Ministry Staff

  • Dr. jeff james

    SENIOR Pastor


    Hometown: Bartlett, TN

    Family: Wife Kim; Twin sons Will & Caleb

    Education: Bachelor of Music Education, University of Memphis;
    Master of Divinity, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary;
    Doctor of Ministry, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Life Verse: Colossians 3:17

  • DR. Gary redding

    associate pastor/education & Administration

    Hometown: Towanda, IL

    Family: Wife Tonda; Daughter Briana, Son MacKenzie and daughter Emily.

    Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Arizona; Master of Fine Arts, Brooklyn College; Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, additional study, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

    Life Verse: Philippians 4:8

  • REv. John Proctor

    Children's & Recreation Minister


    Hometown: Bartlett, TN

    Family: Wife Bridget; sons Jackson, Colton, & Brantley; daughter Brooklyn

    Education: Bachelor of Education in Sports and Leisure Management,
    University of Memphis

    Life Verses: 1 Corinthians 6:20, Matthew 6:33

  • Rev. Blake Appleby

    Student Minister


    Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

    Family: Wife Meredith; sons Micah & Wade; daughter Kate

    Education: Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies, Liberty University

    Life Verse: Romans 12:11

  • Rev. John Bills

    Visitation minister

    Hometown: Memphis, TN

    Family: Wife Sarah; daughter Beth & husband Wayne Moore; grandchildren Olivia & Owen Scruggs, Bradley Moore; daughter Emily & husband Clay Hooker; grandson Hudson; son Bert

    Education: University of Memphis, BA

    Life Verse: John 11:40



    Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

    Family: Wife Nadia; Sons Adam & Zachary, Daughter Rebekah

    Education:  B.S. Organization Management, Creighton College;
    M.A. Christian Education, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary; MBA, Belhaven University

    Life Verse:  John 15:5