Staff

At Oakhurst Baptist we believe in creating relationships that are based on authenticity, mutuality, and cooperation.  Our Pastoral Team strives to do so by dismantling hierarchy and sharing pastoral responsibilities. Our roles and job descriptions are specific, but our leadership is as a team.  Click here to read an article about our Pastoral Team.
Meet the pastors and staff members of Oakhurst Baptist Church – click a name to learn more.
  • Melanie Vaughn-West


    The Reverend Melanie Vaughn-West grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Melanie received her Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. After ordination by Oakhurst Baptist Church in 2001, Melanie served as Pastor of Broadneck Baptist Church in Annapolis, Maryland, from the fall of 2001 to the spring of 2007.

    She holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to attending seminary, she was employed in public relations for the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and as a TV news reporter in Denison, Texas.

    Melanie lives in Decatur, Georgia with her dog Mirabelle.

    Melanie loves talking about Family Systems Theory, the Enneagram, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. She loves to explore the subtle and surprising ways that God communicates with God’s children, especially through animals, trees, and dreams. She also knows almost every “Seinfeld” episode by heart.

  • Ashley Robinson


    Reverend Ashley Robinson comes to Oakhurst after serving as Pastoral Resident at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. During this two-year residency, Ashley was part of the ministerial staff and had regular opportunities to preach, teach, offer pastoral care, and officiate weddings and memorials.

    Ashley is a graduate of Central Baptist Theological Seminary’s Women Leadership Initiative Cohort, earning a Master of Divinity. Through this program she visited Cuba and created relationships with our Alliance of Baptists siblings there.

    Ashley enjoys storytelling, knitting, roasting her own coffee, and spending time with her 60lb. lap dog, Gilbert.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

  • Josh Cowan

    • Interim Music Coordinator
    • joshua@oakhurstbaptist.org

    Josh Cowan has been a member of OBC since he moved to Atlanta in 2011 to complete his MDiv at Candler School of Theology. He has been involved with the youth as well as the musical life at OBC – singing in the choir and playing viola in worship.

    Josh has continued to use his gifts in education, music, and ministry both on an individual basis as well as with various congregations in the Atlanta metro area. He has most recently become involved in ministry with horses at a rescue in Gainsville, GA.

    Josh is excited about reconnecting with the OBC family in musical and worshipful ways while he serves as Interim Music Coordinator.

  • Ash Hawkins


    Ash Hawkins was born and raised in metro Atlanta.  After college, he spent an enriching two years in Japan, and then returned home with an expanded worldview.  He loves living in a multi-cultural city like Atlanta. He enjoys spending time with friends, playing games and solving puzzles and taking walks in the woods.

    His dog, Peanut, works alongside Ash as the “assistant office manager” and loves greeting people when they come to the building!