In the scriptures, those who have the responsibility for the spiritual oversight and care of the church are called pastors ( Ephesians 4:11 ), elders ( Acts 14:23; 20:17 ), and overseers ( I Timothy 3:1, NAS or bishop, KJV ). These different titles are used to refer to the same office of spiritual leadership.  The Bible teaches that the congregation is spiritually accountable to the elders and the elders are accountable to God ( Hebrews 13:17 ). Therefore, the decision-making authority of the church is vested in the elders who function under the Lordship of Christ.  The members of the church fill an important role in assisting the elders in reaching decisions.  Feel free to contact the Elders by e-mail (elders@rockybayoubaptist.org) with any prayers, concerns, ideas or suggestions (your email will be distributed to all elders at once.)

  • Troy Hamilton

    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.

  • Bart Swan

    Bart was born in Japan, the son of a Navy helicopter pilot, and came to know the Lord as a young boy. Bart attended Okaloosa Walton Junior College and Le Tourneau University, where he studied aviation, before graduating from the University of West Florida with a degree in business. He met his wife, Wendy, in the youth group at Rocky in 1989, and they married in 1995. He and Wendy have five children: Olivia, Ryder, Ava, Sawyer, and Renner. Bart is currently the Branch Manager and Mortgage Loan Officer at Certainty Home Loans in Niceville. As a member of Rocky, Bart has ministered as an Awana Leader and Sixth Grade Sunday School Teacher, and he currently serves as the Men's Ministry lead. Bart says enjoying and raising five children doesn't afford much time or necessity for other hobbies and interested, but he loves to sing, and he enjoys camping, working on cars, and water skiing.

  • Billy Moore

    Billy hails from Birmingham, AL. He earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University and then ventured into the US Air Force where he served for 22 years as a Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) flying in the F-4E and F-15E. His last assignment brought him and his family to Eglin AFB in July 2000 where he immediately joined Rocky. He retired from the USAF in 2006 but still works on base as a test engineer. He and his wife Holly currently teach 1st and 2nd Graders in Sunday school. He served as a deacon for about 14 years, has been in the choir since first arriving, served as our Awana Commander, T&T Director, Cubbies Director, and LIFE Group leader. Billy currently leads our Disaster Relief Clean Up and Recovery Team. His son, Joshua, is married with 2 kids and lives in Colorado. Josh’s twin sister, Rebecca, lives in Freeport and is an accountant. His youngest daughter, Hannah, is an elementary school music teacher in Pensacola.

  • Joshua Latham

    Originally a Texas native, Joshua was stationed locally on several occasions throughout his life both as a dependent and while on active duty in the Air Force. He and his wife, Susan, have been a members of Rocky Bayou Baptist church since 2006. Joshua came to know the Christ at an early age and many years later felt the Lord’s call on his life into the medical field. After graduating from the University of Florida, Joshua attended medical school in Fort Worth, Texas and currently works as an urgent care and emergency room physician. Although no longer active duty, he still serves in the Air Force Reserve at Duke Field as a flight surgeon. He has been married to his lovely wife since 2002 and they have four incredible children named Luke, Brooke, Isaiah, and Rebekah. Joshua’s passions include family, playing sports, and supporting foreign mission work.

  • Steven Brackin

    Steven was born and raised in Dothan, AL and it was through the loving modeling, instruction, and admonition from his parents and church that he heard, believed, and was called to love Christ as Lord and Savior at the age of 7. Years later Steven attended Auburn University and graduated with a degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design. It was in his last semester at Auburn that he would begin dating his future wife, Lindsey. After graduation, Steven moved to the area in January of 2004. He and Lindsey married the following year in July 2005. They now have a 7 year old daughter, Savannah and a 4 year old son, Kayde and have been members of RBBC since 2012. In his spare time, Steven most enjoys time playing with his kids and relaxing with Lindsey. In addition he enjoys kayaking, camping, running, and pretty much anything outside and especially around the water.

  • Ken Bandy

    Ken was born and raised in Orlando, FL.  He married his pastor’s daughter, Lanie, in 1980.  After finishing the University of Central Florida with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Ken served in the US Air Force for 20 years.  The Bandys’ two grown kids, Katie and Kyle, were born during these wonderful AF years.  Their final Air Force tour was here at Eglin.  Upon their arrival to Niceville, the Bandys joined RBBC in 1997, and have been blessed to serve and worship here continually since then.  After his retirement from active duty in 2003, Ken began another career as an Air Force civilian.  In God’s kindness, Ken has served at Rocky in various capacities, including Deacon, adult Bible Teacher, children’s Sunday School teacher, and Life Group leader.  He enjoys time with family, golf, fishing, reading, woodworking, car repair, and home renovation.

  • Bill Berry

  • Bill Turner

    Bill was born in Oklahoma.  He earned his Bachelors degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, and a Master’s degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Bill has served churches as a student pastor / associate pastor in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Florida.  Bill has been married to Melissa Turner for 25+ years.  They have four children (Josh, Alison, Lydia, and Chesed).  Bill and Melissa met in college and married soon after finishing college. Bill and Melissa have a passion to join parents in the discipleship and evangelism of their teenagers.  He has been committed to student ministry for over 16 years. 2 Corinthians 12:9 has been the guiding verse for Bill’s life. It says, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  Bill hopes he will be the kind of man that is fully aware of his weaknesses, in order to be fully sustained by God.