Meet The Staff

Dr. Deron Cobb

Senior Pastor
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After years of ministry in Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee, Pastor Deron’s journey has brought him home to central Kentucky, where his family roots run deep. His grandparents grew up on opposite sides of the Kentucky River; his grandmother on the Madison County side and his grandfather in Jessamine County. He received his Master of Divinity from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctorate from Covington Theological Seminary. His wife, Bonita is an Educational Therapist and a pastor’s daughter. They have a daughter, Joanna, and two sons, Joshua and Joseph. Pastor Deron enjoys reading, sports, and spending time with his family.

“My passion is preaching and teaching God’s Word. My purpose in life is to radically love God, evangelize the lost, and equip the saved through the power of the gospel. The gospel brings joy, fulfillment, and purpose to every life it changes. I am so grateful and humbled that a Holy and Righteous God was willing to forgive, call, and now entrust to me the stewardship of one of His beloved churches here in Richmond, Kentucky. I truly feel like I have come home and I am excited about what God has in store, not only for me and my family, but for the whole Red House Baptist Church family.”

Linda Coulter

Director of Childhood Ministries
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Linda grew up in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, graduating from Anderson County High School. She received her BS and MA in Communication Disorders from Eastern Kentucky University. She works as a speech/language pathologist for a local agency, serving children birth to three years of age. Linda was called to Red House as the part-time Minister to Preschoolers and Children in May of 1984. She serves on the Tates Creek Associational Consultation Team (ACT) and is a state special worker for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, leading conferences in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Discipleship Training.

“I grew up in a Christian home, accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord at the age of 9. It was during GA camp that I began to realize that God had a special plan for my life. Through a variety of people and experiences, God began to prepare me for work with children. When His call came to serve at Red House, I was finishing college and preparing to marry. Eddie and I were praying for guidance to a church home. While serving at Red House, God has used this time to teach, train, and grow me in ways I never anticipated.”

One of my goals for the children at Red House is that each of them will understand that God has a special plan for them, just as He did for me. That plan begins with their decision to follow Christ and continues throughout their lives. Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Gary Maynard

Minister of Senior Adults

Gary is a native of Huntington, West Virginia. He graduated from Marshall University (BA in Music) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master’s Degree in Religious Education). Westmoreland Baptist Church in Huntington ordained him to the gospel ministry in 1988.

After seminary, Gary served churches in Henderson, Pikeville, Mt. Sterling, and Somerset, Kentucky, and in Huntington, West Virginia. Gary began his ministry at Red House on September 1998.

Gary is married to Debbie, who is a Certified Public Accountant in Lexington. They have two children Jeremy Maynard of Berea and J.D. Maynard of Huntington, WV. They also have four beautiful and very smart grandchildren: Nicole, Tre, Naomi, and Sophia.

Dwayne Abrahamson

Minister of Students / Recreation
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Dwayne was born and raised in Mobile, AL. He went to college at the University of South Alabama and received a degree in chemical engineering. While in college, he was very involved with Baptist Campus Ministry. After graduating from college, he went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX, where he received his Master of Divinity in December of 2000. While in seminary, he met his wife, Joni, and they have been married since November of 2000. They have two boys, Aaron and Luke.

Dwayne has a passion for youth and college students. His desire is for them to know Christ, receive Christ, live for Christ, and share the love of Christ. He wants them to follow the cross and not the crowd. He wants them to truly understand the words of Jesus in Matt 16:24, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.” Dwayne is excited what God is going to do in and through the student ministry of Red House.

Dawn Burns

Church Secretary
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Dawn was born and raised in Rankin, IL. She moved to Berea, KY in 2001 and started working at Red House as the church secretary in 2005. She has 2 children and 1 grandchild; daughter, Holly; grandchild, Dylan; and son, Keith and his wife, Leanna.

Melanie Fitzgerald

Administrative Assistant
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Melanie has lived in nine different states and presently resides in Richmond. She received her B.S. Degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music. Her Master’s Degree is in Library and Information Science. She has taught elementary, middle and high school students while also homeschooling two of her three sons.
Melanie came to know Christ when she was 12-years-old through the witness of a neighbor who brought her to church. Her favorite Scripture is the 8th Chapter of Romans.
She is married to Michael and has three sons, Michael, Aaron and Rob.