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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 Chesapeake, Virginia, where he is a Category Director for the Family Dollar division of Dollar Tree Corporation. 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

Assistant to Senior Associate Pastor

Ben Baxley

Ben Baxley

Associate Pastor / Adults

Gina Kennedy

Gina Kennedy

Director of Member and Guest Services

Jerry Wooley

Jerry Wooley

Associate Pastor

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Cindy Hodges

Cindy Hodges

Senior Pastor’s Assistant/Church Clerk

Jeff Lake

Jeff Lake

Associate Pastor

ADMINISTRATION

Shannon Benefiel

Shannon Benefiel

Associate Pastor of Operations

Adam Hunsucker

Adam Hunsucker

Accounts Payable

Annette Carter

Annette Carter

Finance Manager

Linda Hobbs

Linda Hobbs

Accounting/HR Specialist

Carol Stoops

Carol Stoops

Financial Resource Specialist

WORSHIP

Jason Breland

Jason Breland

Worship Pastor

Josh Waugh

Josh Waugh

Minister of Worship

Kevin Dye

Kevin Dye

Orchestra Director

Regan Nichols

Regan Nichols

Contemporary Worship & Orchestra Assistant

Jesse Benfield

Jesse Benfield

Director of Worship Production

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

Minister of Missions

Mary Jane Payne

Mary Jane Payne

Missions Ministry Assistant

Megan Ausland

Megan Ausland

Missions Specialist

Chris Mills

Chris Mills

Church Planter in Residence, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, NY

Sergio Arce

Sergio Arce

Revitalization Pastor assigned to Madison First Baptist

ADULT

Ben Baxley

Ben Baxley

Associate Pastor / Adults

Daniel Rogers

Daniel Rogers

Minister of Community Outreach

Bo Griswold

Bo Griswold

Minister of College / Young Pros

Lora Raymer

Lora Raymer

Church Management System Administrator

Chuan Anderson

Chuan Anderson

Director of Women’s Ministry

Carolyn White

Carolyn White

Associate Pastor’s Assistant

Chris Brunt

Chris Brunt

Minister to Men

Sherrie Thomas

Sherrie Thomas

Connect Group Ministry Assistant

NEXT GEN

Brett Brandewie

Brett Brandewie

Family Pastor

PRESCHOOL

Phil Hoyt

Phil Hoyt

Minister of Preschool

Sheila Johnston

Sheila Johnston

Director of Childcare

Natalie Gregg

Natalie Gregg

Kid-Venture: Music Director

Lisa Bates

Lisa Bates

Ministry Specialist for Younger Preschoolers

Annette Brimm

Annette Brimm

Ministry Specialist for Middle Preschoolers

Tammy Klapwyk

Tammy Klapwyk

Weekday Early Education Director

Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee

Preschool Ministry Specialist – Older Preschoolers

Ramona Moll

Ramona Moll

Kid-Venture: Missions Director

Special Events Coordinator

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Candi Sharpe

Candi Sharpe

Supply/Resource Coordinator

Stephanie Mannon

Stephanie Mannon

WEE Assistant

Linda Maupin

Linda Maupin

Classroom Coordinator

Kids Ministry

Mark Hayman

Mark Hayman

Minister of Kids

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

PRETEEN

Melissa Whitworth

Melissa Whitworth

Director of Preteen Ministry

Noah Agee

Noah Agee

Preteen Ministry Associate

STUDENT MINISTRY

Nate McGehee

Nate McGehee

Minister of Middle School

Rebecca Espy

Rebecca Espy

Director of Girls Ministry

Amy Corbin

Amy Corbin

Student Ministry Logistics Coordinator

Blaike Smith

Blaike Smith

Student Ministry Administrative Assistant

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Ben Swaby

Ben Swaby

Director of Technology Solutions

Sherry Brewington

Sherry Brewington

Associate System Administrator

COMMUNICATIONS

Abbye Chizever

Abbye Chizever

Director of Communications

Aaron Lindsey

Aaron Lindsey

Web and Online Video Manager

Amanda Everson

Amanda Everson

Graphic Designer

Janae Leeke

Janae Leeke

Social Media Specialist and Copywriter

Hannah Miller

Hannah Miller

Project Coordinator

COUNSELING CENTER

Jason Gibson

Jason Gibson

Director Babb Center

Dr. Ray Cleek

Dr. Ray Cleek

Assistant Director Babb Center

Corey Watson

Corey Watson

Office Manager

FAMILY MINISTRY CENTER

David Meyer

David Meyer

Director of Family Ministry Center

Jeff Lake

Jeff Lake

Associate Pastor

Jake Poore

Jake Poore

Director of Recreation

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