As the Liberty family, we are “One Church, All People” who seek to “be” the church God has called and gifted us to be. We are a body that strives to be a church that embodies Acts 2:42-47. We desire to honor our God by being faithful to His Word in every area of ministry God has entrusted to us.


Here at Liberty, you can expect to meet new friends and develop lasting relationships. Also, you will experience fun, meaningful, and safe adventures for your children and discover ways to make your life count.


Pastor James is a Panama City, Fl. native who has developed a heart for discipleship and connecting the community to the local church. His mission is to intentionally impact people’s lives with the Gospel and lead them to become passionate, fully engaged, transformational followers of Jesus. James is married to his gorgeous wife, Chantel. Together, they are stewarding four sons: Caleb, Israel, Joel, and Timothy. In recognizing God’s sovereign will, they also have one child, Jamie, who is in the presence of the risen King.


Prior to Liberty, James served six years as the Education and Discipleship Pastor at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Dothan, AL. He also served as an Adjunct Instructor at Kingdom College in Headland, AL, and as a Youth Pastor for seven years at Family of God Baptist Church in Panama City, FL. James received his Bachelor's and Master’s degrees from The Baptist University of Florida. He is currently pursuing a DMin from Luther Rice College and Seminary.


James loves his family and seeks to honor God while leading them.

James Oney


Max Mathis

Senior Associate Minister & Minister to Students

Max has a tremendous love for students and a deep desire to see them grow in the Lord. He has been on staff at Liberty since 2015 and is very engaged with the students at Liberty. Max graduated from Luther Rice Seminary in 2016 with a Masters in Christian Studies. He and his wife Sarah have five children and four grandchildren.

Steve Cox

Minister of Media & Communications 

Steve and his wife, Celia, have been in ministry all of their adult lives, serving primarily as worship leaders and in pastoral positions.  Throughout the years, Steve also developed a passion for all things media, working in radio and developing skills in sound and audio production, graphics, photography, and video.  With three adult children, four grandchildren, and a couple of great-grandkids, Steve’s life is all about ministry and family!

Norma Cline

Director of Children's Ministry

Norma has a love and passion for working with children and teaching them how much God loves them. She has experience as a Youth Director who desires every child to believe and understand that they are a precious gift from God. One of her favorite scriptures is Psalm 127:3 “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” Norma is a graduate of Southern Crescent Technical College in Business Technology and Business Administration. She is married to Dr. Frank Amaro, Jr., and the mother of Caleb, Joshua, and Christian.

Lanae Ginyard

Preschool & Children's Ministry Associate

Lanae has a passion for children and art. She has served as a Family Care Leader, Preschool Teacher, and Mentor for over 5 years.

She wants to help impact the lives of children and help them form their own personal relationship with God through scripture, biblical art, and fun. Lanae has also had her own Pet Care Business for over 8 years; she loves the fur kids, too. She is currently serving and teaching at Liberty in the Children’s Ministry. She is married to Aaron Ginyard, who is a great support and helps her with Children’s Church. Lanae has one son (fur child), a cat named Tater. She also seeks God for guidance as she guides children to seek and experience Christ. 

Train up a child in the way he should go; when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

Sandra Smith

Director of Small Group Ministries

Sandra has committed her adult life to serving God by studying and meditating on His Word as well as teaching and leading in various Sunday School ministries.   Since joining Liberty in 2017, she has sought her place in ministry and service and is humbled to join the members currently teaching/serving at Liberty to follow Christ as we take the Small Groups Ministries to the next level.

Jackie Merkison

Business Manager

Jackie and her family have been members of the Liberty family since 1973. She joined the staff as Financial Assistant in 1977 after voluntarily serving in that position for two years.  Jackie also teaches a Ladies small group bible study class where her love for God’s Word is evident.  She received her certification in business administration from Brunswick Junior College. Jackie and her husband, Donald, have two sons, Devin and Landry,  and two grandsons.

Celia Cox

Administrative Assistant & Accompanist

Celia was blessed to become part of the Liberty staff in 2014 as pianist, then in February 2021 she began as part-time administrative assistant.  She and her husband, Steve, have been in ministry all of their adult lives serving in various roles.  It is a joy for them to be able to serve in ministry together at Liberty.    

Drica Roberts-Denmark


Drica joined the Liberty Worship Ministry staff in 2007 as a keyboardist. She is a graduate of Clayton State and Georgia State Universities. She loves to read, sing and spend time with her husband Wally.

Tammy Shannon


Tammy joined Liberty in 2007 and has a great love for people - especially children. Her servant’s heart leads her to help the homeless, elderly, and less fortunate. People love her witty sense of humor. She humbly desires to be a life servant and disciple for Christ. Tammy has one son, Casey, and he is her very best friend.


Our mission is to position people to Encounter God, Grow in Truth, and Serve People Through Purpose so that they can make a godly impact in our community and beyond.

Encounter God

We believe we are not only to encounter our God through worship, we are also to invite those who have not yet trusted Christ as their Savior to encounter God as well.

Grow in Truth

We believe growth is essential for every Believer. Anyone committing their life to follow Jesus should also commit themselves to a small group Bible study designed to help them grow in their faith. Most of our small group Bible study classes meet at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings.

Serve People

We believe that once Believers encounter God and grow in truth, they are to connect people to God's mission and purpose by serving people on purpose. God created you with a spiritual purpose, and Liberty will help you fulfill that personal and corporate mission.




The Liberty Center


The Liberty Center will be one portion of our Kingdom Mission to put people in a position to experience the freedom, beauty, and redemptive work of God. It will be community center for all the communities surrounding our Liberty campus.


Community Activities


As part of our Kingdom Mission, we are planning to expand our Bread of Life Ministry by making some updates to our current facility. Our Bread of Life Ministry provides food to those who are food insecure and in need of healthy, nutritious meals. We plan to develop Lake Liberty Park behind our building and foster recreational activities such as sports, training, and mentorship programs.


Additionally, we plan to expand other major Liberty community engagement ministries such as our Grief Share ministry and Celebrate Recovery.




Phase One: Worship Center, children's wing, and lobby

Phase Two: Offices, Fellowship Hall, and kitchen




ATRM: Special Ladies Ministry in Kenya

Colorado: Partnership with Church Plant



Passion for the presence of God


"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

Matthew 6:33


God is sovereign & His Word is truth


"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."

2 Timothy 3:16-17



Equipping Christians for life & service


"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 6:23


Fundamental for a healthy Christian life


"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

Philippians 4:6


Sharing Jesus with every person, every ethnicity, and every nation

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[a] nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

Galatians 3:28


The Baptist Faith and Message summarizes our major Bible beliefs as a church. The topics here provide only a partial summary.


The Scriptures

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.



There is one and only one living and true God. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.


The Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.


The Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.


The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.



Man is the special creation of God, in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.



Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification.


God's Purpose of Grace

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.


The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. Liberty operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. Each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.


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