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Dr. Bruce Chesser

Dr. Bruce Chesser

Lead Pastor

An Alabama native, Bruce Chesser attended the University of Mobile (BA in Pyschology), then Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master’s degree and Doctor of Ministries degree. He and his wife, Joy, met in college and married in 1978 during their seminary years. They have two sons–Justin, who is married to Meredith, and Travis. Justin and Meredith are both 2006 graduates of the University of Alabama and they live in Montgomery, Alabama. Justin and Meredith have one child, Ruthie, born in September, 2015. Justin is in the construction business and Meredith is a CPA.  Travis graduated from the University of Alabama in 2012 and now lives in Nashville and works as a Buyer for the Dollar General corporate office in Goodlettsville. Travis also earned an MBA degree from Union University in 2017. The Chessers have served the following churches: First Baptist, Spearman, Texas; First Baptist, Opp, Alabama; Fayette First Baptist, Fayette, Alabama; Calvary Baptist, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Geyer Springs First Baptist, Little Rock, Arkansas; and First Baptist Church of Hendersonville since August 2009. Bruce enjoys all sports, especially involving the University of Alabama. He is also a fan of the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators.

MINISTRY STAFF

Bruce Raley

Bruce Raley

Executive Pastor

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Greg Crane

Greg Crane

Worship Pastor

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Josh Waugh

Josh Waugh

Associate Worship Pastor

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Richard Gaia

Richard Gaia

Associate Pastor

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Jerry Wooley

Jerry Wooley

Minister of Adults/Mature Adult Pastor

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Ben Baxley

Ben Baxley

Young Adult Minister

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Brandon James

Brandon James

Family Pastor

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Daniel Rogers

Daniel Rogers

College Minister

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Cody Mather

Cody Mather

High School Pastor

Jeff Henry

Jeff Henry

Middle School Pastor

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Mark Hayman

Mark Hayman

Minister of Children

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Phil Hoyt

Phil Hoyt

Preschool Pastor

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Ben Swaby

Ben Swaby

Director of Communications and Information Technology

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Jeff Lake

Jeff Lake

Family Ministry Center Pastor

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Mike McClanahan

Mike McClanahan

Missions Minister

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Dr. Ray Cleek

Dr. Ray Cleek

Administrator/Assistant Director Counseling Ministries and Minister of Pastoral Care

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Jason Gibson

Jason Gibson

Director

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Administration

Bruce Raley

Bruce Raley

Executive Pastor

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Ben Swaby

Ben Swaby

Dir. of Communications & Information Technology

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Linda Brewington

Linda Brewington

Financial Administrator

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Cindy Hodges

Cindy Hodges

Administrative Assistant to Senior Pastor

Gina Kennedy

Gina Kennedy

Associate to Executive Pastor

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Emily Windsor

Emily Windsor

Administrative Assistant Executive Pastor

Beverly Pittman

Beverly Pittman

Financial Resource Specialist

Diane Goad

Diane Goad

Financial Resources Specialist

Glenda Messer

Glenda Messer

Receptionist

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Sherry Brewington

Sherry Brewington

Associate System & Web Administrator

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Carol Stoops

Carol Stoops

Event Calendar Coordinator

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Dewayne White

Dewayne White

Facilities Manager

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Dottie Morris

Dottie Morris

Business Resource Specialist

Linda Hobbs

Linda Hobbs

Accounting/HR Specialist

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Adult

Jerry Wooley

Jerry Wooley

Minister of Adults/Mature Adult Pastor

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Ben Baxley

Ben Baxley

Young Adult Minister

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Carolyn White

Carolyn White

Mature Adult Ministry Assistant

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Melany Glover

Melany Glover

Adult Discipleship Assistant

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Amy Elrod

Amy Elrod

Education Ministry Assistant

Sherrie Thomas

Sherrie Thomas

Connect Group Ministry Assistant

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Children

Mark Hayman

Mark Hayman

Minister of Children

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Robbie Green

Robbie Green

Children’s Ministry Assistant

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Rena Johnson

Rena Johnson

K-1st Grade & Special Kids Sunday School Coordinator

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Jori Abbott

Jori Abbott

VBS Director

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Michael McMullin

Michael McMullin

Children's Worship Coordinator

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Emily Grisard

Emily Grisard

2nd-3rd Grade Sunday school Coordinator

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Melissa Whitworth

Melissa Whitworth

4th-5th Grade Sunday school Coordinator

Anne Love

Anne Love

Assistant VBS Director

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CounselinG Center

Jason Gibson

Jason Gibson

Director

Dr. Ray Cleek

Dr. Ray Cleek

Administrator/Assistant Director Counseling Ministries and Minister of Pastoral Care

Corey Watson

Corey Watson

Office Manager

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Laura Ruddell

Laura Ruddell

Administrative Assistant

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Tammy Spaulding

Tammy Spaulding

Administrative Assistant

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Vickie Woytach

Vickie Woytach

Administrative Assistant

Breanne Childress

Breanne Childress

Administrative Assistant

Dixie Walker

Dixie Walker

Communications Coordinator

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Facilities

Harold Sterry

Harold Sterry

Maintenance Supervisor

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Todd Gilley

Todd Gilley

Operations Manager

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Dewayne White

Dewayne White

Facilities Manager

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Roxana Hutchinson

Roxana Hutchinson

Facilities Assistant

Family Ministry Center

Jeff Lake

Jeff Lake

Family Ministry Center Pastor

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David Meyer

David Meyer

Fitness Director

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Lisa Hayward

Lisa Hayward

FMC Events Coordinator

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John King

John King

Wave Camp Director

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Angie Buck

Angie Buck

Food Service Director

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Jake Poore

Jake Poore

FMC Associate

Beth Hackett

Beth Hackett

FMC Business Manager

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MIssions

Mike McClanahan

Mike McClanahan

Missions Minister

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Paula Kingsbury

Paula Kingsbury

Missions Ministry Assistant

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Mary Jane Payne

Mary Jane Payne

Missions Ministry Associate

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Communications

Ben Swaby

Ben Swaby

Director of Communications and Information Technology

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Sherry Brewington

Sherry Brewington

Associate System & Web Administrator

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Shawnel Corley

Shawnel Corley

Communications Project Coordinator

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Amanda Everson

Amanda Everson

Graphic Designer

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Lauren Carnahan

Lauren Carnahan

Digital Marketing Analyst

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Student

Brandon James

Brandon James

Family Pastor

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Daniel Rogers

Daniel Rogers

College Minister

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Cody Mather

Cody Mather

High School Pastor

Jeff Henry

Jeff Henry

Middle School Pastor

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Amy Corbin

Amy Corbin

Student Ministry Administrative Assistant

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Isaac Pittman

Isaac Pittman

High School Ministry Associate

Melissa Payne

Melissa Payne

Girl's Ministry

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Melissa Fudge

Melissa Fudge

Middle School Ministry Assistant/Student Ministry Assimilation Coordinator

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Kelly McKinley

Kelly McKinley

Middle School Associate

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Katie Crockett

Katie Crockett

College-Age Intern

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Preschool

Phil Hoyt

Phil Hoyt

Preschool Pastor

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Dana Crotts

Dana Crotts

Preschool Ministry Assistant

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Lisa Bates

Lisa Bates

Ministry Specialist for Younger Preschoolers

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Annette Brimm

Annette Brimm

Ministry Specialist for Middle Preschoolers

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Dawn Etherton

Dawn Etherton

Classroom Coordinator

Sharon Eades

Sharon Eades

Weekday Early Education Director

Sheila Johnston

Sheila Johnston

Childcare Coordinator

Ramona Moll

Ramona Moll

Mission Education and Preschool Special Events Coordinator

Andrea Gregory

Andrea Gregory

Preschool Choir Coordinator

Candi Sharpe

Candi Sharpe

Supply/Resource Coordinator

Linda Maupin

Linda Maupin

Classroom Coordinator

Lori Schirg

Lori Schirg

Ministry Specialist for Older Preschoolers

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Worship

Greg Crane

Greg Crane

Worship Pastor

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Josh Waugh

Josh Waugh

Associate Worship Pastor

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Kevin Dye

Kevin Dye

Director of Orchestra

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Meg Womack

Meg Womack

Worship Ministry Assistant

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Jesse Benfield

Jesse Benfield

Director of Audio/Video Ministry

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Keith Curley

Keith Curley

Audio/Visual Technician

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Suzanne Grissom

Suzanne Grissom

Media Ministry Specialist

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Regan Nichols

Regan Nichols

School of Fine Arts Director

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Andrea Gregory

Andrea Gregory

Preschool Choir Coordinator

Meredith Simmons

Meredith Simmons

Children's Choir Assistant

Tammy Klapwyk

Tammy Klapwyk

K-2nd Grade Children's Choir Coordinator

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Katie Lawrence

Katie Lawrence

Children's Choir Coordinator

Beverly Gaia

Beverly Gaia

Assistant Accompanist & Orchestra Librarian

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Gary Neeley

Gary Neeley

Pianist

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Zyg Durski

Zyg Durski

Organist

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Melissa Hawkins

Melissa Hawkins

3rd-5th Grade Children's Choir Coordinator