Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry.
Michael Cloer has been the pastor of Englewood since 2000. He has been a Southern Baptist pastor for forty years, serving churches in South Carolina, Arkansas, and New York before coming to Englewood in August, 2000. Since coming to Englewood, the church has more than doubled in attendance and has baptized over 1200 new believers. In 2003, Southern Seminary awarded Englewood with the C.H. Spurgeon “Church Of The Year” Award, which recognizes churches for evangelism, missions, and church growth. His weekly messages are heard on many radio and television stations.
Jacob Cloer, Associate Pastor of Discipleship
Jacob joined the staff of Englewood in March of 2013. He was saved at the age of 16 and surrendered his life to the call of ministry at the age of 17. He graduated from North Greenville University with a BA degree in 2005. Jacob married Melissa in the summer of ’05. Their first son, Michael, was born in 2007, just two days after their second anniversary. 6 weeks later they moved to Memphis, TN so that Jacob could attend Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary. He graduated from Mid America with his Master of Divinity degree in May of 2010. Jacob and Melissa’s second child, Gideon, was born two days later. Jacob was called to be the youth pastor at the First Baptist Church of Athens, TN in the Fall of 2010. After 13 years serving the Lord in youth ministry, the Lord has called Jacob to Englewood to be the Associate Pastor of Discipleship. Their third child, Sophia was born in November 2013. His responsibilities include leading the Bible Fellowship Groups, Small Group Discipleship, and Men and Women’s Ministries.
Jacob’s desires to see lost people surrender their life to Christ by repentance and faith, to see saved people growing in their relationship with Christ through discipleship, to see disciples become disciple makers, and to do all of the above through relationships. His bases that ministry philosophy on 2 Timothy 2:2, “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
Gene Davis, Associate Pastor of Students
Gene came to EBC on September 1st 2003 from Siloam Baptist Church in Easley SC. There he was responsible for Children, Preschool and Recreation ministries as well as IT services for the church and school. Prior to Siloam, Gene was an Engineering Manager for The Robert Bosch Corporation for 10 years. He also received his degree from SEBTS in December of 2005 and has been in full-time ministry for 13 years.
Gene has been married to his precious wife Carole for 29 years and has 3 children, Aaron, Hannah and Seth. Carole serves as Gene’s part-time administrative assistant and is a member of the EBC choir.
Greg O’Neil, Executive Pastor
Greg was born and raised in Bristol Virginia. At age 13, while attending youth camp in Ridgecrest North Carolina, he called on Jesus for salvation and received Christ as his Savior, the Author and Finisher of his faith. Shortly after graduating high school in 1980, Greg enlisted in the United States Air Force (USAF) and met his best friend and wife, Theresa, while in Basic Training. They married on February 14, 1981. After 22 years of active duty, they retired on April 6, 2002. They have three daughters and two granddaughters.
Jordan joined the staff of Englewood Baptist Church on February 25, 2013. He has previously served as a Pastor to Students, Minister to Children, and Interim Pastor of Worship over the past 9 years. Jordan was born and raised near Dallas, Texas and came to know the Lord as Savior in 1998. Shortly after, he answered God’s call to full-time vocational ministry. After two years at East Texas Baptist University, he came to the East Coast in 2004 to serve with Youth on Mission. It was there that he met his wife, Carolyn. Jordan and Carolyn have been married since 2007 and have been blessed with three wonderful children. Jordan earned a Bachelors of Religion degree from Liberty University in 2005 and went on to receive his Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty University in 2010. Jordan loves baseball, hiking, fishing, and camping.
A farm girl born and raised in Northwest Ohio, “Ms. Kris” accepted Christ as her Savior and Lord at the age of 9, primarily due to the influence of her godly grandmother.
Kristin brings to the Weekday Preschool program decades of experience in teaching, leading, administration, and curriculum development for both children and adults. God has carried her through a life filled with deep valleys, and He has used those life experiences, especially as a single-again parent, to develop a deep understanding of – – and an even deeper compassion for – – the joys and challenges of parenting and now, grandparenting!
Ms. Kris’ family includes her older son, TJ, and his wife, Kathryn, and grandson, Seeley, all from Cary. Her younger son, Nathan, and her new daughter-in-law, Seandra, currently reside in Akron, OH.