Pastoral Leaders

JASON BRITT

Lead Pastor of Bethlehem Church 

Bethlehem, GA

Jason and Nan have served at Bethlehem Church since April of 2011. They have 3 children (Carson, Claire, and Caleb) and live in Winder, GA.  Bethlehem Church has been named as a “Top 100 Fastest Growing Church” in the country in Outreach Magazine’s list in 2016 and 2017.

Jason comes from a family of ministry as both his father and brother are pastors as well. Jason is a graduate of Shorter University and has attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a frequent speaker at church growth, leadership, and revitalization conferences around the country.

In his free time, Jason enjoys running, coaching his kids’ teams, UGA football, and watching reruns of his favorite show, “The Office.”

J.J. COX

Executive Pastor of First Baptist Moss Bluff

Lake Charles, LA 

J.J. has served as the Executive Pastor at First Baptist Moss Bluff since 2016, and in full-time ministry for 16 years.  Previous to surrendering to ministry, J.J. spent 12 years as a Texas High School football and basketball coach.  He brings with him an extensive knowledge of motivating people and helping to place them in the right position to be successful.  J.J. is originally from Waco, TX. and graduated from Baylor University.  It was there that he met his wife, Stephanie, and they have been married for 25 years.  They have 3 children:  Stone, 21, who is a Junior at LSU and current Student Body President, Maggie, 18, who is a Senior volleyball player for Sam Houston High School, and Jake, 14, who loves to play basketball and serves as a leader in his student ministry.

 

In addition to serving in the role of Executive Pastor, J.J. spent 12 years of ministry as a Student Pastor working with students and their parents.  He loves seeing the family unit worship, pray and grow together.  J.J. also travels and speaks to different youth and parent groups for everything from D-Now Weekends to Parent Conferences.

CAREY DEAN

Executive Pastor of First Baptist Church Merritt Island

Merritt Island, FL

From birth to college graduation, Mobile, AL was home. I became a follower of Christ at the age of six. At the end of my freshman year of college I sensed a strong calling into worship ministry. In 1991, I married Amy, the love of my life. We moved to Texas and joined the staff of FBC Euless while attending Southwestern Seminary. Our family grew in triplicate in 1998 with the births of Blake, Tanner and McKenna. In 2005 Corban was born to complete the Dean household. Our family has served churches in AL, TX, TN and FL. 

 

With over 30 years experience in worship ministry, I found my roles and responsibilities as administrator and team strategist to consistently increase with each pastor and church staff served. Since 2018 I have served as the Executive Pastor at FBC Merritt Island, FL. My relationship with my pastors over the years have been built upon trust, respect, and loyalty. With every new church's size, shape and personality, the LORD has equipped me with invaluable shepherding experiences that have served as my teacher. Below are listed principles and values integrated into my leading philosophy, as well as descriptors of who I have been created to be as a servant of Christ: Vision exhorter (Proverbs 29:18; John 14:13-14); Unity Preserver (Ephesians 4:1-6; John 13:34-35); Discipling Shepherd (Jeremiah 3:15; Matthew 9:36); and Project Manager (John 15:4-8).

JD EDIE

Former Executive Pastor of First Baptist Church

Naples, FL

For the past 32 years, JD has been serving the church directly in just about every role imaginable.  From student pastor, to recreation, college, discipleship, missions, lead pastor and then to his latest role, executive pastor.  He has pastored in three states and six churches ranging in size from church plant to over 3500 in weekend attendance, with styles from coat and tie to jeans and boots and every worship music style on the map today.

 

A third generation pastor with roots deep in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, JD has a passionate love for the church as well as those who are not a part.  With that said, he realizes that for the church of today to survive and thrive it’s focus and efforts must be boldly and unashamedly pointed squarely on God’s Kingdom and it’s expansion.  That means outward thrust as well and inward development.  Growth of any kind, anywhere in any organization can only come through change, work and yes, a bit of discomfort.  JD’s objective is to assist the 21st century church as they embrace and implement these truths. 

FRED HAMMER III

Community Pastor of The Crossing Church

Sacramento, CA

Fred serves in the Executive Pastor role of Community Pastor for The Crossing Church, a multi-site church with campuses in Sacramento and Marysville, CA. Prior to that he spent 19 years at a large regional church in Sacramento, first as the Children's Pastor and then as the Community Outreach Pastor. Before being called to serve the church full time, he spent three years on staff with Youth For Christ Ministries Sacramento launching their North Area Teen Center, a ministry to at risk youth. Fred is passionate about serving the church, helping people to navigate their "place" in the body of Christ, and to equip all believers to serve in their communities. 

 

Born and raised in Sacramento, Fred has been serving in ministry since he was 16 years old. After studying Business Administration at the University of the Pacific, he married his high school sweetheart Stacey and graduated from California State University Sacramento with a BA in Child Development. Having recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, they have two millennial children. Brendan will be graduating from William Jessup University with a degree in Youth Ministries while Ashlee will be graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University with a degree in Psychology. 

 

He enjoys spending time with family and is an avid soccer fan. When not supporting his local Sacramento Republic FC, he can be found on the field training, assigning and refereeing youth soccer. 

PATRICK HARMON

Executive Pastor of First Baptist Church

North Augusta, SC

Patrick is the Executive Pastor of First Baptist Church in North Augusta, SC, having previously served as the church’s Student Pastor and then Pastor of Administration.  He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Communications Marketing from Clemson University.

 

Patrick resides in North Augusta, SC with his beautiful wife, Keri, and their kids, Kayley, Jackson, and Kathryn Grace. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, camping, Clemson football, and learning new cultures. 

KEN HARTLEY

Executive Pastor of Ministries, Abba's House

Hixson, TN

Ken Hartley is an inspirational speaker, an accomplished singer, a talented illusionist, a skilled actor, a bestselling author, a gifted teacher, and a transformation agent. He has been a singer and actor on stage and screen since he was five years old. He has also performed as a professional illusionist all over the world, has authored several books, and has released two solo CDs. He is a Certified Speaker, Trainer, and Coach with The John Maxwell Team as well as an Advanced Certified Human Behavior Consultant with Personality Insights and is certified with Dr. Robert Rohm.

As an inspirational speaker, he has shared the stage with speakers like Rudy Guiliani, Colin Powell, James Smith, Delatorro McNeal,II, Zig Ziglar, Mike Huckabee, and Dr. John C. Maxwell. His skills have also been featured on television networks like Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, TBN, Daystar, and INSP. He loves to encourage and challenge people to overcome limiting obstacles and step into their God-given destinies. He is considered by his peers and clients to be a master speaker and communication expert. His presentations are often described as entertaining, engaging, and transformational.

Ken has over 30 years of fulltime experience in various megachurches across the United States and brings those skills, plus his training in leadership and communication, to organizations as a transformation agent to effect change and help individuals and organizations grow into who they are supposed to be. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries at Abba’s House in Hixson, TN.

When he is not traveling and speaking, he enjoys good movies, playing pool, visiting new places, going to Disney World, and most of all, his family.

DR. TOM HARRISON

Executive Pastor of Broadmoor Baptist Church

Shreveport, LA

Dr. Tom Harrison currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Broadmoor Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA. After growing up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL he received an athletic scholarship to Baylor University. Dr. Harrison holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Baylor University, a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry in Discipleship from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a minister in 1981 and served over 24 years in full-time ministry prior to his calling to serve as Executive Pastor at Broadmoor Baptist Church in 2005. He has served as Chairman of the Louisiana Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, the Louisiana State Coordinator for the National Day of Prayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for New Orleans Baptist Seminary, and for FCA Louisiana.  He serves as Vice-Chairman for the Mexican Indian Training Center, President of the Church Site Corporation Board of Directors for the LBC, and is a Chaplain for the Civil Air Patrol. Dr. Harrison has a passion for teaching God’s Word through sermons and small group lessons, spreading the Gospel and encouraging others in a life of prayer. He has led mission groups to over 30 countries. Dr. Harrison continues to help train a new generation of church leaders as he mentors seminary students and other church staff. He and his wife Cindy have two children and four grandchildren. Daughter, Hannah Harrison Midgett, and her husband, Sam, live in Tennessee where he serves as a Student Minister. Travis and his wife, Meredith, live in North Carolina where he is employed as a pilot after serving as a Marine Aviator.

BR JOHNSON

Executive Team Lead, Celebration Ministry Staffing

Franklin, TN

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. His strengths are in the areas of leadership, recruitment and development, team building, administration, training, and mentorship. 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!

BRAD LEWTER

Lead Pastor of Grand Avenue Baptist

Fort Smith, AR

For the past seven years, Brad has served as the Lead Pastor at Grand Avenue Baptist in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Before that, Brad spent several years serving churches in Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas. Brad has served these churches as a Student Pastor, College Pastor, Young Adult Pastor, and Teaching Pastor. Altogether Brad has over 20 years of experience working in the local church. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, and upon completing his dissertation, will receive his Doctorate of Educational Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

 

Brad enjoys time with his family, LSU Sports, hunting, and fishing. Brad and his wife, Kati, have been married for 16 years. God has blessed them with three children Lana Kate, Layton, and Lola.

DR. KEITH MCBROOM

Executive Pastor of North Metro Baptist Church 

Lawrenceville, GA

Keith McBroom has served as Executive Pastor at North Metro Baptist Church in Lawrencville, GA since 2018. Prior to that, he was North Metro's Worship Pastor for seventeen years. Additionally, he has served other churches in Georgia and Alabama. Keith was educated at Mercer University, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. He also holds both a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served on the trustee boards of both Brewton Parker College and Shorter University as well as various denominational committees. 

 

Keith and his wife, Michele of 28 years, have two adult children. Katherine and her husband, Caleb serve on staff at First Baptist Mt. Juliet, TN. Their son Clay, is a senior at Liberty University and is also preparing for vocational ministry.  In his spare time, Keith enjoys traveling, cooking on his “Big Green Egg” and reading. 

JEREMY MORTON

Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock

Woodstock, GA

Pastor Jeremy and his wife, Carrie are lifelong Georgia residents who were church planters in the central part of the state for many years.  Jeremy became the senior co-pastor of First Baptist Woodstock in 2018.  Before coming to Woodstock, Pastor Jeremy served as the senior pastor at Cartersville First Baptist Church.  Jeremy served as the senior pastor at Cross Point Baptist Church in Perry from its inception in 2002. 

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christianity from Brewton Parker College in 2004, a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007, and upon completing his dissertation will receive his Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Jeremy’s hobbies include sports, reading, enjoying nature, and spending time with family.  Pastor Jeremy’s life purpose statement: “I aim to glorify God by being a faithful husband, supportive father, loyal friend, and loving leader.”

Jeremy and Carrie are the proud parents of three beautiful children; Zeke, Madie, and Abe.

MIKE OBSORNE

Executive Pastor of The Heights Baptist Church

Colonial Heights, VA

Mike has served as the Executive Pastor of The Heights Baptist Church since May 2003.  Prior to that he spent 13 years in full-time vocational evangelism.  He has also served as Senior Pastor of churches in Virginia and North Carolina.

His educational background includes a BS in Business Management from Averett University and a MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Prior to ministry, Mike worked in the business world as a CFO.

He and his wife, Sue, are both native Virginians and the parents of one son, Shay. Shay has served as a Baptist Campus pastor at Marshall University, as well as a NAMB missionary and church planter.  One of the major accomplishments for Shay and Sarah is being the parents of Micah and Naomi, the best grandchildren in the world.

In addition to his service as the Executive Pastor at The Heights, Mike continues to preach revivals and does training and consulting with churches.  He has served as President of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists and on boards of numerous non-profits and ministries.  He has been an active supporter and volunteer with FCA and Special Olympics.

DR. DAVID PARKS

Executive Pastor of Harrisburg Baptist

Tupelo, MS

Dr. David S. Parks began serving as Executive Pastor of Harrisburg Baptist in Tupelo, MS in August of 2018.  Prior to that he served as Associate Executive Director & Chief of Operations for the South Carolina Baptist Convention for eight years.  Prior to serving at the Convention, he served as Executive Pastor for five years just outside of Richmond, Virginia.  He has also served on staff at churches in Miami, FL, Augusta, GA, Louisburg, NC and Charlotte, NC.  David has more than 30 years of vocational ministry experience with much of this being in regional mega churches.

David is a graduate of North Carolina State University (B.A. in Business Management and a B.A. in Economics), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div with Christian Education) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2004, EdD).

David and his wife Tami have been happily married for thirty years and have three children: Joshua (27 yrs), Sarah (25 yrs), and Hannah (13 yrs).  In his spare time, David is a volunteer High School Football coach and a High School Swim coach.  He also enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hunting, golf, and college football. 

DR. JOHN PLASTOW

Executive Pastor of Strategic Ministries, Academy Christian Church

Colorado Springs, CO

John serves in the executive pastor role of strategic ministries pastor for Academy Christian Church in Colorado Springs, CO, and has been a licensed minister with ECA since 1994.  Prior to that, he served as a worship pastor for 25 years in Sacramento, CA and Northern Colorado.  He holds a doctorate in strategic leadership and a master’s degree in organizational management.  He is a published writer, adjunct online professor for multiple Christian universities, workshop leader, and consultant to pastors and church leaders.  In conjunction with his final project for his doctorate of strategic leadership degree, he published the book The Humility Factor: Healthy Churches are Led by Humble Pastors, in which he challenges church leaders to reevaluate how they hire their pastors.

He and Karen were married right after college and now live in Colorado Springs.  They have three millennial children!

BRAD RANDALL

Associate Pastor at Crossgates Baptist Church

Brandon, MS

Brad has served as the Associate Pastor at Crossgates Baptist since May of 2018, where he leads a gifted Discipleship Team. Before being called to Crossgates, Brad served as a Student Pastor at FBC Florence, Mississippi from 2009-2015. Eventually, he became the Lead Pastor at FBC Florence from 2015-2018. Brad has enjoyed being able to lead and serve others in many different capacities throughout his life. Whether it is being an assistant manager of a fast food restaurant, leading a squad on deployment in Iraq while serving in the Army, or ministering in the church there is always something to learn in every leadership role.

In 2011, Brad earned his Bachelors Degree from Liberty University then received his Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Those opportunities have provided great insight, but more has been learned in the day-to-day ministry of the lives of God’s people. Experience has come from the conversations that take place in the hallways on a Sunday morning, beside the hospital beds while visiting the sick, and over the countless cups of coffee shared with more experienced ministers.

One of the greatest joys in Brad’s life is spending time with his family. He and his wife, Natalie, married in 2006 and have a son (Patton) and a daughter (Mollie Dae). Reluctantly, Brad also succumbed to his family’s wishes and got a spoiled Goldendoodle named Cash. Brad also enjoys playing the guitar, writing music, doing yardwork, and pretending like he enjoys working out a few months out of the year.

BRUCE RALEY

Executive Pastor of First Baptist Church Hendersonville

Hendersonville, TN

Bruce Raley has served as Executive Pastor of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, TN since January 2016.  He and Donna moved to Sumner County in 2006 to serve in leadership at LifeWay Christian Resources.  He also served as Executive Pastor at First Baptist Church of Panama City, FL, and Walnut Street Baptist Church of Jonesboro, AR. 

A native of Arkansas, Bruce is married to Donna.  They are the parents of Patrick and his wife Rachel of Hendersonville and Sarah and her husband Stephen of Huntsville, AL.  They are the proud grandparents of Anna Kate and Caleb.

In addition to his service at Hendersonville First Baptist Church, Bruce is a frequent speaker and trainer for group ministry, church staffs and ministry teams.  His passion is equipping new leaders in church ministry.  In the past 15 years, he has personally trained over 1500 new church staff.  He has served as the Chairman of the Board of the Baptist Association of Christian Educators.

Bruce enjoys the outdoors, particularly hunting, fishing, kayaking and exploring Tennessee hiking trails with Donna. 

TIM SPENCER

Executive Pastor of First West

West Monroe, LA

Tim Spencer serves as Executive Pastor at First West in Northeast Louisiana. He previously served on the Senior Team at Collierville First Baptist Church outside Memphis, TN and as Adjunct Instructor of Organizational Leadership & Communication at Union University in Germantown, TN. He has led churches—large and small, innovative and traditional—for more than 20 years.

Tim is married to Suzy Hamrick of Livingston, Alabama. Together they have three children—William, Daniel and Katie. Tim’s hobbies include home projects, classic movies, American history and basketball.

DAVE VELLONEY

Executive Pastor at River Oak Church

Chesapeake, VA

Dave Velloney is currently the Executive Pastor at River Oak Church in Chesapeake, Virginia.  He has also served as the Discipleship and Senior Associate Pastor at the church.  River Oak averages over 3,000 people in weekly attendance and was listed by Outreach Magazine as one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Churches in America in 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, and 2020.  Prior to joining the pastoral staff at River Oak in 2013, Dave served for five years as a full-time professor at the Regent University School of Law, teaching classes in Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, and Trial Practice. He also served as the Executive Director of the law school’s Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law; and he directed both of the law school’s Summer Abroad Programs in France and Uganda.  Before becoming a law professor, Lieutenant Colonel Velloney spent twenty years on active duty in the Army, first as a Field Artillery Officer and then as an Army Lawyer.  He earned his law degree from The Yale Law School in 1994 and his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1988.  He also holds a Master of Laws degree with a specialty in Criminal Law from the Judge Advocate General’s School and is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College. 

 

Dave has been married to his wife, Felitz, for 29 years, and they have three grown daughters, two sons-in-law, and twin granddaughters.  Dave and Felitz have faithfully ministered for many years to men, women, and families throughout the Army and now the Hampton Roads community.  They feel that God has called them to intentionally teach, train, and mentor believers in how to live out their lives as devoted disciples of Jesus Christ, and to work closely with young families, encouraging couples in their marriage commitment and equipping mothers and fathers in their desire to leave a godly legacy.  Dave and Felitz are avid soccer, skiing, Red Sox, and UCONN Huskies fans.          

KEN WARREN

Senior Associate Pastor at Green Acres Baptist Church

Tyler, TX

Ken serves as Senior Associate Pastor at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, where he has served for the past 20 years. He is currently “attempting to retire” from Green Acres, but the “COVID Crash” has at least momentarily altered those plans. Prior to Green Acres, Ken served in a similar role for 14 years with First Baptist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma, preceded by service with First Baptist, Duncanville, Texas, and Ardmore, Oklahoma..

Ken graduated from Baylor University prior to teaching high school in Waco for 9 years. He and his family then moved to Ft. Worth and Southwestern Seminary to begin the transition into what has become a 40 year “adventure” in vocational ministry.

Ken and his wife, Jaime, celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2020. Their two grown children, Alison and Mark, live in Connecticut and Austin with their respective families, including three grandchildren in Connecticut. Jaime, a life-long teacher, is the founder and director of Bridgemark Center for Learning in Tyler, a school uniquely designed to address the needs of children with a variety of learning differences -- dyslexia, auditory processing, dysgraphia, AD/HD.

Ken’s basic philosophy of ministry might be summed up in the simple adage, “The greatest compliment a leader can receive is to have someone brag about the work of one of those whom you lead.”

TIM WHEDBEE

Sr. Associate Pastor of Worship & Administration at Mobberly Baptist Church

Longview, TX

Tim is married to Cara and has three children.  He has served through the local church for the past 22 years in Arkansas and Texas. He has a passion to help people grow in their relationship with God, and to help people develop their gifts for the work of the church.

 

Tim earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Ouachita Baptist University, and a Master of Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  

 

Currently, Tim serves as the Sr. Associate Pastor of Worship & Administration at Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview, TX, where he has expanded his ministry to include church administration, encompassing church finance and operations. 

 

In addition to the local church, Tim enjoys serving on the ministry team of the Experience Conference that hosts its annual conference at the Walt Disney World Resort.