Staff

Staff

Introducing the Staff of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

Senior Pastor

Andy Oliver

Andy Oliver has been pastor of Poplar Springs since April 17, 2011.  Before coming to Poplar Springs he had the privilege of serving these wonderful congregations:             1980-1981 Minister of Church Activities at First Baptist Church Hildebran, NC             1985 -1992 Minister of Youth at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in King, NC             1992-2002 Minister of Youth at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Shelby, NC             2002-2011 Pastor of Sandy Run Baptist Church in Mooresboro, NC Andy's wife is Kim Hodges…
Minister of Music

Katherine Asis

Katherine Asis has been the minister of music and music education at Poplar Springs since October 2012.  Originally from Lenoir, NC, Katherine received her Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music from Appalachian State University.  She began working in music ministry in 2006 in Gastonia, NC and received her Master of Divinity degree from Gardner-Webb University in 2010.  Her passion is introducing others to the truths of God through music and leading God’s people into authentic worship.  Katherine is married…
Minister Children & Youth
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Nicole Hamrick

Nicole Hamrick grew up at Poplar Springs has been serving as the Minister of Children and Youth here since June 2017.  Nicole studied at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a degree in Mathematics, a 9-12 licensure to teach, and a minor in Spanish.  She taught high school mathematics for 5 years before heading to graduate school at Gardner-Webb University where she received her Master of Divinity degree in 2016 with a concentration in Intercultural Studies. Nicole loves…
Pianist
Gailya

Gailya Hamrick

Gailya Hamrick became an accompanist for Poplar Springs Worship Services in June, 1968 at the age of twelve. She has played both the piano and organ at regular worship services, special services, weddings and other events, but her passion is piano. Gailya enjoys accompanying the choir and congregation as together they strive to make a ‘joyful noise’ in praise to God. Gailya and her husband, John have 3 children ( 1 son and 2 daughters) and 4 grandchildren (2 grandsons…
Office Manager

Vickie Elliott

Vickie Elliott joined the Poplar Springs staff as Office Manager in October of 2009. A graduate of North Mecklenburg High School, Vickie also attended Cleveland Community College. Prior to beginning her service at Poplar Springs, Vickie worked for Porter Brothers as a Customer Service Representative and for North Carolina Farm Bureau. Vickie is married to husband Brett and has one son, Ryan who is an Environmental Scientist for TGS Engineers in Raleigh.
Custodian

Curly Kale

Curly Kale joined the Poplar Springs staff in September of 2007 as Church Custodian. Before coming to work for the church, Curly started his working career as a paper boy and then a grocery store attendant. He worked for 21 years at Fiber Industries and moved into management at Doran Textiles for 14 years. Curly also worked at Reliance Electric (Baldor), Universal Disc Company and the Shelby Star before retiring. Curly is married to Kay Jones Kale, and together they…
Custodian

Ronnie Kale

Ronnie Kale has served as a Custodian at Poplar Springs Baptist Church since 2009. He has been a member of PSBC since 1970 where he served as Deacon from 1982 to 1984. After serving in the United States Navy, Ronnie worked at Harris Teeter where he retired as Store Manager. He is a graduate of Fallston High School and attended Cleveland Community College. Ronnie's wife, Barbara Bridges Kale is a life-long member of Poplar Springs. Together they have 4 children…
Host

Hugh Bess

Hugh Bess has been a lifelong member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. In 2008, Hugh joined the church staff as the Host. In this part time role, Hugh is responsible for taking care of activities related to the Family Life Center Kitchen and for planning and implementing the Wednesday Night Meals. Hugh is married to Carolyn, and together they have two adult sons.