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
Vann began serving in ministry as a Young Life leader in college. He has 30 years of experience as lead pastor & has served as Fellowship’s Executive Pastor of Ministries since 2017. He and his wife, Norma, have three sons & daughter’s-in-law and seven grandchildren. Vann and Norma enjoy spending time with their grandchildren & competing against each other in golf.

RANDY PIERSON

Executive Pastor of Operations
Randy and Susan Pierson met in High School and have been married for 38 years. They are blessed with 6 kids ranging in age from 16- 30 and 5 grandchildren. Randy is one of the Pastors here at Fellowship and has been involved since day one. Susan has served in the Women’s ministry working with young mothers and is currently teaching in the Learning Center. 

jacob chamberlain

South Campus Lead Pastor
Jacob Chamberlin has served as our South Campus pastor since January 2020. He grew up in Southern California where he met his wife Destiny. After 3 years of waiting and praying in 2013, they knew it was finally time to move and settled down in Beech Bluff, Tennessee. They have 3 children Radiance, Noah, and Ezekiel.

Jeremy hunt

Missions Pastor
Jeremy came on staff at Fellowship in 2011, but his family was sent out in 2017 to work for a missions organization in Haiti. He returned to Jackson in 2021 to become Fellowship’s Missions Pastor. Jeremy and his wife, Kristen, have two sons, Hayes and Hudson, and a daughter, Ellie Tate. They love to travel and experience the beautiful world and cultures God has created.

will chenault

Soul Care Pastor
Will has served within the local church for 23 years. For the past 10 years he has served as Fellowship’s Soul Care Pastor.  Will has trained with Christian psychologists Larry Crabb and Dan Allender (in both spiritual direction and narrative therapy) and has completed his Level 1 & Level 2 certification with the Gottman Institute.  He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.  Will and his wife, Amanda, have three daughters.  Will enjoys a variety of activities from watching documentaries to training his dogs.

michael sparks

Covenant Life Pastor
Michael began serving in ministry as an Area Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 1983. After 30 years with FCA he came to Fellowship Bible Church to serve as Covenant Life Pastor in 2012. He and his wife, Kim, have six grown children and 8 grandchildren. Michael and Kim enjoy spending time with their family & taking outdoor adventures.

doug barnwell

Discipleship Pastor
Doug came on staff at Fellowship in 2016 and serves as our Discipleship Pastor. He and his wife, Julie, have been married since 2010 and have two daughters, Cora Mae and Audrey. In his spare time, he coaches CrossFit and is working toward a Ph.D. in Theology from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

michael winstead

College and Young Adult Pastor
Michael has served at Fellowship since September of 2019. He has served in full-time ministry for over 20 years. Michael and his wife, Amy, love investing in college and young adults helping them discover who God has created them to be. Michael and Amy have a high school daughter. As a family they love watching sports and going to concerts together.

RYAN MCELRATH

High School Pastor
Ryan loves Youth Ministry! He has been working with students since 2009. He and his incredible wife, Alicia, have three amazing boys, four incredible dogs, two cats, and a whole gaggle of chickens! When he isn't doing Youth Ministry, Ryan enjoys reading, exploring with his family, and being outdoors. He feels that Student Ministry is his calling and he can't wait to meet you! 

kris boswell

Middle School Youth Director
Boz has been serving as the Middle School Youth Director since 2016. He loves to teach students about Jesus and how to have a practical and meaningful relationship with Him. He and his wife, Britt, graduated from Union University, have two daughters, and love raising them in West Tennessee. Boz loves outdoor activities including hiking, field sports, and his favorite, disc golf!

Brenda stanley

Fellowship Kids Director
Brenda began serving in ministry with Bible Study Fellowship International 20 years ago. After relocating to Tennessee in 2008, she joined our Fellowship Kids' staff. In her spare time, she and her husband, Frank, enjoy traveling to visit their 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grands. When not visiting with family, they also love taking adventures to towns and restaurants inspired by shows on HGTV and Food Network.

AMY RAGON

Women's Ministry Director
Amy joined the Fellowship team as the Women's Ministry Director in 2018. She and her husband, Stan, have two incredible kids, Will and Jane Claire. She and her family enjoy spending time together whether that is traveling to far off places or cherishing the rhythms of everyday life.

diane matheny

Assimilation Director
Dianne and her family joined Fellowship in 2002 when we were meeting at USJ and that is where they begin serving.  She spent most of her career in management before joining our staff 14 years ago as our Assimilation Director.  She finds joy in connecting people with each other, our church and community.  She and her husband, Rick, have four children and five grandchildren and adore spending time with them.  

nathan shoemaker

Worship Arts Director
Nathan has been involved with music ministry for 10 years. He has been the worship director for Fellowship north campus since spring of 2019 and prior to that he was the South Campus/College Fellowship music director since 2017. He and his wife, Emily, have one child with another on the way. Nathan and Emily have been married for 8 years and love writing and recording music together. Nathan always enjoys getting to know folks in the congregation, so feel free to come up and strike up a conversation with him after a worship service!

josh beck

Creative Arts Director
Josh joined the Fellowship team in the fall of 2017 as Creative Arts Director, after working in the media production industry for several years. He and his wife Devin have two kids, Madelyne and Liam. If Josh isn't in the tech booth or studio, you'll find him at the local coffee shop planning his next adventure! 

David key

Technical Director
David began serving in ministry as an audio engineer and drummer ever since he was in youth group. He has been serving here at fellowship as our technical director for 3 years and has loved every second of it. His hobbies include producing/mixing records, riding dirt bikes, and traveling with his wife, Haley and their two dogs.

hillary johnson

Communications Director
Hillary joined our staff in the fall of 2021 as our Communications Director. She has an amazing husband, Jordan and their two boys, Peyton and Baker. Together they enjoy traveling, eating good food and spending as many evenings on the back porch as possible. Details, color coded planners and coffee are a few of her favorite things! 

maria stewart

Graphic Design Director
Maria joined our staff in 2022 as our Graphic Design Director. She is a graduate of Union University class of 2015 and has been serving the local church through communication roles since then. Some of her favorite hobbies include making art (obviously), bird photography, and hiking at state parks. 

EMILY KALINOWSKI

South Kids Director

jeremy camp

Creative Arts Assistant

Melissa Workman

Administrative Assistant

Cynthia Santana

Lead Pastor Assistant

Mckenzie Donnell

Administrative Assistant

kara glover

Administrative Assistant

Alexis gibbons

Administrative Assistant

ANGIE EDWARDS

Administrative Assistant

molly smith

Kids Worship Director

bethany cooper

KidsCare Director

ashley mayer

Fellowship Kids Director Assistant

courtney ford

Theme Room Coordinator
K-3rd Grade

tori white

Theme Room Coordinator
4th-6th Grade

JENNIFER MADDOX

Financial Assistant