Senior Pastor

Jeff Dravenstott

Jeff Dravenstott has been serving as the senior pastor of Midway Baptist Church since April 2005. Pastor Jeff was born and raised in Ashland, Ohio. At the age of eighteen, he joined the Army and spent the next 19.5 years serving the government around the world. With 19.5 years of military and federal service, God called Pastor Jeff into full-time ministry. He wrestled with completing 20 years but felt God calling him out immediately. Pastor Jeff left within the month and has never regretted a moment.

Pastor Jeff was saved at the age of 30 under the ministry of Pastor Walter Lee Hodges of Grace Baptist Church, Columbus, Georgia in 1987. He felt at the time of his salvation that God gave him the gift of evangelism. For the next 10 years, he served on the evangelism team and as a Sunday School Teacher. He went on to become an Associate Pastor and then planted a church called New Hope Baptist Church in the North Highland community of Columbus.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and a Master of Arts in Practical Ministries from Beacon University. He then went on to Luther Rice University and graduated with a Master of Divinity.

Pastor Jeff has been married to Chris for the past 28 years. Chris is an English teacher at a high school for the Muscogee County School System in Columbus, GA.  Their son, Samuel, is working as a teller with a Columbus Bank and working on his bachelor's degree in Finance.  Melanie, their daughter, is married to Steven Gouine and is teaching fourth grade at a Muscogee County Elementary School.  Steven and Melanie serve as our Youth Directors.

Chris serves as director of the church's WMU and is a Sunday School Teacher.

Pastor Jeff loves to run, spend time in the mountains, and read anything related to church ministry and evangelism.

Associate Pastor - Worship Leader - Music Director - Evangelism Director

Jon Lewis

Pastor Jon was born and raised in a Christian home in Central Kentucky.  He was saved and baptized in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Subsequently, he rededicated his life in 1997.  He is a graduate of Luther Rice University.

He and his wife Liza have one daughter and one son. They serve as Care Team Leaders.

Jon serves as Associate Pastor and Praise/Worship Leader (music director) and serves on the Leadership Committee Church Council of Midway Baptist Church and Team B Leadership Team (with Liza). Pastor Jon is currently teaching a Sunday School Class on Revelation.

He also ministers weekly at Promised Land Ministries and has since the community outreach was launched June 1, 2013.

Beginning March 7, 2014 he will begin a weekly teaching series on Fridays on "God's Financial Plan - Understanding Financial Bondage and How to be Set Free." This series is open to anyone desiring to know more about God's Word in these areas. A free hot meal will be served at 11 a.m. The study begins at 11:30 and those desiring or needing groceries will receive them at the conclusion of study.

Liza serves as Children's Director at Midway and works to inspire children both in Sunday School and Awana.

Youth Directors- Asst Puppet Director

Steve and Melanie Gouine

Steven and Melanie Gouine were married December 2010. Steven had an eight year military career in the Army and has done two tours overseas. He now works for Buffalo Rock Distributing Company. He has a 11 year old son named Christian. Christian loves basketball, football and video games. Steven & Melanie also became parents to a new addition t the family, to a baby girl-Chloe, who is now a year old and growing always. Melanie is a 4th grade teacher at a Columbus  Elementary School. She also serves in the Praise Team at Midway and has a love for music.

Steven and Melanie are the youth leaders at Midway and have a passion for ministering to our young people. They are also on the Team A Leadership Team at Midway and serve at Promised Land Ministries on Saturdays.

Head Deacon

Steve Landon




Praise The Lord!! Praise The Lord!! God keeps on Blessing!

The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful wife, Angie, and three beautiful kids. One of which is married and is now starting a family of her own. As I continue to serve the Lord my days have been filled with joy and peace.

Growing up was a challenge, however; God saw fit for me and my family to have a life that’s pleasing to him.

In November 1999, I gave my life to Christ as an adult fully understanding what it meant to serve the Lord.  I had a near death car accident in 2001 that caused paralysis to the left side of my body and 10% brain damage.  Thank the Lord I'm not paralyzed anymore.

In October 2006, our oldest daughter was diagnosed with cancer at age 14.  She went through several treatments of radiation and chemotherapy.  It was rough for her and the family.  Fortunately our church family was very loving and supportive. I am so proud to say that she is the child who is now being blessed to start a family of her own.


I still have struggles that I deal with sometimes daily but I know where my strength and joy comes from...the Lord!


Note: Steven and his wife Angie serve as part of Midway's Care Team Leadership and serve the church in so many other areas of ministry and are a blessing to all.



Deacon-Grounds Chairman

Michael Lewis

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Promised Land Ministries Director-Deacon

Larry Davis

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Larry Davis has served twice as a pastor in ministry. He has served Midway Baptist Church in many capacities over the years including Head Deacon. He teaches Adult Sunday School Class and serves as minister for Praise Factory, a monthly ministry to children of the church. He also serves as one of the weekly speakers for devotions as part of Promised Land Ministries, a community outreach of Midway Baptist Church. He is a part of our church Leadership Team. He has worked with many other areas of ministry in the church over the years.

Larry has a passion for the gospel, for people, for children, for the lost and for all things of God. He loves his gospel music and blesses others with it often via his preaching ministry.

Brother Larry has had many health and personal issues but remains a trooper for Jesus. Here is what he said about it all, "God has been so good to me. In August of 2010 I was admitted to the hospital in very serious condition. My kidneys failed and I have been on dialysis since. The many prayers and visits from the church family at Midway were my survival. Through them I fully realized the goodness of God and His people."

Children's Director

Liza Lewis

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Liza and  husband, Jon Lewis, are from a small town in Central Kentucky.  They went to the same schools growing up, dated in high school and married right after college.  When they started dating, Liza also started going to church with him and after lengthy talks about Christ and learning more of who He was, she chose to give her life to Him and be baptized in September 1992.  The young couple came to Columbus in 1998 and now have a grown son whom the Lord gave them a few years ago, a eleven year old daughter, and a young granddaughter and grandson.

Liza previously served as Awana Director and now serves as Children's Director for Midway Baptist Church. She spends much of her time volunteering to cook and serve for Promised Land Ministries, a community outreach of the church.

She is truly an inspiration to so many bringing Christ, hope, love and encouragement to all she comes in contact with.  She has a true passion and gift for working with children.

Awana Commander

Jason Ingram


Angela Shenton

Administrative Assistant

Regina Burkerwicz

Regina "Reggy" Buklerewicz serves the Pastor and Leadership of Midway Baptist Church in so many ways to keep God's House running smoothly. She previously served as director of Promised Land Ministries Food Pantry, Clothing Bank, and showering program and helped the Pastor and Church to establish this exciting new community outreach until God could send others to help in the administration.

She assists not only in the day to day operation of the office but in visitation and outreach. She has her own personal ministry regarding gift baskets for the hospitalized and shut-in.

Reggy is a retired (1994) civil service worker who loves doing ministry. She worked for 28 years at an army installation. She was born in Massachusetts to a family of seven. She moved to Alabama in 2002 as a first time homeowner. She has two calico cats named Patches (mother) and Jigsaw (daughter). She has one older sister and three younger brothers. Her parents are deceased.

Reggy was saved and baptized at Midway Baptist Church and now has another family and friends that truly love her. She is such an asset to the Pastor, leadership and entire church and willing to help anyone.

   March 2019   
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