Our Staff

Bobby Thompson – Lead Pastor

Bobby-ThompsonBobby Thompson is a native of Montgomery County but was raised in the South Carolina Low country on a large plantation west of Beaufort. Hence, he is a rural guy who is well-suited to the local culture and environment. His wife of 35 years, Susan, teaches French at Jeff Davis High school. They have 3 daughters, 3 granddaughters, and a female dachshund, so Pastor Bobby has dealt with his share of women’s issues. An avid reader, cook, sports fan and outdoorsman, he is also adept at changing diapers, drying tears, and changing his plans to accommodate others’ needs – especially Madame’s!  He holds a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth. His greatest passion in life is to see healthy relationships restored – first between man and his Creator, and secondly between man and his fellow man, beginning with the family.


Email Bobby: pastorbt@bellsouth.net




Randy McDuffie – Worship Pastor

Randy-McDuffieRandy has been on staff as worship leader at Tabernacle since October 1993.  He graduated from Brewton-Parker College with a bachelor’s degree in music.  He enjoys spending time with his wife Jolie, and his children, Luke, Mark, and Katie.
Randy’s goal at Tabernacle is to provide a musical atmosphere that encourages us all to worship and seek God.  “Sing to the Lord a new song” from Psalm 96 is his favorite verse of Scripture.

Two of his favorite lines are. . . “Worship is a lifestyle” and “Worship is an attitude of the heart”.



Email Randy: randy.mcduffie@bellsouth.net





Madison Herrin – Associate Pastor

Madison-HerrinMadison has been on staff as the Student Pastor at Tabernacle since March of 2012.  He is a graduate of Brewton-Parker College, where he received a Bachelors of Science Degree in history. Prior to coming to Tabernacle, he worked for the Montgomery County school system in the History department for 6 years. While at Montgomery County, he served as the head varsity baseball and girls softball coach.  This is where he earned the name “Coach,” which he is commonly referred to among the staff and students.  He has a passion to see Christ reflected in the lives of our students and their families.  He resides in the small city of Ailey with his wife Lyndsay and their 4 children.

Hobbies:  Teaching, Hunting, Fishing and spending time with his family.

Favorite Saying:  “Be Real”

Romans 8: 28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

Email Madison: mherrin16@yahoo.com



Thomas Bowers – Pastor of Growth and Development

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 Email Thomas: thomasbowers@bellsouth.net

Drew Bolin – Pastor of Children/Young Families

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 Email Drew: ajbolin1973@yahoo.com


Karen Wickstrom –Administrative Assistant

Karen-WickstromKaren came to Tabernacle in January 2005. She is a 1972 graduate of Dublin High School, and she completed courses in Business and Office Education in 1980. She and her husband Wayne have lived in the Vidalia area since 1998.

Affectionately know as “The Warden,” Karen knows that ministry assistants make an important contribution to the welfare, support and fulfillment of the Church’s mission. She looks forward to her daily interactions with the TBC family and works hard to make sure the day-to-day operations run smoothly.

Karen loves the outdoors and deer hunts with her husband. One of her favorite things to do is spend time with friends and family, especially her granddaughter Rachel.

Favorite Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Email Karen: tabernaclebap59@bellsouth.net 



Jessica Boaen – Ministry Assistant

Jessica-BoaenJessica came to Tabernacle in 2007.  She is a 2003 graduate of Toombs County High School.  She is the daughter of James Boaen and Meg Clarke.   She has an older and younger sister.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, writing and helping others.

As a Ministry Assistant, she has the opportunity daily to see the various ministry opportunities, and lending a helping hand using the gifts and talents God has given her.

Favorite Bible Verse: “ For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

Email Jessica: jessicaboaen@bellsouth.net