ouR staff

  • 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.

  • Bill Turner

    ASSOCIATE PASTOR FOR YOUTH AND DISCIPLESHIP

    bill@rockybayoubaptist.org


    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.

  • Chris Tredway

    INTERIM WORSHIP MINISTER

    christredwa@aol.com


    Chris served as Music/Worship Leader for Lakeland Christian Church in Polk County for 13 years, leading the instruments, choir, praise team, and all worship services. While at Rocky Bayou Baptist, Chris served as the Interim Worship Leader with his wife Michelle from October, 2011 through November, 2013, and is now again serving in that capacity. He has a M.M. Florida State University, and a B.S, University of West Florida. Chris has taught band for twenty-four years at the high school, junior high, and middle school levels in Georgia and Florida. In addition to his public school teaching experience, Chris also served five years as Assistant Professor of Music at Southeastern University where he taught courses in music theory, conducting, orchestration, instrumental music methods, and secondary music education.  

  • 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.

  • 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 (married to Jamie), Daniel (married to 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!  

  • Karen Pendergrass

    FINANCIAL SECRETARY

    karen@rockybayoubaptist.org

  • 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.

  • Bob Hurley

    FACILITIES MANAGER

    bob@rockybayoubaptist.org