Carla and her husband, Clyde joined Central in 1986 with their two young children, Daniel and Andrew. They began very quickly to lead MasterLife classes and Carla accepted the volunteer position of Discipleship Coordinator. After a three-year period in Florence SC, where Carla served as Minister of Education at Mizpah Baptist Church, the family returned to Johnson City and to Central. In 1998, Carla became the Children’s Minister at Central and served in that capacity for 16 years, before moving to her current role, as Pastor of Faith Formation. Carla has a BS degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Carson-Newman College and 2 years of Seminary Extension Training through the Holston Baptist Convention. She has also in recent years, become Board Certified as a Christian Life Coach. As empty nesters, she and Clyde are enjoying relationships with family and friends, lake living, bicycling, and cheering on various football teams. From very early in life, Carla has had a heart for discipleship and enjoys seeing people grow in their faith walk. Her life goal comes from Ephesians 4:1 “to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” so God would be glorified and people would be drawn to faith in Jesus Christ.