Ken & Troylene Oates
Young Professionals || Sunday AM || Location: W2
Troylene and I have been members at WRBC for 38 years and have been on staff for 28 years (15 years as Youth Pastor, 2 years as Music Minister and 11 years as Pastoral Care Minister). Troylene keeps our two grandchildren, Emma Kate and Colby, Monday thru Friday. We have one daughter, Amanda, who teaches at Glenwood Elementary and is married to Matt Davis of Armuchee, who works for ART plumbing. Our “open” class ranges in age from 22-70 and is made up of singles and married couples.
Ben Culbertson/Kyle Carney
Newlyweds or Engaged || Sunday AM || W3
Open Group || Sunday AM || 30s-50s || Location: W4
My wife, Jill, and I have been married for 22 years and are blessed with three children: Melanie (“Mel” - 19), Joanna (“Jo” - 17), and Jacob (15). We've lived in Floyd County for 18 years and have been members of WRBC for the past seven years. I sing in the choir and also serve as a deacon. Jill serves in the youth and teaches the 10th grade girls class on Sunday mornings. Our family lives in Cave Spring and also owns a cattle farm. I teach 5th grade at Cave Spring Elementary School. Our small group currently meets in the choir room, on the 2nd floor of the main building. Our “open” class of singles and married couples ranges in age from 20s to 60s.
Doug and Marcia Slade
Couples || Sunday AM || 50s || Location: W5
Marcia and I have been members of West Rome Baptist Church since 1978. We moved to Rome from Athens, GA in June, 1978 when I graduated from law school. We feel the reason God moved us here was to become members of WRBC and raise our children in this church. We have been married for 42 years and have three married children, 7 grandchildren and another grandchild due in July. Marcia is the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Shorter University where she has worked for 28 years and I have been an attorney for 35 years. I have been teaching Bible studies at WRBC for approximately 28 years. Our growth group ranges in age from mid to late 40s through “young” 80s and we have singles, widows, and couples. I co-teach with Dom Pennacchio (see below). We consider our group to be a “family” and enjoy studying and learning God’s Word together each week.
Couples Group || Sunday AM || 30s-40s || Location: W6
My wife, Sherri, and I joined West Rome in 2006 and have been blessed with six children ranging in age from 6 to 26. Currently, we home school our three youngest children. I work in the payroll industry and Sherri works part time at Lowe’s. Our class ranges from late 20’s to mid 50’s, although we welcome any age. We enjoy the different perspectives that the age range gives us as we study God’s Word and do life together. We are a discussion based class and our goal is to seek to apply, in a practical way, God’s Word to our lives as Christ followers.
Open || Sunday AM || 20+ || W7
Men || Sunday AM || 50+ || Location: D103
Currently this class ranges in age from 30 to 80.
Women || Sunday AM || 50+ || D102
Open Group || Sunday PM || 20+ || Location: W6
My wife, Ramona, and I have been members of West Rome Baptist since 2003. Both of us are excited about pouring our lives into others, and helping others understand that God’s purpose for their lives is bigger than they could ever imagine. I met my bride of twenty-eight years while serving as a summer missionary in Columbus, GA. We have two children, Caleb and Kathryn, and two grandchildren. I have been on staff at WinShape Retreat, on Berry College’s mountain campus, since 2008. In our spare time, we enjoy working around the house, staying in shape, photography, reading, and serving in the church and our community. Our group ranges in age from 30s to 50s and is open to couples and singles. We meet at 5:00 PM on Sunday night.