Jay Watkins has served as pastor of Redland Baptist Church in Valdosta Georgia for over 20 years. He has led the church from 60 to over 600 in attendance and membership. Pastor Watkins serves as a Trustee on the North American Missions Board (NAMB), and sits on several national committees. Jay has led the Valdosta Baptist Association in large outreach events like Community Day where over 70,000 people have been given essentials like food, clothing, medical help, plus much more. This idea has grown from a South Georgia effort into a national movement to reach strategic cities in North America.
Redland Baptist Church has also started, under Jay’s leadership, a fine arts academy where at-risk children from the community are bused to the church for various classes (equestrian, various musical instruments, sports, etc.) His heart is to help others know the love of Jesus Christ and that tomorrow can be brighter than what they may be experiencing today. Jay is married to Sandra Watkins and they have five adopted children. Adoptions are also very important to Jay, and he and Patti Karras have helped many families experiences the blessings of adoption.
Rylee Gilbert, LMSW
Case Support Supervisor
Ashley joined the Camp Rock of Georgia Inc. team in April 2019. Ashley previously worked at the Department of Family and Children Services for 2 years before becoming the Case Worker at Camp Rock of Georgia Inc. In July 2020, she assumed the role of Case Support Supervisor. Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Ferris State University in 2016. She graduated with her master’s degree in Social Work from Valdosta State University in May 2020. Ashley is from Northern Michigan. She and her husband relocated to Valdosta after he was stationed at Moody, AFB.
Ashley and her husband welcomed their first child in September 2019. Ashley has a passion for foster care and wants to ensure all children’s well-being needs are met.
Case Support Worker
The newest addition to the Camp Rock team, Blake Connell, joined us in January 2021. Blake has taken on the role of Case Support Worker. In December of 2017, Blake graduated from Valdosta State University with his bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in Psychology. Blake is from Adel, GA and currently resides in Valdosta, GA. He is the father of one son named Aiden, who is Blake’s biggest fan. Blake is passionate about helping children receive every opportunity to reach their fullest potential to ensure they live their best life possible.
Sandra is a mom to 5 children. For the last 18 years, her role as mother, wife and professional has kept her busy. Sandra has worked alongside her husband in ministry for the last 24 years. She has been married to Jay, senior pastor at Redland Baptist Church, for almost 25 years. Sandra was a customer service representive in Banking for the last 20 years. She is also trained as an Emergency Medical Technician. She took a brief time off from work to be a stay home mom. She now serves in the role of Administrative Assistant at Camp Rock of Georgia, Inc.