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In 2008, as a highschooler, Jacob began attending Woodland along with his family. Shortly after, he joined as a member and served as a student intern helping with the youth program. He met his beautiful bride, Laura, while attending Western Carolina University; Jacob and Laura live in Clyde with their sons, Elijah Cash Massie and Charles Elliot Massie. Jacob has a passion for making disciples and proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to the world.
Nikki Jaynes Barker was born and raised in Waynesville, NC. Woodland Baptist has been her home church since birth attending with her family. She is the third generation in her family to attend and serve at Woodland. Nikki became a born-again Christian at 9 years old during a revival at Woodland and has been serving this community for many years. She graduated from Tuscola High School 1999 and Appalachian State University in 2003 with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and 2009 with a Master’s in Library Science. John and Nikki were married in 2009 and they have one daughter Rylee. Nikki has worked as a teacher at Riverbend Elementary School since 2003.
Nikki has served in the children’s ministry at Woodland Baptist since she was in high school in a variety of ways: Sunday School assistant/teacher, nursery worker, Youth leader, Children’s Church assistant/teacher, Mission Trip teacher/leader and VBS teacher and co-director. Nikki has recently begun to serve as a Co-director of Children’s Ministry where she can help lead and grow the children of Woodland Baptist and WNC. Nikki has a passion to see children learn and come to know Christ.
As Believers we have the ability to be apart of God's family and even more specifically a part of a local church family. Here at Woodland Baptist Church I have the wonderful privilege to be apart of this amazing church family. What a huge blessing and display of God’s grace to be called to be apart of Woodland Church family. Its been a joy so far and we are excited about what God will do in the future.
Being raised in a churched family and having the opportunity to be reared by a pastor I felt certain that I would never become a pastor myself. Little did I know that God wouldn't allow my heart to be settled until I answered that call. I attended a few colleges before I landed at Kennesaw State University where I graduated with a Communication degree in 2012. I graduated with my Masters of Arts in Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary in 2019. College and seminary taught me a lot through the years specifically dealing with ministry but another area of my life that has had a substantial impact on my call to ministry are the mentors God placed in my path and my wonderful wife.
I have always considered my father, Pastor Steve Frazier, to be one of my greatest mentors in life and in ministry. He has helped me understand the Bible and discern my calling to the ministry through my life starting from a young age. He is definitely my “go-to person” for questions that I have in life and in ministry. In 2013, after college, I began a Pastoral Mentorship with Pastor Jim Laird which gave me experience in working in ministry, clarity of where God wanted me to serve, and has been vast source of knowledge. I am ever so thankful for both of these men in my life that have helped and continue to help me give Godly wisdom in my life.
After my first year of college God guided me to another college, Brewton-Parker College, where I met an amazing lady after Gods heart and a person I could share my whole life with. Though it took a lot of convincing I finally persuaded Lydia to allow me to serve her as her husband. On November 17, 2012 we were married and God has allowed us to serve Him together “as one” on a great new adventure that has turned out to be pretty awesome love story (if you haven't heard our stories you should ask us). So far it is the two of us, our daughters Mabry, and Audry. God is always faithful and gracious, my life is living proof and I am here to serve Him no matter the cost.