeeper. Judy has also served several officer positions in the Alabama Association of Baptist Secretaries (AABS) and the National Association of Ministry Assistants (NAMA). 

Judy feels a calling to her position, as she serves the churches of the SABA.  She believes the work of the Association is important and wants to be part of something that will make a Kingdom difference.


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.


One of her favorite verses is Colossians 3:23 - "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." In her time off, Judy enjoys sewing, quilting, rocking grandbabies, and spending time in the mountains.

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Lisa Daniels, Assistant Ministry Center Director 


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 feels that her call is in the areas of encouragement and service. Since she began working at the SABAMC, she has become so much more aware of the need for ministry in our everyday lives! Her favorite Bible verse is Nahum 1:7 - "The LORD is good, a stronghold in a day of distress; He cares for those who take refuge in Him."


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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Mallory Wiebold, Receptionist & Communications Assistant

Mallory joined SABA as the "token millennial" in January of 2018. Before coming to SABA, she worked as a daycare teacher. She is married to John Wiebold, and together they own four cats.

She came to know the Lord in high school and has always felt the pull to serve people for the Kingdom, ranging from teaching Sunday school for high school girls, serving as a track leader for WIRED Ministries, to volunteering for Vacation Bible School. 

Her favorite verse passage is Lamentations 3:22 - 23, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."

In her spare time, she loves to nerd out and plays all types of games with her husband, family & friends, reads, spends time with 12 nieces and nephews, and continues pursuing photography. 

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