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
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).
Kevin Batson has been a career church musician for over thiry-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.
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!
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.
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Kayla was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in Information Technologies.
Before joining the team at Celebration Ministry Staffing, Kayla worked in youth and college ministries at multiple churches. Her experience working in a church setting brings a unique and valuable understanding in the importance of finding the perfect fit for both individuals and churches.
Kayla loves visiting her family in Mississippi, taking her puppy to the dog park, and spending time with her friends. Kayla currently resides in Hendersonville, TN.
Director - Special Projects
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.
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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.