Senior Pastor Rev. Jason Smith
Jason was called to Cowee in March 2009 to serve as Minister of Students and Families and assumed the role of Associate Pastor in June 2013. Jason accepted the call to Senior Pastor In July 2016. He previously served as Youth Minister of Cartoogechaye Baptist Church, in Macon County, NC. Jason also serves as the Youth Ministry Director of the Macon Baptist Association and is a graduate of Western Carolina University. He is currently enrolled at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. Jason is married to Sherry Gibson Smith and they have two children, Hope and Grant.

Minister Of Students and Families: Rev. Chris Ciufo

Chris was called to Cowee in November of 2016 to serve as Minister of Students and Families after previously serving the youth at Pine Grove Church in Macon County, NC. Chris is originally from Florida and move to Sylva, NC for school where he would eventually graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University. Chris has a heart for our students and a heart for missions. He also enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking, and sports! Chris is married to Lindsay Ciufo and have three children- Kason, Kori Grace, and Kade.

Children’s Ministry Director: Sierra Womack

Sierra joined the team at Cowee in 2014 to lead the church’s ministry to children. Sierra previously served as a career missionary through the International Mission Board (IMB) where she worked in schools and orphanages. She also has worked as a Head Start home based educator. Sierra has a B.A. in child and family studies from Berea College and a language certificate from the Language Institute of San Jose, Costa Rica. She is married to Charles Womack.

Minister of Care and Outreach: Rev. Ronnie Branson

Ronnie was called to Cowee in November 2009 to assist with the pastoral care of the congregation and to aid with the church’s senior adults and inreach/outreach ministries. He previously served on staff of Highlands First Baptist and is a former chaplain assistant at Wake Forest Hospital and Dorothea Dix Hospital.  Ronnie is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Susan Baldwin Branson and they are the parents of three children, Rebecca, MaryClaire and John.

Care and Outreach Team: Bruce Harwood

Bruce Harwood and his wife Cheryl raised both their daughters at Cowee. The church recognized Bruce’s calling and licensed him as a minister in 2012. In addition to presently serving on the Care and Outreach Team, Bruce is the Chaplain for the Macon County Sheriff’s Department.

Financial Secretary: Cheryl Harwood

Custodian: Mike Geiger