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Our Staff

James Zik

Lead Pastor
Pastor James has served churches in Kentucky, Texas, and now North Carolina in various capacities. He is married to Ashley and holds degrees from Southwestern and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminaries as well as the University of Kentucky. When he is not at the church equipping disciple makers and working on sermon preparation, you can find him cheering on the Tennessee Vols, reading a book, listening to music, or figuring out where to travel next. Pastor James loves that Beach Road is rooted in the Word and pursues biblical community.

Jimmie Perryman

Associate Pastor (Care & Senior Adults)
Pastor Jimmie served his country in the U.S. Army and in the Department of Defense and Homeland Security as a defense contractor. Pastor Jimmie graduated from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014 with a Master's degree in Theological Studies. He is married to his incredible wife, Sandy, and they have three sons and nine grandchildren. When Jimmie is not visiting someone, you can often find him on the golf course, or just relaxing at home with a good book. Pastor Jimmie loves the people of Beach Road; especially how they love and care for each other.

Woody Walls

Associate Pastor (Discipleship)
Pastor Woody graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from UNC Wilmington in 1993 and holds a Master of Divinity in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to his wonderful bride, Criss, and has four children. Woody formerly had a 30+ year career in the hospitality industry, but is excited to be serving in full-time ministry. Woody is an avid Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan and enjoys watching college football and basketball. Pastor Woody's favorite thing about Beach Road is that it is a family where the truth of the Gospel is central, discipleship is a focus, and the world is engaged.

Chris Cocker

Associate Pastor (Next Steps)
Pastor Chris grew up in Dallas, NC, and moved to Brunswick County in 2012. He is married to his beautiful wife, Jessica, and they have four children. Prior to joining the Beach Road staff, Chris had more than 15 years with the NC Department of Transportation, but looks forward to serving full-time in the ministry. When Chris is not at church, you’ll find him playing with his children, enjoying family, and passionately rooting on his NC State Wolfpack. Pastor Chris loves Beach Road and the focus on pouring into families and walking alongside them in biblical truth and discipleship.

Vincent Dubbeld

Worship Pastor
Vincent was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, but spent most of his growing up years in Florida and Virginia. He started leading worship for his youth group at the age of thirteen. After starting a worship band in high school, he was recruited by Ohio Christian University to sing and travel for the school. In 2011, Vincent left OCU to finish his degree online as he traveled in full-time concert ministry with his family. Vincent and his wife Heather have been married ten years and have two children. They have served in church ministry together for eight years. God has been faithful!

Blake McFarland

Family Pastor
Blake has served family, youth, and children’s ministries for over a decade. This experience has shown him that culture seeks to pull families in various directions—His impassioned response has been to align church efforts to strategically impact the home. Blake is married to Nichole and they are raising two boys to love Jesus and live on mission. Blake is graduate of App State, Liberty University, and completed his doctoral work at SEBTS in May 2023. When not at the church, Blake enjoys playing ball with the boys, dating his wife, deep conversation with friends, working out, jiu-jitsu, and grilling out.

Matt Overcash

Children's Minister
Matthew Overcash was raised in China Grove, NC, moved to the area in 2004, and now resides in Southport with his wife, Carysa, and their two boys.  Matt has served in ministry throughout the majority of his adult life.  In 2003, he graduated from the North Carolina College of Theology with a Bachelor's degree in Theology.  He continued on to earn his Master's degree in Biblical Studies.  When Matt is not at the church you can find him suited up as the PE teacher for Southport Christian School and as the head coach for one of his son's little league baseball teams. Matt is convinced that Beach Road has the best people you will ever meet! 

Mary Nichols

Financial Data Specialist
Mary Nichols is native to the Southport area and has served the church since 2017 as Financial Data Specialist.  Along with her husband, Tait, and children, Mary has faithfully attended Beach Road Baptist Church since 2013 and has personally witnessed God's faithfulness in both her life and the church.  When she is not working you can find her spending time with her family and supporting her children's interests. Mary loves the people of Beach Road, the interactions she has with our members, and how they show their hearts for Jesus and for each other.

London Schmidt

Graphic Designer
London Schmidt was raised in Eastern NC, graduated from UNC Wilmington, and now lives in Brunswick County with her family. Upon graduation, London expanded her expertise with a company that allowed her to explore her creativity through photography, graphics, and advertising.  She loves clever marketing and well-planned events. The Schmidt family loves being on the water and spends a lot of their free time fishing together.  They have attended Beach Road since 2017 and are grateful for the warm, God-centered, and family atmosphere the church provides.