Pastor - Dr. Jim Graham

Dr. Jim Graham was called to lead our church as pastor in December of 2002.  During his tenure our church has experienced an explosion in growth.  We are thankful for his leadership, his care for us, and his stirring sermons.  Dr. Graham has been serving in the ministry since 1986.  He has been married to Pearleen Mercer of Wetumpka since 1990 and they have four lovely children.  Dr. Graham graduated from Samford University with a degree in education, then received his masters from New Orleans Seminary specializing in New Testament Biblical Studies followed by a doctorate in psychology from Southwest Seminary.

Education - Wayne Polk

Wayne was called as the Minister of Education to Coosada Baptist Church on March 27, 2005. He is a graduate of The University of Alabama and has served in church ministry as minister to students, minister of music, and director of singles in churches in Alabama and Mississippi. Prior to coming to Coosada, Wayne served a church near Birmingham as their Minister of Education and Administration. He and Karen have three adult children and seven grandchildren. Wayne wants to help every member discover their spiritual "giftedness" and become so tuned into a relationship with Jesus that they don't want to miss Bible study time with other believers. He also wants guests to feel right at home whenever they visit a Bible study group. 

Children - Lauri Cox

 

Lauri became the Minister of Children in August 2008.  She is a 1986 graduate of Auburn University where she received her degree in Early Childhood Education for the Handicapped.  She taught in public schools for 6 years and taught preschool for 9 years. Lauri has been married to Cary since 1987 and they have 2 daughters, Jordan and Bethany.

Lauri has always known that children were her calling.  She loves them and the perspective they bring to life.  Her joy is watching the love of God shine through the children as they learn more of Him through fun activities, hearing God’s word, and helping others.

 

 

 

Senior Adults - Randy Naylor

Randy began serving as the Minister of Senior Adults, affectionately known as the Young @ Heart, in 2012. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Psychology. He is married to Melinda and they have two daughters and four grandchildren, all of which are here at CBC.

Randy has been at CBC since 1962 and many of life’s milestone events occurred here:  He was saved and baptized here. He was married and dedicated his children here. Elected and ordained as a Deacon here. His daughters were baptized here and married here. And both of his granddaughters have been baptized here.

Randy is very happy to have the privilege of working with the Young @ Heart, many of which have helped raise him through the years that he has been here at CBC.

Worship - Darrell Jennings

  Darrell Jennings has been the Worship Leader at Coosada Baptist since May of 2004.  He is a 1994 graduate of UAB and has been serving in church ministry since 1989.  Darrell is married and has three beautiful daughters.  Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through music is one of the passions of Darrell's life. "It is my desire to help others use their gifts and talents in worship to Jesus Christ.  Music allows us to communicate our deep love for our risen Savior and draws us into His presence."

 

Students - Mark Wilson

Mark has been called to Coosada Baptist as the Student Minister.  He is a native of New Orleans, LA.  He received his BA from Louisiana College in 1995 with a focus on Media Communications and Religious Education.  He is working on receiving his Masters of Arts and Christian Education from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has been serving students in ministry since 1991.  Mark is married to Michele and they have two children – Meagan and Tyler.  “My passion is to make an impact in the hearts, minds and souls of teenagers.  I truly desire to see students become Broken, Saved and Transformed for Jesus Christ.”

 

Preschool - Nancy Miller

Nancy Miller serves as the Preschool Director here at Coosada Baptist Church.  She is a 1982 graduate of the University of Montevallo where she received her degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught kindergarten at Holtville Elementary for 28 years before joining our staff. She has been married to Russell since 1984 and has three children, Brian (Paige) who live in Birmingham, Kayla who lives in Prattville and Victoria. Nancy believes that children are never too young to develop a love for Jesus. Her desire for the preschool department is for it to be the place where Jesus' love is felt each and every time we come to worship at Coosada Baptist Church.

 

Associate Pastor - Rodney Culpepper

Rodney’s first connection to Coosada was attending youth rallies here as a teenager. He graduated from the University of Montevallo with a degree in Counseling and received his masters from New Orleans Seminary. Rodney has been in the ministry since 1984 and served as a pastor for over 20 years. Rodney is married to Robyn, and together, they have six children – Adam, Kristi, Zac, Marc, Kayte, and Luke.