Our Pastors

Jay Baughman

Senior Pastor

Jay began attending the Akron Baptist Temple at age eight through their bus ministry. He was saved by trusting in Jesus Christ and baptized shortly thereafter through the Sunday School ministry there. He earned his Bachelor’s of Education degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1992 and a Master of School Administration from the University of Akron in 2000. He then completed four years of ministry training, graduating from the Jackson Bible Institute and School of Ministry in 2004. After working 9 years as a public school teacher and 9 as an administrator for the Northwest Local School District in Canal Fulton, Jay surrendered to full-time ministry in August 2011 and was ordained a Baptist minister at the First Baptist Church of Jackson in 2012. He has served in many capacities as a youth director/pastor, worship leader, and associate pastor for over 20 years. Pastor Jay and his wife Courtney have two children, Emily and Jared.

Scott McClain

Pastoral Intern

Scott grew up attending Tallmadge Alliance Church where he was saved by trusting in Jesus Christ through their Vacation Bible School ministry. He earned an Associate Degree in Information Technology from Akron Institute and went on to obtain several industry recognized certifications. He also completed four years of ministry training, graduating from the Jackson Bible Institute and School of Ministry in 2010. After starting and operating a successful IT Consulting business for 15 years, Scott entered full-time ministry in 2024. He has served in various capacities as a Deacon, teacher, and leader of both men’s and singles’ ministries through our local church. Scott and his wife Andrea have 2 daughters, Alanna and Kara.

Rufus Hofelt

Pastor Emeritus

Rufus was born in Beaver Falls, PA before moving to Ohio when he was eight years old. He graduated from Malone College with a bachelor’s degree in religion, then earned a Master of Divinity in Psychology and Counseling, and a Master of Arts in New Testament Greek at the Ashland Theological Seminary in 1979. Rufus was obedient to follow the Lord into full-time ministry and served as an Associate Pastor and Senior Pastor through several churches for over 30 years. He officially retired from full-time ministry September 2017. Rufus continues to serve alongside his wife Bea within our church body at GBC.
What is Pastor Emeritus?
Emeritus is an honorary title given to someone who has retired from a position, such as a pastor, as a way of honoring their service. The term “emeritus” comes from the Latin word emereri, which means to earn one’s discharge by service. Giving the title “Pastor Emeritus” to a retiring pastor is a way to continue to honor their service to the church. The Greentown Baptist Church family graciously recognizes Pastor Rufus who has served the Lord so faithfully through the years. While Pastor Rufus has officially retired from full-time ministry, he continues to serve as the Lord leads him in the body of Christ.