Meet Our Staff



Dr. Brian James has a deep dedication to the teaching and preaching of God’s Word. His philosophy of ministry centers on a sincere personal love for Jesus Christ. He holds to the conviction that all ministry should come out of the overflow of a growing personal walk with Jesus Christ. Brian and his wife, Paula, were both born in Habersham County, Georgia. They have four daughters: Morgan, Aubrey, Annabelle and Aedyn.

Brian has dedicated his life to growing in both faith and knowledge. He obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.S.A.) from the University of Georgia and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Brenau University. Following God’s call, he obtained a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry/DMin in Expository Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Brian has made a commitment to impact this community for Christ. He believes that ministry must extend beyond the walls of the church. “I believe that God’s people are called to minister and do evangelism in all areas of the community from children to students to adults to senior adults.” Brian also instils in his congregation the desire to take the gospel, not only to our community, but to the ends of the earth.

Brian and his family encourage you to join us at Level Grove Baptist Church as we seek to build disciples of Christ.

Aaron andreotta

Aaron Andreotta is the student pastor at Level Grove Baptist Church. His passion is to see students connect with God, grow in relationship with Christ, and multiply the gospel across the world. Aaron is married to Hannah and they have 1 child together, a son named Jones. God called Aaron, Hannah, and Jones to Level Grove in June of 2017 from western North Carolina.

Aaron grew up going to church every week, but did not enter into a relationship with Jesus until he was 18. He was called to ministry quickly thereafter and began working in a church. Aaron and Hannah are excited about what God is doing in the lives of students in northeast Georgia. They believe the best is yet to come in the student ministry at Level Grove. 

gale whitlock

Gale Whitlock is the Director of Children’s Ministry at Level Grove Baptist Church. The Lord made it clear in 1998 that the purpose and focus of her life would be to minister to children. God has filled her heart with a passion for shepherding children in their journey to Connect with Jesus Christ, to Grow in their relationship with Jesus through both large and small groups, and to Multiply by going beyond the walls of the church to see that wherever they are is their mission field. 

Gale is married to Billy Whitlock. They have two children and seven grandchildren. She is the daughter of a pastor and the fourth of eleven children. She gave her heart to Jesus at the age of six and loves Him with all her heart. She likes sports and hanging out with her grandchildren but partnering with parents to lead their children to Christ is her greatest joy.


Tony Yang is the Lead Worship Pastor at Level Grove Baptist Church. He grew up as a Pastor’s Kid with 8 brothers and 4 sisters. Through the love of Jesus, his life was turned around at the age of 16 and he made the decision to follow Christ. Shortly after, God called him into ministry, instilling in him a passion for a lost generation. He graduated from Toccoa Falls Bible College with a Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry in 2002. He has served in ministry for over 18 Years as a Youth Minister, Student Pastor, Music Minister and Addictions Counselor.

Tony believes that excellence in musical performance is a worthy goal, but that is NOT the purpose of the music ministry. The purpose of the music ministry is like the purpose of all other ministries, and that is for the equipping of the saints for works of service. Everyone involved with the music program use their gifts to serve. From the choir members, band, setup, to sound and lights, their purpose of being there is because God has called them to serve. The music team practices and rehearse because they believe in pursuing and being equipped for excellence while they serve. “We want our fellow church members to be able to worship without being hindered by a lack of preparedness, practice, or effort. The music program at Level Grove Baptist Church is more than just notes on a page, but the equipping of God’s people to do God’s service in excellence.”

He has been serving at Level Grove Baptist Church since January 2015. Tony is married to Susan and they have three beautiful daughters, Kennedy, Bailey and Brooklyn.


music team
matt paul

Matt joined the Music Team as choir director in 2018. Having made his profession of faith at the age of 9, he brings over 15 years experience in leading worship. Matt holds a Bachelor’s of Church Music Degree from Shorter College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Georgia. Matt’s serves full-time as Marketing Manager for Pest Control Insulation, LLC in Lula, GA.

Matt’s creativity, choral experience, and vision are a welcome addition to the Level Grove Baptist Church family. Matt and his wife, Dr. Alyson Paul, reside in Clarkesville with their two sons and are very active in the community.

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