Director of Missions
Rev. John S. Hamm
John began serving as our Director of Missions on August 1, 2007. He grew up in a Christian home in Marion, Virginia. He has been happily married to Susan Lorraine Lee, of Bristol, Virginia, since 1978. Susan has served as a church pianist and been very active in children’s ministry. During her career as an elementary school teacher she taught kindergarten and first grade.
John is a graduate of Emory and Henry College and earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served three SBC congregations throughout his 27 years of pastoral ministry in Virginia and North Carolina. His last pastorate was in Lumberton, N.C. where he served for 12 years. He also served as a volunteer jail and hospital chaplain, and he was on the staff of the Carolina Bible College in Fayetteville, N.C. for five years where he taught Pastoral Ministries and Church Leadership. He recently completed serving on the Baptist State Convention General Board which included serving on the Special Committee for Social Ministries which works with the Baptist Children's Homes, the NC Baptist Aging Ministry and Baptist Hospital.
He is available to present a variety of church leadership, seminars and training events for local churches. Check the DOM TOOLBOX for a list. He is a member of the Baptist State Convention Transformational Church Consultant team, and an Intentionally Evangelistic Church Strategy Equipper. He also has specialized training in the areas of Church Planting, Congregational Health and Church Conflict.
Throughout his ministry, John has been actively involved in association work and served in many leadership positions. He has led and participated in multiple volunteer mission trips which have included projects in West Virginia, Kentucky, Romania, and Ukraine.
The primary burden of John's life is the spiritual condition of the 150,000+ people living within the boundaries of the NRBA. Most do not know Christ as Savior and do not follow Him as Lord of their lives. John also has a love for the local church and for those who know and serve the Lord Jesus. It is his desire to see the association involved in a relevant ministry of church planting and strengthening existing churches as they share Jesus in their communities and around the world.
In his free time, John enjoys doing handyman projects around the house, gardening, travel, and reading military history.
Debbie Williams began her ministry with the North Roanoke Baptist Association as the Secretary/Clerk on January 3, 2008. She's the wife of Allen, pastor of Salem Baptist and the mother of 3 daughters, Rainey, Rebekah and Rachel. She loves being a pastor's wife and the mother to her daughters while also engaging in reading, singing, working with the computer and taking care of people.
She is originally from Roanoke, Virginia and holds a Bachelors of Science from Radford University. Debbie and Allen were married in 1995 in Richmond, Virginia. They came to North Carolina for Allen to get his Masters of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.
She was the secretary at Union Missionary Baptist Church from May, 2001 until December, 2007. She served on the association's Personnel Committee from October 2001 - August 2007. Prior to ministry positions, she was in the corporate world at Brodie Contracting, BB&T, Security Federal S&L and the Kroger Company.