Staff

We have a passion for people, our city and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

  • Jimmy orr

    Senior Pastor

    Jimmy has been the pastor of Palmetto Baptist Church since September, 2000. Dr. Orr holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, a Masters of Divinity degree in Preaching and Pastoral Ministries from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Ministries from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to Palmetto Baptist Church, he has served Bethlehem Baptist Church and Concord Baptist Church, both in Cumming, Georgia.  Dr. Orr has served as moderator of the Fairburn Baptist Association, and as chair of the Board of Trustees, Georgia Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries, Inc. Dr. Orr is married to Amanda McPherson. Their son, Zach, and his wife Micole, and dog Jack, live in Loganville, Georgia. Their daughter, Hillary is a pharmacist. The Orr's reside in Palmetto, Georgia, with Herman the Cat, and Lucy, the Demon Dog.


        

  • René Milner

    Children's minister

    René has lived in northern Coweta County since she and Gary married in 1982. She first became part of the Palmetto Baptist Church family as a teacher in the weekday preschool in 1990. After five years as a preschool teacher she worked as a teaching assistant with the Coweta County School system over the past 17 years. Gary and René have four children, Alicia, Jessie and Maggie all remain in Georgia and each currently live about two hours from home. Their son Joe is in college with plans to go into the ministry. René joined Palmetto Baptist Church as the Interim Children's Minister in June of 2013 and began serving full time as the Children's Minister in January of 2014.


  • Alfonso illidge

    hispanic minister

    Alfonso Illidge came to PBC in 2014, from Central Church in Douglasville, GA, to serve as Interim Pastor for the Palmetto Hispanic Ministry. Rev. Illidge was later asked to stay as their pastor permanently. Rev. Illidge served as a pastor with Central Baptist Church Hispanic Ministry before coming to PBC. He is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynburng, VA. Rev. Illidge holds a Masters Degree in Divinity, with concentration in church work. He also has a Bachelors Degree from Interamerican University in Puerto Rico, and an Associate Degree in Electronics Engineering from the Institute of Technology. Alfonso is very missions minded and likes to travel when opportunity arises. He plans to pursue his Doctorate degree in the near future.


    Alfonso is married to Edna, and they have three children, Isaac Daniel, David Joel, and Alexandra. They also have one granddaughter, Harper Elin.


      

  • Kathy wood

    office manager

    Kathy and Tommy have been married over 30 years and have  been members at PBC for over 20 years. They have 2 children, Jonathan and Bethany. Jonathan Wood, who is married to Tiffany. He is a Student Pastor at First Baptist Church Senoia.  Bethany is married to Adam LaFlamme. They have 4 grandchildren, Shelby Wood, Harper Wood,  Gavin and Carson LaFlamme . Kathy has been part of the Ministry here at PBC for over 2 years. She previously worked at Coweta County Board of Education for 12 years as a Secretary/Bookkeeper.


       

  • Dina Duffey

    Weekday preschool director

    Dina has had many job titles the past 10 years with Palmetto Baptist Church Preschool. She has been a assistant teacher, assistant director, 3 yr. old teacher and in 2018 took on the role as director of the preschool. Dina is a member of Palmetto Baptist Church. Dina has been married to her husband Scott Duffey for 23 years, and they have two sons, Brandon and Brady.


  • dwayne knox

    facilities manager

    Dwayne has been married to Myra Knox for many wonderful years. He has 6 children, Shantaria, Kimberley, Renard, Rashad, Latoya, and Dwayne, Jr. They are also blessed with three grandchildren, Jacorey, Jasean, and Dorian. He has been a part of the ministry here at PBC for over 10 years.  He is an Assistant Pastor at Rivertown United Methodist Church, in Fairburn, GA. He also serves as the Student Minister for his church, along with many other responsibilities. He is known as the "hotdog cooker" at his church! 


      

  • Damon Skelton

    Traditional Worship leader

    Damon Skelton has been teaching math in Coweta County for 25 years, currently at Northgate High School.  He is married to Lisa Skelton and has 3 children, Jared, Forrest, and Skylar and one grandchild, Jonah. He received a music education degree from Texas Wesleyan College in 1984 which has aided him in serving as music directors in several churches for the past 34 years.  Damon served in a part time capacity at Second Memorial Baptist in Perry, Georgia but moved to Newnan to serve full time at Unity Baptist Church.   Upon leaving Unity Baptist, Damon got his math certification at West Georgia and then his Master’s degree from Piedmont College.  Damon has served as part time minister of music for SonRise Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, First Baptist Senoia, Sharpsburg Baptist and is currently serving at Palmetto Baptist. 

  • Clay Coley

    Contemporary Worship Leader


  • Jon Torrenga

    Interim Minister of Students

    My family and I live in Fairburn. I graduated with a B.S. in History Education from Huntington College (now University) in 1999. I I have taught 7th/8th History, 7th/8th Bible, MS Computer, and HS Computer at Landmark Christian School. I also coach the MS/HS Swim Teams at Landmark Christian School. I met my wife, Emily, in Preschool. We got married in 2003. My wife works for Landmark Christian School as well. I received my M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from the University of West Georgia in 2006. My daughter, Zoe, attends Landmark Christian School. I would not change my experiences for anything. 

  • Jess Wilbanks

    Senior Adult minister


    Jess moved to Palmetto in 2017 from South Carolina. Originally from Mississippi, her family moved several times while growing up, serving with the military. Jess graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelors in Liberal Arts and from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Christian Education. While in New Orleans, she met her husband Blake. After moving to South Carolina, Jess served as Minister to Children and Students in Williston, SC and also as director of a rural United Way in Barnwell County, SC. They have two children, Michael is in college and Atticus was born in the summer of 2018. The Wilbanks live in the heart of Palmetto and made a century old house their home.