Dr. Michael Brooks - Lead Pastor

Dr. Michael Brooks and his wife, Donna, have been serving Siluria Baptist Church since June 30, 2014. He earned the B.A. degree in religion and speech from Samford University, the M.A. in speech communication from Auburn University, and both the M.Div. and D.Min. degrees at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

His hobbies include writing for publication - including a weekly devotional and evangelical column used in newspapers around the state (see Pastor's Reflections on this site and the Siluria Facebook page), reading—especially history and biography—and collecting political memorabilia. He's treasurer of the Republican Political Items Collectors and vice-president and newsletter editor of the Carter Political Items Collectors. Currently, he's serving on the board of the Alabama Citizens Action Program (ALCAP), an organization that deals with legislative and moral issues, and as chair of the Christian Life Commission of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. He is immediate past president of the Shelby County Baptist Association's pastors conference and moderator of the association.

The Brookses are parents to two children, Jami and John, and grandparents to three boys, all living in the Birmingham area.

Our pastor is excited about opportunities for ministry and growth at Siluria Baptist Church.


Austin Hamilton - Music Minister

Our music ministry is led by music minister, Austin Hamilton. Austin is a native of Milledgeville, Georgia and a graduate of Berry College where he worked in the office of the campus chaplain. Austin served as music ministry intern in 2016 at First Baptist Church, Huntsville. He's now enrolled in the master’s program in church worship at Samford University. Austin is a talented vocalist and guitarist.


Jim Hancock - Student Pastor

Jim Hancock is originally from North Alabama but has been a resident of Calera for over 27 years. He works as a professional electrician. He earned a ministry certificate from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminay. Jim has been married to his wife, Darlene, for nearly 30 years. They have two grown children, Ashley and Andy, and three grandchildren.

Jim has a passion to influence young people and teach them about Christ. He wants to teach not only God’s inspired Word, but how young people can apply it in their lives. Jim is excited to serve as Siluria’s bi-vocational student minister.

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Katie Abney - Office Manager

Katie has served as office manager since June 2007. She is known for her superb organization, hard work and her passion for serving others. Each week she handles the day-to-day responsibilities in the office with a smile and a heart of compassion. Katie earned a history degree from the University of Montevallo and loves to read in her spare time.