Bob Garbett

Transitional Interim Pastor


Pastor Bob is the Transitional Interim Pastor. He is originally from Boynton Beach, Florida. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1978 and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC until he was honorably discharged in 1982. That same year, he married Eileen.


In 1984 he joined the Jacksonville Police Department, where he served in in the Patrol, Narcotics, Professional Standards, and Criminal Investigations Divisions. Bob joined the staff of the North Carolina Justice Academy in 1993 and taught Traffic Crash Investigation and Reconstruction, Drug Enforcement for Patrol Officers, and the Academy’s leadership program, the Management Development Program. From 1990 until 1997, he served as the chaplain for the Civil War reenactment unit 4th Battalion, 1st Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia.


He was ordained by Beulaville Baptist Church in 1995 and pastored New Hope Baptist Church (Beulaville, NC) from 1997 until he retired in 2016. He then served on the Council of Elders at Scotts Hill Baptist Church (Hampstead, NC) from 2018 until 2019. Bob served in a variety of positions with the New River Baptist Association and the North Carolina Baptist State Convention including President of the NC Bivocational Ministers Conference and the Board of Directors. Bob graduated from Campbell University in 1990 with a BAS in Criminal Justice and from Carolina University of Theology with a Master’s in Christian Counseling/Psychology (1993) and a Doctor of Ministry (1995).


He and Eileen have two children; one daughter, Sahara and one son, Jared, who lives with his wife, Kelli, and their sons, Keaton and Campbell, in Pinehurst, NC.

Renee Gouge

Administrative Assistant

Tara Andrews


Music Director

Tara is the director of music at FBC Crossnore. She is responsible for directing the choir as well as leading music for the congregation. She is a native of Avery County and received both her undergraduate degree and masters in music education from ASU. She also teaches chorus at Avery High School and Avery Middle School.


Tara says that worshipping the Lord through music is truly a joy. Songs taken straight from Scripture and filled with God’s promises are her favorite kind. She is married to Sherman Andrews and they have two sons, Lucas and Levi.

Stephanie Watson


Assistant Music Director and Pianist