Pastor - Jim Graham
Jim 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.
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.”
Media and Outreach - Brad Smith
Brad and his wife, Laura, joined Coosada in 2014. He holds an associate degree in graphic design from Trenholm Tech and a B.S.B.A. in Business Information Systems from AUM. The Smiths served in several areas and projects here before leading a young and married small group in 2017. In 2019, both were called into increased roles with the youth. Brad became the Connections Coordinator with the student ministry, leveraging his passion for photography and media. In the Fall of 2019, he was elected and ordained as a deacon here. Shortly thereafter he was brought on with our staff as the Media & Outreach Pastor.
Brad and Laura have one daughter, Aria. The Smiths can be found regularly collaborating with our students and preschool ministry families on different projects. Their ministry passion always brings them back to students, young couples and those battling depression and anxiety.
"My hope is that through photography and our media, we show people outside of our walls what it looks like when God is on the move in the lives of His people...moving beyond seeing a photo or video to catching a glimpse of Jesus... That there will be people seeing these pictures in around the world in His perfect timing...leaving an undeniable seed of the evidence of God in their hearts and minds. That when they see these moments in the Coosada family...they’ll see something they want to be a part of even if they can’t physically be with us...that they'll want to be a part of the family of God." -Brad
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.
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.
Preschool - Sarah Shaeffer
Sarah is the newest member of our pastoral staff, but she’s been here longer than most of us. She grew up in our church in our children’s and student ministries. She graduated with honors from Troy University Montgomery and will complete her Bible Training Center for Pastors studies in May 2021. Sarah has led our parents of preschoolers small group since 2013. She was also a teacher and organizer for a women’s Bible study group and a women’s ministry program for the last five years. Sarah has a real passion for parents and family that makes her the perfect fit for leading our preschool ministry. Sarah is married to Matt and they have four children - Presley, Nolan, Benjamin and Caleb.