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.
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.
Students - Patrick Franklin
Patrick grew up at Coosada Baptist Church and was involved in the student ministry and was a member of the praise band. He left Coosada in 2012 to serve as the Worship Pastor and Children’s Minister at Lifeline Church in Greenville, AL. In 2013, God called Patrick to First Baptist Church in Aliceville, AL where he served as the Student minister for four years. Patrick is married to Brooke Ward Franklin. They have two children—Lacey, and Powell.
"God has given me the heart to teach the future leaders of the church. To encourage them in their walk and see them become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. My heart is to see my God become their God; for the faith they have to be the direct result of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I want them to know who God is, why they trust Him and live out a life that would not only please Him, but point others to Him.”
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."
Education - Mark Wilson
Mark came to Coosada Baptist in 2012 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 served in student ministry beginning in 1991, then transitioned to the Education and Administration Ministry in June, 2017. Mark is married to Michele and they have two children – Meagan and Tyler.
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.