Meet Our Staff

Dr. Brian Hotaling

Senior Pastor
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A native of New York state, Brian’s first career was as a soldier in the US Army.  After his retirement from the military in 2004, he served as the pastor of a church in Louisiana for five years prior to coming to Charles Town in November of 2009.

He is a graduate of Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia and Luther Rice Seminary in Lithonia, Georgia, and has been awarded his doctoral degree in mid-2015.

The Bible is a fascinating book, complicated and simple at the same time.  When people set aside their preconceived notions about religion and escape the expectations of the culture and the society, the Bible begins to reveal truth about the nature of God, and our own lives as part of God’s creation.

With a healthy sense of humor and a unique approach to preaching, Brian feels that his ministry at Charles Town Baptist is exactly where God wants him to be.

He and his wife Kim have three daughters.  Brian enjoys cycling, fishing, golfing and football.

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Michael Lusby

Associate Pastor
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Michael is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee.  He spent 20 years in ministries that included Associate Pastor, youth, children, recreation, missions and families.  He served in churches in Tennessee, Florida, Texas, and Alabama before moving here to West Virginia in 2014.

He is a graduate of Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee, and he received his master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Michael serves as the Associate Pastor/Minister of Education here at Charles Town Baptist Church.  His duties include leading our church family in education, discipleship, and mission ministries.  His goal is to lead people into the understanding that our Christian walk really is as simple as Jesus told us – love God and love others.  Life is fascinating as God’s Word reveals its ultimate truth in this world day by day.

Michael and his wife Tara have 2 sons and a daughter.  He enjoys the outdoors, golf, family time and watching any activity his children are involved.

Kerri Coyle Smith

Music Director

Kerri has been part of the music ministry at Charles Town Baptist church for over 30 years, starting as a child in Children’s Choir.  She had her first solo at the age of 5, and has not stopped singing since.  She studied voice at Shepherd University, and is proficient in piano, clarinet, french horn, and trumpet.

Kerri sensed her call to music ministry at the retirement of her uncle, Dr. Michael Martin, our former music director.  She believes that the music ministry at CTBC should create an atmosphere where we can focus on the the person of God, who He is, and what he is doing in our lives.

She is married to Joseph “Smitty” Smith, and has two handsome sons, and two beautiful step-daughters.

Dawn Ball


Dawn Ball has been employed by Charles Town Baptist Church since August of 2003. She is a dedicated professional who thoroughly enjoys working in  the administrative side of Christian ministry.

Dawn manages the church’s publications, helps the pastor manage both his and the church’s schedules, and is usually the voice you will hear when you call the church.  She values the people of this church and her fellow staff members.  Dawn  considers being employed here the greatest opportunity of her professional life and personal growth as a Christian.

She has been married for 20 wonderful years to Bill Ball, and is the proud mother of Mary, her teen-aged daughter.   When not at work Dawn enjoys reading, cooking, visiting with friends and family and entertaining at home.