Pastoral Staff

staff_tom.jpgThomas Bary
Tom received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He received a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling and a Doctor of Ministry in Evangelism and Church Growth from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was the Associate Pastor and Minister of Youth at Neptune Baptist Church in Neptune Beach, Florida for 12 years and the Minister with Single Adults at Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, Tennessee before coming back to Neptune Baptist Church as the pastor in the fall of 1996. He and his wife Karen have four children, a son and three daughters.

staff_shelly.jpgShelly Brown
Minister with Preschool & Children
Shelly worked for many years in the dental field. She worked on staff at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville for 19 years. Her last position in the Preschool Ministry was as Weekday Director for the church. In 2008, while on a mission trip to Spain, God called Shelly to move outside her comfort zone and take a step into a broader ministry. Later in 2008, she joined the staff of Neptune Baptist Church. Shelly met her future husband, Mike, when they were both in the youth group at First Baptist. After dating for five years, Shelly and Mike were married. Mike owns and operates Mike Brown Plumbing Company, Inc. Mike and Shelly have three boys.
staff_tanya.jpgTanya McAvoy
Minister of Evangelism and Education

After getting a BA in psychology from the University of North Florida, Tanya attended Southwestern Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Divinity degree. She has been the Minister to Students at Amelia Island Baptist in Fernandina Beach, Celebration Baptist Church in Yulee, Florida and St. John's Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Florida. She was on staff with Centrifuge for a few summers and was a Ministry Multiplier for Lifeway Christian Resources. She is a popular Women's ministry speaker and is an aspiring author. Tanya has been in ministry for 20 years. The last 13 have been here at NBC. She was the Minister to Students before becoming the Minister of Education and Evangelism. She and her husband Ryan have three children.

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Ethan Scott
Minister with Students

Ethan received a BA in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Ethan met his wife Lauren at Moody and they married in 2015. Prior to Neptune, Ethan and Lauren served at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia where Ethan was the minister to children, youth, and college students. It is Ethan’s desire to see students and families radically following Christ and transforming the world by boldly proclaiming the Gospel. Ethan and Lauren have a son, Evan and a daughter, Summer. 


staff_alan.jpgAlan Walker
Minister of Music and Worship

Alan has been in full time Music Ministry since 1998.  Before that, he grew up on the international mission field in Africa and the Caribbean as the son of missionary church planters, Fred and Betty Walker.  He received a B.A. in Communications from Jacksonville University and worked for seven years as a video producer for the Florida Baptist Convention.  He was ordained into the ministry at San Jose Baptist Church in 2000 and served as Minister of Music & Worship there until joining the staff at Neptune Baptist Church in 2004.  Alan and his wife Amy have a son and a daughter.

Victor Reyes
Pastor Inglesia Bautista Neptune

Administrative Staff

Nels Gyland
Business Administrator

Nels was born and raised in Jacksonville, qualifying him for "native status". He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He worked for AT&T for 23 years and was early retired. Nels has been on staff as the business administrator here at Neptune for the past 10 years. He and his wife have 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter.

Anna Summers
W.E.E. School Director
Hugh Stephens
Financial Administrator

Ministry Assistants

 Christine Hammock
Ministry Assistant
(Pastor, Church and Life Group Membership)

Carole Shea
Communications and Worship Arts Coordinator

Mary Stritch
Ministry Assistant

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