Canaan Baptist Church in Covington, GA

Pastoral Assistants


Buddy Himes

Buddy Himes was born in Conyers, GA. In February of 1996, as a young boy attending Canaan Baptist with his family, Buddy recognized his need for salvation and called upon the Lord after an evening service.

At the age of 13, Buddy was privileged to work at Living Springs Camp, and it was there that God gave him a burden for souls. He surrendered to preach at the end of that summer. In 2006, Buddy was led to attend Heartland Baptist Bible College, where he graduated from with a Degree in Biblical Studies. It was there, as a freshman, that he met his beautiful wife Hallie, and they were married in June of 2009.

In 2010, the Himes moved back to Hallie's home state of Indiana, where they served as assistant director of the youth center for Good News Ministries in downtown Indianapolis. During their time there, God used them to teach and preach the Gospel to many troubled inner city children. One year later, Buddy and Hallie were led to begin a full time internship at their home church, Lighthouse Baptist Church in Indianapolis. Under the leadership of Pastor Dan Tidd, they were able to work in the music ministry, youth ministry, children's ministry, bus ministry, and worked their last year with the young singles. God used that time greatly in their life to prepare them to do the work He has called them to do. They served on staff at Lighthouse for four years. Buddy and Hallie are blessed with three children: Jackson (2011), Peter (2012), and Charlotte (2014).
The Himes came on staff of Canaan Baptist in April of 2015.

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Brendan Cherry

Brendan was born and raised in Maryland. When he was 14 years old, he got saved at Granite Baptist Church in Glen Burnie, MD. During his freshman year of college, God called Brendan to full-time Christian service. He surrendered to that call and enrolled at West Coast Baptist College the following spring. After graduation in 2011, Brendan went on staff at Granite Baptist Church for two years where he taught in the High School and led the Children’s ministries. In 2013, he followed the Lord’s leading and moved to Covington to serve at Harmony Baptist Church.

April grew up in Southern California. She was saved at the age of 7 at Liberty Baptist Church in Newport Beach, CA. After completing high school, she attended West Coast Baptist College. April graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education.

Brendan and April met in the summer of 2012 when April was serving on a Jewish Outreach Team based out of Brendan’s home church. They were married February 1st 2014 in Newport Beach, CA. They are expecting the newest member of their family to be born in October later this year!  The Cherrys came on staff at Canaan Baptist Church in March of 2015.

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Joshua Johnson


Bro. Johnson was born and raised in a Christian home in Casper, WY. When he was ten, his family moved to Cleveland, TN where they lived for five years. While Joshua was living in Cleveland, he trusted Christ as his Savior. He was saved at the age of fifteen. His family moved back to Casper, where God called him to preach and he surrendered on September 13, 2009. Bro. Johnson attended West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, CA and graduated in May of 2014. He has been blessed tho have had the opportunity to serve in Dr. Tom Farrell’s Advanced Ministry Training program as an intern from May  2014 to April 2015. Joshua is passionate about Jesus, preaching, and coffee.

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Canaan Baptist Church Covington GA

5581 Salem Rd. • Covington, GA 30016 • 770.786.8885