Celebration Ministry Staffing Team
DR. PHIL BARFOOT
CEO, Celebration Ministry Staffing
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, Celebration Ministry Staffing
Jennifer brings a combined 12+ years of extensive experience in Professional Sales, Business Consulting and Development to her role at Celebration Ministry Staffing.
Prior to accepting her position with CMS, Jennifer held the position as the Organizational Recruiting Consultant for a nation wide sales and marketing firm that partners with Fortune 500 organizations. As the Organizational Recruiting Consultant, Jennifer was contracted by companies to expand business growth by developing their recruiting funnel from the ground up. Jennifer specializes in territory growth, business analytics, and coaching/development of staff across all levels of business.
Throughout her career, Jennifer has been recognized as:
Top Sales Representative (3) consecutive years
Most Influential Sales Trainer
Sales Training and Development Professional of the year
Jennifer currently resides in Murfreesboro, TN with her husband Travis, USMC Veteran, and four sons; Peyton (15), Preston (12), Paxton (9), and Parker (6).
Vice President of Recruiting, Celebration Ministry Staffing
Brent brings a variety of experience to the team at Celebration Ministry Staffing.
He has been a worship pastor for more than 20 years and has worked in churches of 150 to 15,000. After studying church music at Baylor University, he obtained a Master of Arts from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and began working with the local church.
He and his wife, Jill, have two high school aged children, love to travel, and spend their days trying to keep track of their kid’s schedule!
Along with serving the local church as a worship pastor, Brent is the CEO of Two:8 Coaching, a coaching network for worship pastors, host of “The Worship Spot” podcast, and is finishing up a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
In addition to being the Worship Pastor at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, he produces the Houston Christmas Spectacular with more than 30,000 attenders and 1000 in the cast, writes music, produces annual choral projects with Prism Music, and leads the multicultural, multigenerational, multisite worship ministry of the church.
Brent is passionate about emotional wellbeing and spends his days trying to help hurting people find hope and healing.
Account Manager, Celebration Ministry Staffing
Travis brings 10 years of leadership and recruiting to his role at Celebration Ministry Staffing. He currently oversees Strategic Development of CCT.
Travis served in the United States Marine Corps for 8 years where he received multiple accolades for his performance of duties. Throughout his time in the Marines and professional career, Travis has trained individuals in a multitude of areas to include leadership, sales, and training development.
Travis was raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and his Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma from Purdue University. He resides in Murfreesboro, TN with his wife and children.
Account Manager, Celebration Ministry Staffing
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, Celebration Ministry Staffing
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.
Office Administrator, Celebration Ministry Staffing
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.