Meet Our Team

Byron and Frankie Powers
Lead Pastors

Pastor and Frankie have been married for 40 years and have three children and five grandchildren. They are passionate about Christ and His church. It is their desire to see new people come to faith in Christ and become fully devoted followers. The Powers believe strong families are vital to the health of the church and so they put a lot of emphasis on strengthening families.

Chris and Melanie Ellison
Worship Leader and Treasurer

Chris and Melanie have been married for 22 years and have two children, Noah and Elizabeth. The Ellison’s are also dog lovers and have three dachshunds. Throughout their marriage they  have served in many areas of ministry but primarily music. Chris serves as the church treasurer and Melanie has served as Minister of Music at Compass since 2015. Melanie says, “Worship is something very near to my heart. Singing is how I talk to Jesus. More importantly, music is how Jesus talks to me. Leading the congregation in worship is what my job is every service, but in all honesty, I just sing and try to get into His presence myself. If I can get there, then it makes it easier for the people in the congregation can follow.”

Ruthie Martinez
Student Ministries Pastor

Ruthie was born and raised in the Hinesville area. She began serving in children’s ministry and later found her passion in youth ministry. Ruthie’s passion is be able to help guide and teach students about the amazing God we serve. Her desire is that our students know that they are loved without limits, valued, never alone, and that our God is bigger then anything they face. Together we can help this generation build a strong identity in God and give them the tools needed to make a difference.

Jermaine and Maylin Nixon
College and Career Pastor

Jermaine was born in Jesup, Ga and has been a part of ministry for more than 10 years. He met Maylin, who also has been in ministry for most of her life, in 2015 and they were married shortly after in 2017. They have one son, Keighan, who always keeps them on their toes.
Jermaine and Maylin came to Compass in 2020 to take the position of young adults leaders and helps ministers. Maylin also is a part of our music ministry. They both have a heart for God and a hunger for continuous spiritual growth. As leaders their goal is to help guide young adults on their journey to discover who they truly are in Christ and to see the potential that has already been placed on the inside of them. Jermaine and Maylin whole heartedly believe that if we as a church know exactly who we are in Christ, we will be unstoppable in our endeavors to advance the Kingdom.

Tony and Missy Springer
Children's Pastors

Tony and Missy were married in 2000 and they have two daughters, Jorja and Jayden. They have been involved in children’s ministry at CWC since 2007, stepping into the pastoral role in 2010. When taking over the BLAST Kid Ministry they changed the meaning of BLAST to Bible Learning And Spiritual Training to align more with the mission of breaking down earthly walls and building a strong spiritual foundation.
The Springer’s hope to create a safe and fun place for children to grow spiritually and in their personal relationship with Christ. While firmly believing in Proverbs 22:6, services are planned to create a foundation that children will not easily forget later in life. They hope to continue fun events for the whole family as well as tailored services for the children that mimic adult services with a fun twist, and of course the BLAST currency…candy!

Tony and Rachel Stover
Outreach Ministers

Tony and Rachel Stover have been married for 4 years and have 3 children, Gentry, Declan and Adeline. The Stovers have been serving in various ministries at CWC for the last 6 years. Although, willing to pitch in many different ways, their central focus is Outreach Ministry. One of Jesus’ commandments was to preach the good news of the gospel around the world. The Stovers believe before we go to other parts of the world, we should show Jesus to our community first. Their main goal is to take the church outside of the four walls and minister to others through action. Part of that action for Rachel shows as she also serves as our Social Media Coordinator.