Stan Elliott has served congregations in South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia. The staff roles have been varied: youth, college, education, recreation, and pastor. Though he has served in various roles, his focus has been consistent: helping individuals connect to and discover their gifts and passion for serving God.
He has been a part of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship since its beginning and is a charter signer of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Stan leads by and teaches the historic Baptist freedoms of:
Soul Freedom-the freedom and responsibility of every individual to relate directly to God.
Bible Freedom- a strong belief in the authority of scripture and the freedom and right of every individual to study and interpret scripture under the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Church Freedom- a strong belief in the autonomy of every church to direct its ministries and work under the leadership of the Holy Spirit without interference from another organization.
Religious Freedom- support for separation of church and state. A belief in freedom for religion and freedom from religion.
Stan received his BA in Health, Education, and Recreation from Carson-Newman College in 1981 and his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1985. He is married to Lydia Elliott and has two children, Amy and Daniel; son-in-law, Shelton, and daughter-in-law, Mikalah; and two grandsons, Dean and Wells. He enjoys exercising, golf, hiking, camping and most things outdoors!
Minister of Music
Jeff Mobley has served as a bi-vocational Minister of Music for St. John’s for 22 years. He is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia. He graduated from Old Dominion University in 1976 with a B.A. in English. Following graduation, Jeff was employed by the State of Virginia as an Employment Counselor for the Virginia Employment Commission.
In 1982, Jeff and his family moved to North Carolina in order to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. During his seminary career, he was Minister of Music and Youth at Inwood Baptist Church in Raleigh. He completed his Master of Divinity with Church Music Degree in May 1985.
Jeff was ordained by his home church, Western Branch Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Virginia, in November 1986 while serving as Minister of Music and Youth at Burrows Memorial Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia.
In February 2020, Jeff retired from the NC Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, a division of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, where he was employed as the division’s Accessibility Resources Manager. He was recognized and awarded for his innovative and creative work with the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind populations not only across the state but on the national level as well.
Jeff was married to the late Becky Mobley and had one son, the late Jeff Mobley, Jr.
Rev. Justin Lockamy
Director, Youth and Children Ministries
Justin Lockamy is serving as our Director of Youth and Children Ministries. Justin is a native of Raleigh and has served with St. John’s since 2019. He graduated from NC State in 2020 with a B.A. in Political Science. Currently, Justin is attending Campbell University Divinity School pursuing a Master of Divinity.
Justin has been involved with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina’s campus ministry to the Raleigh Area colleges and universities since 2016. During this time he has been a founding student, group leader, Ministry Intern, and Interim Campus Minister.
Justin is married to Anna and they have a dog named Merida. Together they love watching Disney movies (Brave is Justin’s favorite) The Office, and Cheering on the Hurricanes and NC State. Justin also enjoys reading and translating the Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible. Justin was ordained by St. John’s in 2022.
Having grown up in East Tennessee, close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Lydia graduated from Carson-Newman College, in Jefferson City, TN, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and certification in School Counseling. She loves to play the piano, hike and camp, cook, and work with middle school students.
Lydia is married to Stan Elliott, and is mother to adult children Amy Lyda and Daniel Elliott, as well as grandmother to Dean and Wells Lyda.