Meet our Ministry and Worship Team

The Ministry and Worship Team of Zoar Baptist Church is a vital and integral part of our operations! This team is made up of both paid staff and volunteers who work to minister to our church and community, keep the day to day operations of the church going, and play a major role in leading our worship each week. Our Ministry and Worship Team works alongside each member of our Zoar, we believe that "Every Member is a Minister".

  • Dr. Jim McConnell, Interim Pastor

    Dr. Jim McConnell joined the staff of Zoar as the Interim Pastor in December of 2021. Dr. McConnell is also employed with the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University as the Associate Dean of the School of Divinity and Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation.  He has served in interim and supply ministry positions at numerous churches throughout this area. He and his wife, Susan, live in Shelby and have two married sons and a daughter, as well as twin grandsons. In his free time Dr. McConnell enjoys gardening, hiking and backpacking, and photography.

  • Johnny Cabaniss,  Worship Leader

    Johnny grew up in Cleveland County and is a graduate of Shelby High School. He has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Western Carolina University in Cullowee, NC and studied Trumpet and Jazz at North Texas State in Denton, Texas. Johnny has led and taught music in the church setting as well as private Christian and public schools. He is a professional trumpet player and toured with TRUTH in his earlier years as the lead trumpet player as well as serving as a staff trumpet player for several other groups. He has a passion for leading others to worship . He has had a variety of experiences in both the field of music and church work. Johnny is married to Dani Bridges Cabaniss who is also a Cleveland County native. Together they have 3 sons - John, Luke, and Bryley and 4 grandchildren.

  • Brittnye Lee, Children & Youth Minister

    Brittnye was born and raised in Gastonia, NC where she currently lives with her husband, Matthew, and their two children, Addisyn and Ashton. Brittnye is a graduate of UNC Charlotte and has a Masters in Ministry from Piedmont International University. Brittnye is passionate about working with children and has over 10 years of experience in early childhood education. Brittnye is excited to a member of the team at Zoar Baptist and looks forward to growing Zoar Kids' relationships with Christ.

  • Lyn Carroll, Choir and Worship Accompanist

    Lyn Carroll serves as the Choir and Worship Accompanist at Zoar. Lyn has been a member of Zoar for over 30 years and has served as both the Church Pianist and Church Organist. She enjoys helping lead worship and providing her musical skills whenever possible. Lyn is active in many areas of the church and is the teacher of the Barnabas Sunday School Class. She and her husband, Steve, have three children and two grandchildren. 

  • Amelia Poston, Accompanist

    Amelia Poston serves as one of the Accompanists at Zoar. Amelia has been a member of Zoar since 1998 and previously served as the Church Pianist for 10 years. Currently, she assists in leading worship by providing keyboard accompaniment during the morning worship services. She is active in many areas of the church and is a member of the Upper Room Sunday School Class. She and her husband, Richard, enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and working with different mission projects at Zoar. 

  • Lisa Darst,  Administrative Assistant

    Lisa was born and raised locally. She grew up in Eastside Baptist church and she was saved at 10 years old and gave her heart to Christ and was baptized at 27.  She has been married for 40 years to her high school sweetheart, Danny. They  have two wonderful children, a son Clint, who is a pastor at Kings Cross Church in Greensboro NC and is married with 3 children and daughter Lauren, who lives in Tennessee and is married with 2 children.   She loves serving our Lord and Savior in this ministry along side of all of us!