Staff & Leadership

  • JON WIGGINS

    SENIOR Pastor

    Jon joined the staff in 2004 after earning his Bachelor of Science from the University of Mobile. While serving at Skyland Baptist Church he earned his Masters of Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008. His heart is bent on helping this church fulfill the Great Commission. Jon has been married to the beautiful Sommer Wiggins since 2006 and God has blessed them with four wonderful children Josiah, Isaac, Lily Grace and Jonah.


    To contact Pastor Jon, send an email to Jon.Wiggins@SkylandBaptist.com

  • ALEX COWAN

    Associate Pastor, Minister of students

    Alex moved to Tuscaloosa from Scotland in 2014 as part of his work with the Grain Game where he served as their Director of Operations: Africa. Alex has been on full-time staff at Skyland since 2016 and is currently studying at Leavell Bible College. Alex has been married to his wonderful wife Mary Beth since 2013 and they have two amazing children, Ezra and Lydia.


    To contact Pastor Alex, send an email to Alex.Cowan@SkylandBaptist.com

  • Josh Hill

    Minister of Music and education

    Josh joined the staff at Skyland Baptist Church as Minister of Music in October of 2017, upon completion of his Bachelor of Science degree in Worship Leadership from the University of Mobile. His heart is to see believers united in purpose for the multiplication of the Kingdom and the glorification of the Father. He and his wife Tinsley were married in December of 2017.


    To contact Pastor Josh, send an email to Josh.Hill@SkylandBaptist.com

  • Christopher Mock

    Assistant Youth Pastor

    Chris is originally from the small town of Samson, Alabama. He moved to Tuscaloosa to study Psychology at the University of Alabama in the fall of 2014. He has since transferred to Leavell Bible College, where he is studying Christian Ministry, with a focus on Pastoral Ministry. He has served as a youth ministry volunteer and youth pastor at sister churches in Tuscaloosa before serving at Skyland. He and his fiancée Meredith joined our church family in June of 2017. 


    To contact Pastor Chris, send an email to Chris.Mock@SkylandBaptist.com

  • Emily Childers

    CHILDREN'S DIRECTOR

    Emily is originally from Priceville, AL, a small town in North Alabama. After moving to Tuscaloosa in Fall 2008 to study at the University of Alabama, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Emily then taught for 2 years before going back and receiving her Master of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education. Currently, Emily enjoys teaching at Cottondale Elementary and in June 2017 joined the Skyland Baptist team to serve as the Children's Director. 


    To contact Emily, send an email to Emily.Childers@SkylandBaptist.com


  • Niki Olek

    preschool director

    Niki is from Tuscaloosa, where she cheered while attending The University of Alabama. She is married to Nate, and they have two boys: Presley and Patton. Niki has been a member of Skyland for 27 years, and has been the preschool director for almost a year. Her heart's desire is to build relationships, maintain a safe learning environment for the children, and most importantly teach them the infinite love of Christ!