Fred BakerLead Pastor
The Bakers are from Texas. Fred did his graduate work at Dallas Theological Seminary where he focused on Biblical Counseling. The Bakers then moved to Jackson, Tennessee, where Fred worked as the Community Pastor, Children's Pastor, Singles group leader, and handled pastoral care through counseling (although he did not do all of them at the same time – mostly). Fred's wife Stacey is an administrative assistant at a local law firm. They have two boys; Luke and Seth. In 2005, while visiting Asheville, Fred felt the Lord's leading to plant a church here. That started a 3 year process of meeting with the elders at the church in Jackson and meeting with churches here in Asheville to discern if this city needed another church. With much confirmation, support, and encouragement the Baker family moved to Asheville in 2008. Fellowship Asheville started with 10 folks, and ever since our first time together God has been doing something that only He can do. God has pulled together a group of folks that, fueled by the gospel, love each other and love this city. It sure is fun! Fred and Stacey love movies, road trips, Disney World, and really good food shared with great people. Fred provides shepherding leadership, counseling and teaching and oversees all ministries of the church.
Nick CerdaExecutive Pastor
Nick is the Executive Pastor at Fellowship Asheville. He and his wife Heather (and their 3 children) are passionate about personally reaching the vast needs of the Asheville community and leading others in that same pursuit, particularly in the areas of children and homelessness. In the position of Executive Pastor Nick is able to focus this passion by encouraging and enabling individuals to use their unique gifts to serve others both within our church, and in the greater community. Nick reaches out to local non-profits and other churches in our area to help make the gospel a powerful and positive force in our city. Nick graduated from Toccoa Falls College (Toccoa, GA) in 2001 and has been in ministry since serving as a youth pastor, church planter, and church revitalization and multiplication advisor.
Carol KingDirector of Children's and Family Ministry/Communications
Carol is originally from Michigan, where she met her husband Matt and earned her degree in elementary education from Eastern Michigan University. She has served for many years in Children and Family ministries in both volunteer and staff capacities. Before moving to Asheville and joining Fellowship, Carol was the manager of Elementary Grades at a church in the Metro Detroit area. Carol is passionate about partnering with families in helping children develop a relationship with Jesus. She strives at cultivating an environment in which children feel a sense of belonging, unconditional love and where friendships are made. Currently she oversees all operations in our Children and Families ministries, while also serving as our Director of Communications.
Sarah KnowlesFellowship Kids Small Group Coordinator
Sarah Knowles is originally from Bradenton, FL, but has lived in the Asheville area since 2012. She graduated from the University of Florida with her Masters in Education in 2011. Since then she lived in Colorado Springs, CO for 4 months, attending the Focus Leadership Institute, and then moved to Ridgecrest, NC to intern at Camp Crestridge for Girls for 8 months. It was during that time that she decided she didn't want to leave this area and thus found a teaching job in Asheville! In addition to working as Fellowship Kids Small Group Coordinator, Sarah also teaches 4th grade at Emma Elementary School where she enjoys working with her students and seeing them learn and grow!
Leah KaselakFinancial Assistant
Wanting to escape the snow and have an adventure, the Kaselaks moved to Asheville from Ohio just after getting married. Leah then worked for several years as the Event Coordinator for the Asheville Humane Society. She and her husband Chris have three children, Ivy, Violet, and Samuel. They enjoy frequenting local restaurants, remodeling whatever home they are currently living in, and spending time with friends and family. Leah serves as the Administrative Assistant at Fellowship.
Eddie EvansDirector of Discipleship
Eddie Evans calls Knoxville TN his hometown, but it was while on Young Life staff in Alabama where he met and married his lovely wife Eva. Upon their returning to Knoxville, Eddie worked in the business world for 17 years. Eddie, Eva, and their four children, moved to the Asheville area in May 2000 when Eddie felt called to once again join Young Life; this time as Property Manager for the camp at Windy Gap. Since then, they have launched their four children as adults, seen them all educated, married, and beginning families of their own.
Amelia WeaverWomen's Ministry Director
Amelia grew up just north of Asheville in Weaverville, North Carolina. She holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Carolina University in English education. After teaching high school English for several years she joined the staff of Windy Gap, a Young Life camp in northern Buncombe County. She later moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to continue her work with Young Life at their national office where she was Director of Camp Administration, and later Director of Training and Staff Development for camp staff. Since returning to the Asheville area in 2010, Amelia has enjoyed using her experience to assist local non-profits and ministries. She also enjoys gardening, biking, reading, and spending time with extended family.
Amy HinchAdministrative Assistant
Amy was born and raised in North Carolina. She and her husband Brian met while attending Appalachian State University and both received their degrees in Recreation Management. They have two boys, Noah and Micah, and have been attending Fellowship Asheville since it began meeting in 2008. God has gifted Amy with a heart for serving others through her organizational and administrative gifts. Brian and Amy love to cook, watch their boys on the ball field and basketball court, listen to music, and spend time with friends and family.