Richard McGinnis


Cell: (678) 551-0239

Josh Turner

Student Pastor

Cell: (706) 676.0739

Thomas Payne

Worship Pastor

Cell: (706) 266-7728

Thomas leads in worship while playing acoustic guitar but he can also play piano. He has also does kids’ worship during Vacation Bible School every year:

“Ultimately, the style of worship is not important, but the genuineness of heart. The goal of leading worship is not about performing, but enabling others to worship. And where possible; investing time into those in the congregation who are lead to be part of the worship team and may become leaders themselves.”


Thomas Payne is a graduate of Berry College with a degree in music education. He has lived in Rome his entire life serving at a number of different churches in the Floyd County Baptist Association. Originally, Thomas was came in as a guest musician, leading worship every week. Over time both Thomas and the church decided that they were a fit for one another and in 2016 he made the transition to be the church’s worship pastor. 

Thomas has a done music in a variety of styles. As a child he was vested in the traditional worship of the Baptist church. He continued in this mode of worship until a youth minister asked him to learn to play guitar and play worship for the youth at the church. It was a rough start for Thomas but a worthwhile investment. The youth minister that originally convinced Thomas to play guitar would be a constant force pushing him to improve. It was this talent that brought Thomas to Refuge.

Madison McGinnis

Interim Children’s Director

1771 Wax Road SE

Silver Creek, GA 30173