A Letter from Pastor Tracy Fletcher
I believe God has lead you to this website and the uplifting community of faith of West Hendersonville Baptist Church. Our organization has been serving the Hendersonville community faithfully for many years. Our mission is to spiritually uplift our community and work toward a greater good. We are tireless in our efforts to reach, teach and minister to the whole family with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We help those seeking spiritual healing and enlightenment find the path that will lead them to love, joy, peace and hope though Jesus Christ. Our faith based outreach serves all people. Our church family is growing at a steady pace. With this growth we have been able to accomplish more and have a larger impact upon our community. We welcome you with open arms. Please inquire today about how you can become a cherished part of our faith based family.
Rev. Tracy Fletcher, Pastor
Came to WHBC as pastor in 2004
Pastor Tracy and his wife, Valerie, have two children; a daughter and a son. He is a native of Greenville, S.C. He and Valerie met while on mission in Puerto Rico. He loves spending time with her and their two children, and playing with their dog, Gabby. Outdoor activities like walking, fishing, hunting, and working in the yard are also some of his favorite things to do, in addition to reading.
Associates - North Greenville College
Bachelor of Arts - North Greenville College
Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages - Southeaster Baptist Theological Seminary
Member, Board of Directors of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention
Chairman, Resolution Team for the Carolina Baptist Association
Director, Pastor's Council for the Carolina Baptist Association
Ryan Howell, Interim Education and Youth Minister
We are currently seeking a full time Education and Youth Minister.
Terry Baker, Music Director
Joined the WHBC Staff in June 2016
Terry and his wife, Judy, have two sons, Chris Baker and Craig Baker; and three grandsons, Corbin, Gavin and Tristan. Born in 1949 to Bill & Ruth Baker, Terry grew up in Greenville, S.C. His father and mother started the Melodyaire Quartet in 1952. His mother, Ruth was a Lewis and related to the Lewis Family gospel bluegrass group.
Having been in music all his life, Terry has sung in churches in every state except Alaska and Hawaii while traveling on the road with a group for over forty years. He enjoys teaching music in addition to singing and directing. Terry also likes to build things around the house and spend time with his wife and family.
Associates Degree in Radio & Television Broadcasting - Tri-County Tech
Master of Music - U.S. Naval School of Music
Director, Joy Singers of the Carolina Baptist Association
Debbie Shehan, Secretary
Joined the WHBC staff in 2008
Debbie and her husband, Ronnie, have four children; a son, a daughter, a step-son, and a step-daughter. They also have eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She is originally from Dyer, Tennessee, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, but has called Hendersonville home since 1987, when she transferred with the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group from the Daily News in Middlesboro, Kentucky to the Times-News, from which she retired as Retail & National Advertising Manager, in 2007. She enjoys interior decorating (especially cottage style), gardening, reading, and singing with the Worship Team and choir at Balfour Baptist Church, where she has been a member for many years.
Hattie Jo Parham, Homebound Ministry
Came to WHBC in 1973; joined the staff in 1982
Jo and her husband, Jim, have three children; two sons and a daughter. They also have three grand children. Jo, originally from Mars Hill, N.C., grew up in Weaverville and moved to Hendersonville in 1973. She became a Christian in 1976, and has been a member of West Hendersonville Baptist Church for 39 years. She became the Home-bound Director after her church family noticed her love for folks who needed help with their daily lives and elected her to serve in that ministry. She says, "My life has been enriched, as I have received far more than I have given to my home-bound friends through the years." Jo enjoys reading, Women's Bible study, and her family. "God touches me daily as I read His Word, striving to continue to grow as a Christian, which is my life goal. God is good all the time!" Jo also sings in the choir, teaches the adult ladies in Sunday School, and is a member of WMU and the Women's Ministry.
Karen Kinlaw, Pianist
Came to WHBC as pianist in 2012
Karen has four children; three daughters and a son. She was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and grew up in Richmond, Virginia and Louisville, Kentucky. She lived in Charlotte for twenty-five years before moving to Hendersonville in 2005. Karen has also served as the church pianist for the past six years at Fanning Chapel UMC, teaches piano at Biltmore Baptist School of Music, and composes music whenever she can. She says, "[I am] doing my dream job! I love to sing and share music whenever given the opportunity. I enjoy time with children, love to cook, enjoy swimming and volunteering as a tour guide, and playing the piano at Chapel at the Cove."
Bachelor of Science in Music Education, with a concentration in voice
Member, Asheville Area Piano Forum - server on board as recording secretary