Meet the staff

Eugene Brandt 

Lead Pastor
Eugene was born in Louisville, Kentucky and was raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Eugene’s spiritual journey began as a teenager when he was suddenly and inexplicably seized by God’s grace. Shortly after his salvation experience, Eugene felt compelled to devote his life to pastoral ministry.

After graduating with a degree in education, Eugene married his long- time love, Kathy. God’s plan for this newly married couple included a move to the States where Eugene began his theological studies. After he graduated seminary, Eugene and Kathy moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, to be coached in church leadership. As the residency neared its end, Eugene and Randy began a dialogue that resulted in Eugene and Kathy moving to West Tennessee to begin a Fellowship Bible Church here in Jackson. Decades later, Eugene repeatedly thanks God for planting him and Kathy in such a fulfilling place of influence.

Eugene likes to say that he’s only good at two things—leadership and teaching. Fortunately, we are blessed to have him serving in those capacities. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Eugene is pursuing a PhD in theology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

If you ever want to start a conversation with Eugene, he is always ready to talk about church or coffee, and preferably, one with the other.

Vann Kissell

Executive Pastor of Ministries
Has never actually owned a van.

Randy Pierson

Executive Pastor of Operations
Expert on all things to be built.

jacob chamberlin

South Campus Lead Pastor
Probably cooler than you—rides a motorcycle. For Jesus. 

jeremy hunt

Missions Pastor
Graduated from university with a PhD in undetectable sarcasm. 

will chenault

Soul Care Pastor
The Eddie Van Halen of Fellowship's staff. 

Michael sparks 

Covenant Life Pastor 
Hails from Georgia.
Ask him about the peaches. 

Doug Barnwell

Discipleship Pastor
Crossfit.

amy ragon 

Women's Ministry Director
Has two speeds: running or asleep. 

Michael Winstead

College and Young Adult Pastor
Not currently attending college, but can be found on college campuses.

Ryan Mcelrath

High School Pastor
Papyrus is his default font.

Kris Boswell

Middle School Youth Director
Will almost definitely beat you in disc golf.

brenda stanley 

Fellowship Kids Director 
Takes care of your kiddos,
maybe better than you do.

Dianne Matheny 

Assimilation Director
If you haven't met her already, you probably will! She'll help you get connected.

Josh Beck 

Creative Arts Director
Fueled by cold brew. Does embarrassing things a lot, is not easily embarrassed. 

Nathan Shoemaker

Worship Arts Director
From Paris!
But Paris, Tennessee, so it's less cool.

David key 

Technical Director
Probably produced your favorite music.
Or at least played drums in it. 

Audrey Weddington 

Communications Director
Current project: bun in the oven!
(It's a girl)

Janelle Hale 

Graphic Arts Director
An agreeable person!

Melissa workman

Administrative Assistant
One of the few people in the world who love Nascar!

Cynthia Santana

Lead Pastor Assistant
Walking definition of
"the nicest person on earth."

Angie Edwards

Assistant to Adult Ministry Teams
Often seen with Chick-fil-a lemonade.
And just as sweet as said lemonade. 

Kara Glover

Administrative Assistant
Does it all! Piano, administrative work, dog mothering... all of it.

Alexis Gibbons

Administrative Assistant
Can be found snuggled on the couch, probably watching Frozen II (again).

Jennifer Maddox

Financial Assistant
Ask her about getting a gold star!

Molly Smith

Kids Worship Director
If there were ever a person made out of music, that person would be Molly Smith.

Bethany Cooper

KidsCare Director
Takes care of your kids better than you—but on the weekdays.

Ashley Lovins

Fellowship Kids Director Assistant
As nice as her name sounds.
For real.

Courtney Ford

Theme Room Coordinator
(K-3rd grade)
Expert on all things K-3!

Tori White

Theme Room Coordinator
(4th-6th grade)
Currently accepting all invitations to costume parties.  Year-round!

Trish Towater

South Campus Fellowship Kids Director
Takes care of your kids maybe better than you—at south campus!

Meet the elders

Eugene Brandt

"To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen."
Jude 24-25

Vann Kissell

"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."
John 15:5

Randy Pierson

"I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!"
Psalm 27:13-14

lance porter

"Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved."
Romans 10:9-10

billy mauldin

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7

houston payne

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

patrick andre

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
Romans 15:13

steve hammond

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

bryan carrier

"‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you."
Jeremiah 32:17

john netland

"For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."
2 Timothy 1:7

Eugene Brandt

"To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen."
Jude 24-25

Vann Kissell

"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."
John 15:5

Randy Pierson

"I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!"
Psalm 27:13-14

lance porter

"Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved."
Romans 10:9-10

billy mauldin

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7

houston payne

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

patrick andre

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
Romans 15:13

steve hammond

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

bryan carrier

"‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you."
Jeremiah 32:17

john netland

"For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."
2 Timothy 1:7