Our staff

  • Pastor Troy Hamilton

    SENIOR PASTOR

    troy@rockybayoubaptist.org


    Troy was born in Texas, but moved to Niceville in 1987 at the age of 14. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies at Cedarville University in 1995 before disappearing into the jungle of Mindanao, the Philippines, and the bush of Mozambique, Africa, for three years of evangelism and church planting. Troy met his lovely wife Beth (who grew up in Africa) while working on his master’s degree at Columbia Biblical Seminary in South Carolina. After getting engaged on a row-boat on Rocky Bayou several hours before Y2K, Troy and Beth married in 2000 and served on staff at their church in South Carolina for four years before moving to Central Asia to lead a missions team with the International Mission Board. They served as IMB missionaries for twelve years, ministering in a war-torn part of Central Asia for six years and then later basing out of London, England. During this time Troy pursued a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Lord called Troy full-circle back to Niceville, where he began serving as senior pastor at Rocky in April, 2016. He enjoys paddle boarding and spending time with Beth and their three children: Grace, Timmy, and Christine.

  • pastor Andrew Sheffield

    WORSHIP & CONNECTING

    andrew@rockybayoubaptist.org


    Andrew came to Rocky in December 2013 from Louisville, Kentucky, after completing prerequisites for the PhD in Christian Worship at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and serving at two local churches. Prior to that, Andrew lived in Kansas City, where he earned a master's degree in music and spent a year in full-time worship ministry, and in Cincinnati, where he earned his bachelor's degree in music and ministered for a time in nearby Madison, Indiana. Originally from central Georgia, Andrew is privileged to be married to a Georgia girl, although their relationship began through providences completely unrelated to their respective geography. God has thus far entrusted Andrew and Kimberly with two daughters, Felicity and Lily. Andrew enjoys watching British detective shows, reading Dostoevsky novels, and listening to his favorite singer-songwriters, in addition to mowing his tiny Nicevillian yard with his old-fashioned reel mower.


  • Bill turner

  • pam bristol

    CHILDREN’S MINISTRY DIRECTOR & THE HEIGHTS TUTORING DIRECTOR

    pam@rockybayoubaptist.org

    Pam Bristol and her family moved to Niceville in June of 1989 and joined the family at Rocky in August of that year. Pam has a bachelor’s degree  in education and has taught in Christian schools in Texas.  Upon arriving in Florida, she concentrated on her family and homeschooling her three children.  Her husband, Ken, came to Jackson Guard as a Forester for Eglin Air Force Base and he is currently the GIS manager for Eglin.  They have three grown children, Jarret, Daniel (wife-Kacy), and Mikayla.  Pam joined the staff in the Children’s Ministry Department in July of 2005.  Pam loves God’s Word, spending time with her family, and people… all people, especially the little ones! 

  • Denise Melendez

    MINISTRY ASSISTANT

    denise@rockybayoubaptist.org

    Originally from Indiana, Denise grew up in an Air Force family.  She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Denise married David in 1990, and they have two daughters, Kayla (married to Kevin) and Hannah.  They have lived in Niceville and attended Rocky since 1997.  After previously serving on staff as Preschool Ministry Director, Denise rejoined the staff in 2010 as a ministry assistant.

  • Shirley olimb

    MINISTRY ASSISTANT

    shirley@rockybayoubaptist.org

    Shirley Olimb and her family joined Rocky’s fellowship in January of 1990.  The United States Air Force sent them to New Mexico for 3 years in 1993 and brought them back in 1996.  She is married to Hal who is now retired from the USAF and currently works for Jacobs Technology, Inc. Hal and Shirley have three children, Sarah, Andrew, and Zachary, three granddaughters, and two grandsons. Shirley came on board at RBBC in October of 2000.  She is the ministry assistant for the Children, Youth and Music ministries.

  • Linda thurwanger

    FINANCIAL SECRETARY

    linda@rockybayoubaptist.org

  • bob hurley

    FACILITIES MANAGER

    bob@rockybayoubaptist.org