Meet our Staff

Rev. Tom Runyon

Senior Pastor


My wife is Joanna and we have been members of Beaver Dam Baptist Church since 1998. I became the Senior Pastor in November of 2017. Joanna is a school counselor at Crest Middle School (CMS) and we have two children, Joey and Thomas and a wonderful daughter-in-law, Erica! Joanna and I enjoy spending time with our extended family, traveling, and shopping at thrift stores looking for treasures at a bargain. I enjoy anything outdoors and particularly like to fish the streams of western NC and the surf of the Outer Banks. Joanna loves family and devotes much of her leisure time to loving her family. We are recent empty nesters with our boys starting their own journeys. We look forward to this new phase of life together.

As Senior Pastor, I have charge to equip the church for the ministry of the gospel and to care for the needs of this flock. I strive to utilize the spiritual gifting of this congregation to help me accomplish those tasks. My passion and gift to the church is preaching and teaching. I consider the pulpit ministry and the charge to love people my greatest pastoral responsibility.

We are a family church that loves each other. I welcome you to join us and to share in the ministry of the gospel!

Rev. Phil Hughes

Associate Pastor of Discipleship

I have served Beaver Dam Baptist Church as Associate Pastor since March of 2002. My wife, Charlotte and I have 2 grown children. We enjoy reading, day-trips to the mountains, fitness walking, and browsing in antique stores. Charlotte is a retired teacher, formerly with the Cleveland County School System. She enjoys quilting, and collects vintage sewing machines. I enjoy playing the guitar and disc golf. Weekly I go to one of our local nursing care facilities and conduct sing-alongs. We enjoy “the old hymns.” The residents as well get a kick out of the 60’s & 70’s folk/pop tunes I throw in occasionally.

My responsibilities at Beaver Dam include oversight of discipling ministries for all ages and family structures, along with Senior Adult Ministry.

Mrs. Nicole Albright

Youth/Children Co-Minister

Mrs. Tabatha Nantz

Youth/Children Co-Minister

Ms. Sydney Hardin

Interim Minister of Music

Mrs. Terisa Champion

Church Secretary

Mrs. Marcy Hamrick

Church Organist

Mrs. Susan Canipe

Church Pianist