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.
Director of Recruiting
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.
Director of Candidate Placement
Ken served as Director of Music Publications for Word Music and Editorial Project Leader (Choral) for Lifeway Worship. He was the Associate or Senior Editor for four hymnals: Word's "Hymnal for Worship and Celebration" (1986), "Songs for Praise & Worship" (1991) and "The Celebration Hymnal" (1996); and Lifeway's "Baptist Hymnal" ("The Worship Hymnal") (2008). He also helped lay the groundwork for lifewayworship.com. Hundreds of his choral anthems and piano arrangements have been published. He had the privilege of editing all of Phil Barfoot's Christmas collections and anthems over the past twelve years, in addition to the rest of Lifeway's choral catalog.
Ken has been married to Brenda for 39 years, and they have 11 children, a little "U.N." because they are all adopted from six different countries. He is also blessed with four wonderful grandchildren. Ken recently wrote and released a book about each adoption and homeland journey they took when their children were in high school to reconnect them with their birth countries and in some cases with birth families. The book is titled "Coming Home" and is available as a paperback and in Kindle format on Amazon.
Ken has been working the past 7.5 years at Goodlettsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church as Worship Specialist/Pianist/Choir Director. Now he also serves as Director of Candidate Placement for Celebration Ministry Staffing. Ken plays the trumpet and piano, and earned a BME from West Texas A&M University (1977) and an MME from the University of North Texas (1979). He also started kenbarkermusic.com, featuring creative new piano arrangements from several arrangers, with additional distribution through the J.W. Pepper catalog.
Executive Director - Senior Pastor Division
CELEBRATION MINISTRY STAFFING is pleased to announce a Strategic Partnership with Johnny Hunt and Johnny Hunt Ministries. Johnny is known throughout the world as a best-selling author, former Pastor of First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia, and former President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Johnny currently serves as Sr. Vice President of Evangelism and Leadership at the North American Mission Board (NAMB).
Phil Barfoot, CEO of Celebration Ministry Staffing said “We are thrilled to partner with Johnny Hunt as we expand into providing Senior Pastors and all church staff positions for churches throughout the world! Johnny’s passion to encourage, inspire and mentor the next generation of ministers, combined with the support and commitment of CMS to provide the finest in church leadership, will create a powerful partnership to impact the church for years to come!"
DR. DAVID DYKES
Executive Partner- Senior Pastor Division
David Orlo Dykes grew up in South Alabama where he came to know the Lord as a child and started preaching when he was 17. He is a graduate of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, having received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975. He received his Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His doctoral emphasis was on evangelism and church growth. He received post-doctoral training at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate from East Texas Baptist University in 2018.
He has been preaching since 1970 and pastored churches in Alabama before coming to pastor Green Acres Baptist Church in 1991. Green Acres is recognized as one of the leading churches in America, in terms of missions and evangelism. The church has over 17,000 members and is known around the world for its emphasis on direct missions. Annually, Green Acres sends over 1,000 volunteer missionaries to various locations worldwide. Green Acres has been the #1 church among Southern Baptists in the amount given to the Cooperative Program for the last 25 years. Green Acres has given over $40 Million to missions through the Cooperative Program since Pastor David came to serve as Pastor.
David has published articles in Moody Monthly, Church Administration and Guideposts. He is the author of twenty-two books including: Handling Life’s Disappointments, Do Angels Really Exist?, The Spiritual Powerbook, Ten Requirements for America’s Survival, Daniel: Character out of Chaos, Angels Really Do Exist, Finding Peace in Your Pain, No, That’s Not in the Bible, Revelation: God’s Final Word, What Healthy Churches Do, What Healthy Pastors Do, How Healthy Disciples Live, Jesus: Storyteller, Hope When You Need it Most, Following Jesus in the Holy Land, Lord, Heal Our Land, Pastor David’s Travel Guide to Heaven, The Inside Job, and Starting Over in a Covid World – Lessons from the story of Ruth.
David and Cindy have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. Their eldest daughter, Jenni, is a Dermatologist and her husband, Jason, is an Emergency Room Physician. They live in Tyler with their children, Lizzie, Caroline and Grant. The Dykes’ younger daughter, Laura Grace, lives in Tyler with her daughter, Ada Rose.
Dr. Dykes has served as a trustee for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, East Texas Baptist University, The University of Mobile, the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, and LeTourneau University. Locally, he has served as a Director of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce, and as board member for The American Red Cross. David enjoys leading educational tours to Israel and has visited the Holy Land over 30 times.
After serving as senior pastor at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler for over 30 years, Dr. Dykes retired in August of 2021. Since that time, he serves the Lord as Pastor Emeritus of Green Acres.
Sr. Advisor of Next Gen & Youth Ministries
Chris Lovell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from LSU-Shreveport while playing college basketball, and earned his Master’s Degree in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Chris served for 18 years in Student Ministry (Germantown Baptist Church and Prestonwood Baptist Church) while coaching basketball at various levels each year. God called Chris to pursue his love of coaching students in basketball on a full-time basis 8 years ago. Chris then led a nationally ranked high school basketball program that won 5 consecutive Texas 5A State Championships and has placed student athletes at every level from the college ranks to the NBA. Chris then spent four years resurrecting a Junior College Basketball Team from 5 to 20 wins and being nationally ranked at Bossier Parish Community College. He currently is beginning his second season as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at East Texas Baptist University. His true passion is impacting students’ lives and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Chris lives out this passion through speaking engagements to thousands of students every year at conferences and camps across the country.
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)
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.
Executive Assistant to Phil Barfoot
Joey was born and raised in Nashville, TN. He attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Finance.
Joey has many years of experience in logistics, marketing, customer service, coaching and sales, but most importantly, he brings a passion for loving people and serving Jesus Christ.
He spent all 4 years of college as a Young Life leader at The McCallie School. When he moved back to Nashville in 2017, he met his wife, Coral, while volunteering for the youth ministry they both attended while growing up. He and his wife have been leading small-groups at their church since.
Joey enjoys spending his time with his family and friends, rooting for the Tennessee Titans, doing CrossFit and playing with his chocolate labradoodle, Lacey.
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.