Celebration Ministry Staffing Team
DR. PHIL BARFOOT
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Phil Barfoot is an internationally known composer, author, and music ministry professional who has written and created more than 40 major choral collections and musicals that collectively include more than 300 songs. His popular music ministry manuals, The Ultimate Idea Book for Music Ministry, volumes one and two, published by Word Music, are used by more than 7,000 churches and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Dr. Barfoot’s devotional book, New Every Morning, published by B&H publishers, features devotionals by 118 premiere worship pastors, ministers of music and Christian university professors across America. His newest devotional book, Rise Up and Praise Him, published by CCT publishing, features devotionals by 270 premiere worship pastors, ministers of music and Christian university professors across America.
Currently, he is CEO/president of Celebration Concert Tours, a Franklin, Tennessee–based choir travel company that takes choral groups on travel adventures, singing in the great venues of the world. Recent tours include Christmas in New York at Carnegie Hall, Worship in Washington at Kennedy Center, The Bethlehem Christmas Festival and the Music City Celebration at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Dr. Barfoot is also CEO/president of CCT Music, a music publishing and recording company he founded in January 1999 that produces custom recordings for church choirs. CCT Music has produced and recorded more than 500 local church choirs since September 2000. Dr. Barfoot also serves as a consultant with LifeWay Worship and produces two new choral projects for LifeWay every year.
He most recently founded Celebration Ministry Staffing, a company dedicated to equipping the local church with the finest, most effective Ministry leadership.
Dr. Barfoot holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Vanguard University and a Doctor of Literature degree from Southern California Theological Seminary. He resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife, Sheri. They have three children, Aaron (application developer at Core10, Franklin, Tennessee), Adam (a graduate student at University of Tennessee - Chattanooga), and Amy, who holds a Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California, and is a lead clinical psychologist at the Whittier, California, VA Hospital. She and her husband, Steve, have a beautiful seven-year-old daughter, Elise Ann, and handsome three-year-old son, Austin Steven.
Chief Operating Officer
Kathy has spent much of her Sales and Marketing career working with Ministers of Music across the country, representing music publishing companies and specializing in choral print music. Kathy was Director of Sales for Prism Music and Diadem Music Group; and was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing. Kathy is the founder of Access Management and spent 5 years managing Christian Artists and speakers; working with the marketing for the Left Behind movie series and managing the music tours promoting the soundtracks to the movies.
In 2007, Kathy accepted a position with Select Medical, the largest provider of outpatient services in the country. Moving from Christian Publishing to secular recruitment was a drastic change in responsibilities and environment; but provided an unparalleled opportunity to cultivate new skills, learn new systems and learn an entire new industry. She spent 13 years as a Regional Recruiter with Select Medical Group; the largest provider of outpatient services in the country. In 2019 Kathy joined Confluent Health as Director of Talent Acquisition; developing and leading a national recruiting team. The last 15 years has been an incredible time of growth; but Kathy is thrilled to get back to her time in ministry.
Kathy King is a graduate of Baylor University with a degree in Marketing. She is the widow of George King, former President of Reunion Music Group; mother to Christopher and soon to be Mother-in -Law to his bride to be; Ashley!
VP of Finance
Sheri Barfoot brings over 35 years of church music ministry and industry experience to Celebration Ministry Staffing. She’s a native of Southern California and has a BA in Diversified Studies and minor in Business Management from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA.
She is married to Phil Barfoot and has worked along side him to build and develop his music ministries, church choral music with LifeWay Worship Group, Celebration Concert Tours International and now, Celebration Ministry Staffing. She runs the day to day operations and finances of their companies. Sheri finds her greatest joy in spending time with her family and friends and rejoices in their successes. She also enjoys traveling and singing in the CCT concerts.
Taylors, South Carolina
Kevin Batson has been a career church musician for over thirty-six years, serving churches in North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, and Missouri. His choirs have performed in thirteen states, as well as in Mexico, Canada, Chile, and Great Britain. Since 2008 he has served as Worship Pastor at Taylors First Baptist Church in Greenville, SC, where he directs four choirs from ages 10 to 90, and leads weekly worship services. He is a graduate of Furman University (SC) and earned a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (TX). Kevin has been a featured soloist with the Greenville (SC) Chorale, and sings with the 24-voice professional group, the Herring Chamber Ensemble. He and his wife, Teresa, have two grown daughters and two grandchildren, ages 1 and 4.
Port St. Joe, FL
Scott White is transitioning from 25 years as the Sr. Minister of Music & Worship, with Pastor Johnny Hunt at FBC Woodstock, GA.
* Executive Director of Program Development @ World Catalyst Solutions & Power of Grace Radio Ministries, Hendersonville, TN August 2019-Present
* Sr. Minister of Music & Worship @ First Baptist Church Woodstock, Woodstock, GA since 1994-2019
* Full Time Minister of Music in a local Southern Baptist Church since 1980 (39+ years)
* Music Director for the Southern Baptist Convention (3 times): Orlando, FL 2000, San Antonio, TX 2007 and Orlando, FL 2010
* Music Director for the Southern Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference 1996
* Graduate of Port St Joe Jr-Sr High School, Port St Joe, FL 1976
* Graduate of Mobile College (University of Mobile), Mobile, AL 1980 BA Degree in Music
* Graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 1984 Master of Religious Education with a Church Music Minor
* Married to Amelia White for 39 years
* Son, Daughter-in-law & Grandson’s: Dallas (34), Amanda (32), Judah White (8) & Cooper White (5), Braden White (3) & Ethan White (1) Daughter & Son-in-law: Olivia (28) & Chris (29)
BR Johnson has a strong passion for the Church and brings over 40 years of experience serving as Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor, and Worship Leader providing visionary leadership development and direction for success. Has served Churches ranging in size from 30 to over 3,000. He has trained Pastors in over 20 countries including Venezuela, Canada, Panama, Honduras, Moldova, Romania, Jamaica, Haiti, and across 7 Countries in East Africa.
He has structured new Church organizations and restructured existing ones. He has a D.Ed. Min degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an Independent Certified Coach, Trainer and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team, Certified DISC Behavior Analysis Consultant and trained in Crucial Conversations by Vital Smarts. He is a published author and freelance writer. His biggest claim to fame is being married to Charlene for over 36 years!
VP of Operations
Brian was born and raised in the Southwestern mountains of Virginia. He moved to Virginia Beach at the age of 18 to pursue a music career, where he ended up meeting his wife, Amanda. In 2003, they moved to Georgia where Brian served on the praise team at Church in the Now in Conyers, Ga.
Brian brings over 25 years’ experience as a touring and studio musician, as well as 15+ years of sales and customer service experience, to the Celebration Ministry Staffing table.
After moving to Nashville in 2012 to continue pursuing his music career, he joined the CMS team in early 2020.
He now resides in Columbia, TN with his wife, Amanda and son, Landon. They also love animals and have 3 spoiled dogs named Charlie, Lucy and Bo.
Cole is a Tennessee native. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
His 12+ years of experience in the Camp and Conference industry across various roles including management and customer service has helped to develop a servant’s heart within Cole and given him a knowledge and passion for hospitality.
Cole and his wife, Kazeray, reside in Linden, TN with their dog, Rusty.
Executive Assistant to Phil Barfoot
Jordan was born and raised in Paris, TX. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma with minors in Business and Human Relations, which he earned in May 2019.
Jordan brings a lot of administrative experience to Celebration Ministry Staffing including work in Human Resources at Target in Fayetteville, AR and working as a manager for the University of Oklahoma’s Track & Field team.
Loves traveling, playing golf and listening to country music. He now resides in Nashville, TN.
Shannon grew up in northeast Texas where she served in the Texas Army National Guard for 9 years. She
met and married her husband David in the 1990’s. They have four adult children.
Shannon has over 15 years’ experience in Booking/Managing/Road Managing for multiple Christian Artists.
She has worked in various organizations from doctor’s offices, hospitals, cable installation, construction, mortgages and family counseling. Customer service is a top priority for her.
Shannon and her family moved to middle Tennessee in 2006 and love being close to Music City.