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Dr. Bruce Chesser

Dr. Bruce Chesser

Lead Pastor

An Alabama native, Bruce Chesser attended the University of Mobile (BA in Psychology), 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 two daughters. Ruthie was born in September, 2015 and Fran was born in September 2020 . 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 Senior Buyer for the Dollar General corporate office in Goodlettsville. Travis also earned an MBA degree from Union University in 2017. The Chesser’s 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 was elected President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention in 2019.  Bruce enjoys all sports, especially involving the University of Alabama. He is also a fan of the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators.

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Bruce Raley

Bruce Raley

Senior Associate Pastor

Joy Sharp

Joy Sharp

Executive Pastor's Assistant

Jerry Wooley

Jerry Wooley

Associate Pastor.

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Carolyn White

Carolyn White

Associate Pastor’s Assistant

Cindy Hodges

Cindy Hodges

Senior Pastor’s Assistant/Church Clerk

Gina Kennedy

Gina Kennedy

Director of Member and Guest Services

ADMINISTRATION

Shannon Benefiel

Shannon Benefiel

Minister of Church Administration

Annette Carter

Annette Carter

Finance Manager

Linda Hobbs

Linda Hobbs

Accounting/HR Specialist

Dottie Morris

Dottie Morris

Business Resource Specialist

Glenda Messer

Glenda Messer

Receptionist

WORSHIP

Greg Crane

Greg Crane

Worship Minister

Josh Waugh

Josh Waugh

Contemporary Worship Pastor

Kevin Dye

Kevin Dye

Orchestra Director

Regan Nichols

Regan Nichols

Contemporary Worship & Orchestra Assistant

Jesse Benfield

Jesse Benfield

Audio/Video Ministry Director

Keith Curley

Keith Curley

Audio/Visual Technician

Suzanne Grissom

Suzanne Grissom

Media Ministry Specialist

Kathy Franz

Kathy Franz

Music Ministry Assistant

Gary Neeley

Gary Neeley

Pianist

Beverly Gaia

Beverly Gaia

Assistant Accompanist

Alton Gibson

Alton Gibson

Organist

MISSIONS

Mike McClanahan

Mike McClanahan

Missions Minister

Brayden Brewington

Brayden Brewington

Missions Ministry Assistant

Mary Jane Payne

Mary Jane Payne

Missions Ministry Associate

ADULT

Ben Baxley

Ben Baxley

Minister to Adults

Sherrie Thomas

Sherrie Thomas

Connect Group Ministry Assistant

Chuan Anderson

Chuan Anderson

Director of Women’s Ministry

Chris Brunt

Chris Brunt

Pastoral Care and Men’s Minister

Daniel Rogers

Daniel Rogers

Adult Team Associate Minister

NEXT GEN

Brandon James

Brandon James

Family Pastor

PRESCHOOL

Phil Hoyt

Phil Hoyt

Preschool Minister

Carol Stoops

Carol Stoops

Preschool Ministry Assistant

Sheila Johnston

Sheila Johnston

Director of Childcare

Tammy Klapwyk

Tammy Klapwyk

Weekday Early Education Director

Lisa Bates

Lisa Bates

Ministry Specialist for Younger Preschoolers

Annette Brimm

Annette Brimm

Ministry Specialist for Middle Preschoolers

Lori Schirg

Lori Schirg

Ministry Specialist for Older Preschoolers

Stephanie Mannon

Stephanie Mannon

WEE Assistant

Ramona Moll

Ramona Moll

Kid-Venture Director – Special Events Coordinator

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Candi Sharpe

Candi Sharpe

Supply/Resource Coordinator

Linda Maupin

Linda Maupin

Classroom Coordinator

CHILDREN

Mark Hayman

Mark Hayman

Children's Minister

Robbie Green

Robbie Green

Children’s Ministry Assistant

Emily Grisard

Emily Grisard

2nd-3rd Grade Connect Groups

Michael McMullin

Michael McMullin

Children's Worship Coordinator

Tasha Cole

Tasha Cole

Team K-3 Coordinator

Samantha Mitchell

Samantha Mitchell

2nd-3rd Grade Music Coordinator

Jori Abbott

Jori Abbott

VBS Director

Anne Love

Anne Love

Assistant VBS Director

PRETEEN

Melissa Whitworth

Melissa Whitworth

Preteen Ministry Director

Noah Agee

Noah Agee

Preteen Ministry Associate

STUDENT MINISTRY

Rebecca Espy

Rebecca Espy

Director of Girls Ministry

Nate McGehee

Nate McGehee

Middle School Pastor

Amy Corbin

Amy Corbin

Student Ministry Logistics Coordinator

Blaike Smith

Blaike Smith

Student Ministry Administrative Assistant

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Ben Swaby

Ben Swaby

Director of Information Technology

Sherry Brewington

Sherry Brewington

Associate System Administrator

COMMUNICATIONS

Abbye Chizever

Abbye Chizever

Director of Communication

Shawnel Corley

Shawnel Corley

Project Coordinator and Graphic Designer

Amanda Everson

Amanda Everson

Graphic Designer

Aaron Lindsey

Aaron Lindsey

Web Manager and Social Media

COUNSELING CENTER

Jason Gibson

Jason Gibson

BabbCenter for Counseling Director

Dr. Ray Cleek

Dr. Ray Cleek

Assistant Director and Administrator of BabbCenter for Counseling / Pastoral Care Minister

Corey Watson

Corey Watson

Office Manager

Tammy Spaulding

Tammy Spaulding

Administrative Assistant

Dixie Walker

Dixie Walker

Communications Coordinator

FAMILY MINISTRY CENTER

David Meyer

David Meyer

Director of FMC

Jeff Lake

Jeff Lake

Minister of Community Outreach

Jake Poore

Jake Poore

Director of Recreation

Taylor Dartt

Taylor Dartt

Assistant Director of Recreation

Angie Buck

Angie Buck

Food Services Director

FACILITIES

Dewayne White

Dewayne White

Facilities Manager

Todd Gilley

Todd Gilley

Operations Manager

Harold Sterry

Harold Sterry

Maintenance Supervisor

Roxana Hutchinson

Roxana Hutchinson

Facilities Assistant