Pastor Rick Standard


Senior Pastor,
Rick has been at Briarwood since November 2005. He and his wife, Laura, have two adult children, Dawn and Ben, and six grandchildren, Sam, Kate, Charlie, Benjamin, Noah, and Selah. Rick plays the guitar and loves the outdoors. He also enjoys a wide range of music.


Associate Pastor/Minister to Students,
Cameron is a recently proud graduate of the University of Georgia with a  degree in Math Education. He is currently engaged to the lovely Allie Weldon; the two will be married this coming fall. He loves sports, the outdoors, and being the office jokester.




 Joe Fraser

Associate Pastor/Minister to College Students and Young Professionals,
Joe joined the Briarwood staff team in July of 2018. Joe spent the last 7 years as a NAMB Collegiate Evangelist on college campuses in San Francisco, CA before moving to Watkinsville. He is married to Megan and they have three awesome kids; Sophie Grace, Liam, and Henry.  Joe enjoys hanging out with family and friends, cooking, and traveling.





Children’s Ministry Director,
Julie recently moved to Oconee County with her husband, Chris, and their three children, Jackson, McKinsey and Jonathan. In her free time, Julie enjoys crafting, reading, and watching her children play sports..



William Kilgore


Classic Blend Worship Leader,
William Kilgore has served as a Music Minister for 18 years and also enjoys singing with the Sons of Jubal. He and his wife, Ora, reside in Statham with their three sons, Christian, Micah, and Bill. William is also the director of bands at West Jackson Middle School in Jackson County. He received his Bachelor’s of Music Education and Masters of Educational Leadership Degrees from the University of Georgia. Mr. Kilgore has earned his Specialist degree from Piedmont College. William loves teaching music and serves the students of WJMS as one of his ministries.


Ministry Assistant,
Christen is a University of Georgia Grad with a degree in Public Relations. She is originally from Moultrie, Georgia, but has lived in the Athens area for over 6 years. Christen enjoys reading, HGTV and all things related to baking.

Doug Ard


Administrative Assistant,
Doug and his wife Mary have two sons, Trevor, his wife Jamie and grandsons, Evan and Avery; and son Ryan. He attends Briarwood Baptist Church and enjoys all types of music.

Ramona Lord


Ramona comes to Briarwood with many years of experience serving the Lord as a church musician. As a private studio piano teacher in the area, she has equipped many students to serve in area churches. Having grown up in a Southern Baptist church and steeped in a strong missions heritage, she is active in missions education and involvement in the local church and across the state. She currently serves as WMU Equipper on the Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia Executive Board. A native of Thomson, Georgia, and a graduate of the University of Georgia, Ramona is married to Ed Lord. They have three adult children, all of whom live in the area: Ora Kilgore, Ginny Manders, and Jay Lord. They are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren.

Lauren Manders

The Bridge Worship Leader
Lauren is currently pursuing a degree in Religion from Liberty University. She loves sharing her passion for music and Jesus with anyone that will listen. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys reading, shopping for candles, and spending time with family.