Meet our staff and get to know their passion for teaching children and their love for watching students grow in the Lord. All of our staff are certified in CPR, First Aid, and Early Childhood Development.
Pastor Allen Thomas
Pastor Allen Thomas has been an active member of Gospel Tabernacle for 28 years. In 2001, he became the liaison pastor for GTA. He has a Master of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership from Southwestern Christian University and serves as Gospel Tabernacle's Children's Pastor. "Pastor Allen" oversees the daily operations of GTA's pre-school, before and after-school, and summer camp programs. He and his, wife Bo have 7 children and 5 grand-children. He loves to see children grow and develop in their relationship with the Lord.
Mrs. Lila Brant
Lila is the cafeteria manager at Gospel Tabernacle Academy. Lila has been cooking for over 10 years. Before cooking she also taught the 3 year old preschool class for 8 years. In conjunction with the Cape Fear Tutoring Food Program we provide a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack. Lila loves watching the children grow strong and healthy.
Laura Person is a Teacher for the 2 and 3-Year-Old classes. Laura graduated from Midway High School in 2019. While there, Laura played multiple team sports, such as basketball, volleyball, softball, and golf. In the midst of Laura’s activities, she obtained her CNA certification. Currently, Laura attends Sampson Community College perusing an Arts Degree as well as an Associates Degree in nursing. Laura loves working with children and enjoys helping them learn and grow academically.
Ms. Kimberly Jeffries
Kimberly Jeffries is the Assistant Teacher for GTA's 4-Year-Old classes. Kimberly has lived in Dunn, NC, most of her life but has lived and traveled to many places overseas. Kimberly began her child care career on a military base in Germany in 1998 and gained over 20 years of experience working with children. Along with her child care experience, Kimberly has obtained an associates degree on Early Childhood with many certificates pertaining to to working with children. Currently, Kimberly is in the Elementary Education program at Fayetteville State University. Kimberly love the Lord and love to help children further their education.
Mrs. Pat Capps
Mrs. Pat has been the director of GTA since 1998. Mrs. Pat is committed to providing every family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning in a Christian
atmosphere. Mrs. Pat currently lives in Erwin with her husband Kenneth and is an active member of Antioch PFWB. When Mrs. Pat is not at GTA she is spending time with her 2 grandsons Kendall and Koen. Mrs. Pat loves children and it is her priority to make sure the children grow not only academically, but spiritually too.
Ms. Eliza Thomas
Eliza Thomas is the lead teacher of the 2 year old class at GTA. Eliza is currently working on her bachelor's degree in Religious Education with a focus on discipleship ministry. Eliza has volunteered at GTA for 5 years and has been an employee since March 2017. Eliza is excellent in potty training children and enjoys watching the children grow in academics as well as growing in the Lord.
Ms. Kebrina Barnes
Kebrina Barnes is the Lead Teacher for GTA's 4-Year-Old class. Kebrina has lived in Dunn, NC for most of her life. Kebrina attended CCCC in Lillington and received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. Kebrina has worked in childcare for over 20 years and has enjoyed working with all the different ages from infants to school age children. Kebrina loves to teach children and help them grow academically.
Mrs. Hannah Cole
Hannah Cole is one of GTA's After-School Counselors. Hannah has worked/volunteered at GTA since 2011 as a summer camp/after school counselor and Pre-school teacher's assistant. When Hannah is not working, she serves as Gospel Tabernacle's interpretive dance instructor while pursuing her bachelor's degree in Religious Education with a focus on discipleship at Heritage Bible College. Hannah enjoys watching the children grow in Christ.
Mrs. Marcy Sasser
Marcy has been employed at GT for 7 years and began doing the finances for GTA in 2016. Marcy graduated from high school with a business background and went to Wayne Community College for childcare. Marcy loves children with a passion, therefore, loves to manage the financial department of GTA. Marcy has participated in many events for children. When Marcy is not working, she cares for the children in the nursery on Sunday morning with her 2 daughters. Marcy enjoys watching children grow in Lord.
Ms. Hannah Tripp
Hannah Tripp is a Teacher for the 2 and 3-Year-Old classes. Hannah attended Cape Fear Christian Academy for 13 years. While she was there, Hannah participated in various clubs such as the Beta Club,
"Big Buddies Little Buddies," and Mission Friends Club. In the midst of these clubs, Hannah completed multiple early college courses to further her education. One day, Hannah would like to pursue a college career in phlebotomy. Hannah loves children and enjoys helping them in their academics and in their spiritual growth.
Ms. Jeanette Sneed
Jeanette Sneed is the Lead Teacher to GTA's 4-Year-Old "Ready, Set, Go!" Class. Jeanette has obtained degrees in Social Work, Religious Education, and Certification in Early Childhood Education. Jeanette has taught first graders as a volunteer teacher for many years. Jeanette has worked as an After-school Instructor for the Dunn Police Athletics League assisting students K-2 grade. Jeanette has furthered her education while employed at GTA by taking and completing Professional Training courses in Early Childhood Development in order to facilitate the needs of students.
Ms. Natalie Thomas
Natalie Thomas is one of GTA’s After-school counselors. Natalie has worked/volunteered at GTA since 2018 as a Summer camp/After-school counselor. When Natalie is not working she serves as an Mpact leader in Gospel Tabernacle's Mpact program which focuses on teaching young girls the gospel of Christ. Natalie loves the Lord as well as working with children, she enjoys watching the children grow in their academics and in the Lord.