On October 22, 2006 Grace Baptist Church was born and Bill Haynes was the founding senior pastor. He continues in the role of Senior Pastor today. On New Years Eve, 1971, he married Rhetta Landers and they have three grown children. Carol-Beth who lives in Orlando, Anna who lives in New York City and Will and Samantha who live in Nashville. Also the very proud grandfather to Adeline born August 2017.
Previously Pastor Haynes served as Senior Policy Analyst for Cultural & Worldview Studies for the American Center for Law & Justice from 2001 until 2004. Prior to that he served as Pastor of First Baptist Sweetwater in the Orlando, FL area from 1991-2001. He served as a Trustee for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 2005-2015. He has served as a visiting professor in Baptist History and Polity at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. Pastor Haynes received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Jacksonville State University in Alabama and his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has done doctoral studies at the Reformed Theological Seminary and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Haynes has pastored churches in the Southern Baptist Convention for the past 30 years in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Kentucky.