our leadership team

The staff and leadership here at First Baptist Centre is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at 256.927.3316.


    Lead Pastor

    Born in Paoli, Indiana, Eddie joined our staff in February 2013. He enjoys cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats and loves the outdoors. Brother Eddie feels a strong conviction to share his passion of Christ with others and has been leading people to a closer relationship with Jesus for over 30 years. He holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, a Bachelor of Science from Campbellsville University, and a Diploma in Christian Ministry from Boyce Bible School.



    Associate Pastor

    Gary, a native of Alabama, has pastored churches across Alabama, Michigan, and Kentucky. He served for nine years with Lifeway Christian Resources as a curriculum, magazine, and book editor. Gary holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Gary is the author several Christian books. He is married to Linda.


  • Tucker Bryson

    Minister to Students

    Bio coming soon!



    Children's Director

    Having joined First Baptist Centre in 2016, Rhonda serves as our Children's Director at FBCC. She and her husband Paul moved to Alabama in 2015 from Kentucky and made First Baptist Centre their church home. 



    Worship Leader

    Randy and his family have been members of FBC Centre since 2005 when he helped start the praise band for the contemporary service. At the time, he had been volunteering as Worship Leader for Celebrate Recovery since May 2004. In 2016, Randy joined our staff as Minister of Music and Media. He is married to Sandie and they have three children: Jay, Jonathan, and AnnaBrooke. He feels that it is his calling to engage people in Spirit-led worship regardless of music style.



    Choir Director
    Having grown up in Michigan, Alana is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan with a B.A. in music education, an Orff - Kodaly Certification from Memphis State University in Memphis, Tennessee, and an M.A. from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Alana is also a published composer and plays a variety of musical instruments. She is married to John Allen, a Baptist minister. Together, they have served the Lord in churches and in the field of evangelism for over 46 years. She believes that music is powerful and that it has the ability to touch us, crossing lines of culture and generations, lifting spirits and reaching hearts.

    Office Manager

    Tina has been with us at FBCC since 1997, and serves as the financial secretary and administrative assistant to the senior pastor. Tina holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Jacksonville State University, and is a native of Cherokee County. Tina is married to Tim McCord and they have two children: Jake and Jessica.


  • Melissa Cothran

    Communications & Media

    Bio coming soon!



    Shepherd's Fold Daycare Director

    Renee has been a member of First Baptist Centre since 1973 and serves as the Director of Shepherd’s Fold Daycare which hosts around 100 children daily. She greatly enjoys working with our children, parents, and the Shepherd's Fold staff. Renee is also involved with the Impact Worship Team, the Sanctuary Choir, Women’s Ministry, and Mission Team.


  • Chris Cothran

    Recreation Director

    Bio coming soon!