About us

Our mission is to Reach, Redeem, and Restore every man, woman, and child so that they may know and experience a personal relationship with God.  Together we grow in faith to become mature followers of Christ and to make disciples of Christ.

We are a Southern Baptist Church and we adhere to the Baptist Faith and Message.
We Are a Purpose Driven Church.  We know that God has a purpose for every individual and we are driven by the vision to help everyone discover God’s purpose for their life. 

We worship in a casual setting with a wide variety of clothing attire, from shorts and jeans to suits and dresses.  
Our musical worship is led by a praise band with modern instruments, and our praise singers lead us in a combination of songs from Christian radio, church song writers, hymns and choruses.  Rather than focusing on the style of music, we focus on the object of our worship, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Team

Tom Brown

Senior Pastor

Tom Brown has been the Senior Pastor at James Island Baptist Church since September 15, 1985. He is a Charleston, South Carolina native. Tom is married to Janie Hines Brown, his high school sweetheart. They have 3 children - Bryon, Brook, and Erin - and 8 grandchildren: Avery, Noah, Brooklynn, Jayce, Bailey, Beck, Micah, and Wyatt. Tom's journey as a follower of Jesus started at 15. When he turned 17 he felt his call into full time vocational ministry. Tom graduated from Charleston Southern University, back when it was called "Baptist College of Charleston" and earned his Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

David Martin

Worship Pastor

David Martin is the worship pastor at James Island Baptist Church. David has experience in full-time worship ministry, dating back to 1998 at churches in Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. He holds music degrees from Baylor University and Illinois State University. His ministry journey began after a mission trip to Chicago during his high school years, which led him to pursue a calling in ministry. As a student, David David made a profession of faith in Jesus while at his home church in Marietta, Georgia. David is married to Sandy and they have three grown children, David Jr., Shelley and Anna.

Kyle Hooss

Associate Pastor

Kyle Hooss is the Associate Pastor at James Island Baptist. Kyle and his wife Melissa enjoy serving together in marriage ministry and spending time outdoors with friends and family. They have twin daughters: River and Ember. Kyle committed his life to Christ at a Billy Graham crusade in 1996 and grew stronger in his faith through domestic and international missions as a youth and college student. He graduated from North Greenville University in 2011 and Clinical Pastoral Education Level 1 in 2013. Kyle holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2015) and a Master of Business Administration from Liberty University (2020). He brings diverse experience from over 10 years in the business world and serving in bi-vocational ministry. Kyle loves connecting with others and fostering lifelong relationships.

Logan Duvall

Youth Pastor

Logan Duvall is the passionate Youth Pastor at James Island Baptist Church. With experience in various local churches and a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies, Logan excels in preaching and simplifying complex biblical concepts for teenagers. Raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Logan felt called to ministry during a youth camp in high school. Logan's wife, Lily, shares his passion for youth ministry. Through his exceptional communication skills and genuine care for young people, Logan aims to create a lasting impact on their lives.

Kat Cumberledge

Children's Director

Kat Cumberledge is the Children's Ministry Director at James Island Baptist Church. With a background in elementary education and experience as a dedicated teacher, Kat brings a wealth of knowledge and a nurturing approach to her role. Her involvement as a Sunday school teacher, youth volunteer, and mother of four has further shaped her understanding of children's needs. Kat felt a strong calling to ministry, leading her to her current position. Originally from Charleston, WV, she has embraced the South Carolina community since 2013. Outside of work, Kat enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and their pet. She is grateful for the opportunity to support families on their spiritual journeys at James Island Baptist Church.

Joanne Brown

Children's Outreach Director

Joanne Brown has been the Children's Outreach Director at James Island Baptist Church since 2017. She holds an undergraduate degree in early childhood education and a Master's in Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Joanne's calling into ministry occurred in 2005 after volunteering in VBS, leading her to serve in various children's programs and activities at her church. Originally from England, she has lived in several states across the US and has been actively involved in churches all over North and South Carolina, but she is glad to be back in Charleston doing what she loves, children's outreach. 

Laura Holmes

Riverland Terrace
Day School Director

Laura Holmes has been Day School Director at James Island Baptist Church since 2019. With a background of 10 years as a Property Manager and 8 years assisting in a church nursery, she brings valuable experience to her role. Laura holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from The Citadel. After her daughter Olivia was born, she felt called to spend more time with her, leading her to join the Day School. Laura's journey has been marked by her Christian upbringing, and she found her church home at James Island Baptist Church with her husband Matt, where she was baptized on Easter Sunday 2016.

David Martin, Jr.

Creative Strategist

David Martin, Jr. joined the staff at JIBC in the spring of 2022 as the creative consultant for media and worship.  David hold an undergraduate degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Arizona State University and his ministry experience includes traveling two years with Life Action Ministry and two years on a church staff as a media director.  He made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as a student and is passionate about using his media skills to further the gospel.  

Neale Young

Office Manager

Neale Young has been the Office Manager at James Island Baptist Church since 1997. She has previous experience in IT, having worked as an Administrative Assistant and Computer Programmer in a large insurance company. Neale was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has been living in SC since 1973. She attended the College of Charleston and Trident Tech, studying computer science. Neale's calling into ministry began when she started volunteering in the church office, eventually leading to her current position. She has been married to Darryl since 2003 and they have two pets named Scamp and Abby. Neale accepted the Lord at the age of 7 and was raised in a Christian home.