Trustee Nominations

The Trustees of Brentwood Baptist Church are elected by the congregation to pray for and work with the Pastor. They confirm the leading of the Holy Spirit for our church, overseeing the ministries and programs to ensure our strategies align with God’s vision for our congregation. Needless to say, this is an important ministry, and that’s why we are so deliberate in our selection process.

Ballots will be available for voting on Sunday, November 4 and Sunday, November 11. Church bylaws do not allow for absentee voting.

To learn more about how we're structured as a church, including more information about the role of Trustee, visit our Governance page.


  • John Barker

    Spouse: Trudy

    Children: Chelsea (Ryan Jones), Hannah (Dustin Towery)

    Occupation: Music Publishing Administration (ClearBox Rights, LLC)

    Campus: Brentwood

    Current Service at Brentwood Baptist: Off-Campus LIFE Group Leader; Co-leader for “Men In Training;” Serves on producer team for Sunday morning services

    Past Service at Brentwood Baptist: Staff Resource Team (2014-2017); LIFE Group Leader (LLEB - “Life, Love, & Everything In Between”) (2011-2017); Orchestra member

    Statement of Faith: I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior when I was 13, and I believe that serving in the church is an important part of our walk with God. I try and live my life to “rejoice in the Lord always,” as Paul says in Philippians 4, and to continually “search for God’s wisdom and understanding as I would for silver or hidden treasure” (Proverbs 2).

  • Wes Burtner

    Spouse: Candice

    Children: Max, Reese, Grace, and Scarlett

    Occupation: Founder/Creator of StoryPrint Podcast & Founder of VHERE, a VR production company

    Campus: Avenue South

    Current Service at Brentwood Baptist (and its regional campuses): LIFE Group Leader

    Past Service at Brentwood Baptist: Deacon (2012–2015)

    Statement of Faith: James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.” As someone who professes Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I’m also someone who confesses my daily and constant need for wisdom from my Creator to help me in learning how to be a better husband, father, and friend. I pray that as in Ephesians 3:16, “He would grant…according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit.”

  • Robert (Bob) Carter

    Spouse: Susan

    Children: Scott (Crystal) and Candace (Jay)

    Occupation: Retired

    Campus: Brentwood

    Current Service at Brentwood Baptist: Trustee (2018); LIFE Group Leadership

    Past Service at Brentwood Baptist: Deacon (1991-2016); Deacon Chairman (1992-1993); Brentwood Baptist Foundation Board (2011-2013); Children’s LIFE Group Leader (1990s & 2000s); Men’s Ministry (early 1990s); Trustee (2001-2002; 2018)

    Statement of Faith: I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at age 15. I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died for my sins. Christ is my source for eternal life and is the only way to eternity with my Heavenly Father. The basis for my faith is expressed in John 3:16.

  • Jeff Kauppila

    Spouse: Amy

    Children: Audrey, Abigail, and Daniel

    Occupation: Research Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University

    Campus: Brentwood

    Current Service at Brentwood Baptist: Deacon; Sunday Morning LIFE Group Leader; Leader Enlistment Team; Gospel Conversation Coach

    Past Service at Brentwood Baptist: Staff Resource Team (2009-2012); Off-Campus LIFE Group Leader (2003-2005); On-Campus LIFE Group Leader (2008-2010); Focus Study Leader (On-Campus: 2009; Off-Campus: 2013, 2015); TNT Participant (2005-2007); Decision Counselor (2003-2005)

    Statement of Faith: At the age of 14, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  The witness of classmates, who attended Brentwood Baptist, ignited my curiosity to read the Scriptures and opened my eyes to my need for a Savior. I believe the Bible is the divinely inspired and inerrant Word of God. Salvation is offered freely to all mankind. It was purchased by the blood of Christ and is available to all who accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. There is only one way to God, in accordance with John 14:6, and that is through faith in Jesus Christ. I desire to follow God’s commands in 2 Timothy 2:2 and 2:15, and thus to encourage others to be not only disciples of Christ, but also to be disciple-makers.

  • Marlin Keel

    Spouse: Donna

    Children: Daniel (Traci), Karen Campbell

    Occupation: Civil Engineer & Registered Land Surveyor (Retired). Also worked as a consultant in the Private Sector and Director of Public Works/City Engineer in the Public Sector.

    Campus: Woodbine

    Current Service at Brentwood Baptist: Deacon; LIFE Group Leader; Volunteer at Whitsitt Elementary School

    Past Service at Brentwood Baptist: LIFE Group Co-Leader for young couples (2011-2013) and singles (2013-2014); Member of The Church at Woodbine Transition Team (2014-2015); Chair of DayCare Taskforce at The Church at Woodbine (2016 – 2017)

    Statement of Faith: God Blessed me with parents who loved Him and loved me and my sisters. As a result of their example and teaching, and because of the godly example of others, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a young boy. Over many years, I have been blessed by Jesus’ love, mercy, and grace. I have needed all three in abundance. I am thankful that Jesus continues to work in my heart, in my home, and in my life to move me from where I am spiritually to where He wants me to be (Romans 12:1-2).

  • Dennis Moses

    Spouse: Pam

    Children: Lara, Brandon, Matt, Josh, Justin, and Zach

    Occupation: Church Lending Consultant

    Campus: Brentwood

    Current Service at Brentwood Baptist: Trustee, Deacon, PLACE Coach, Certified Christian Life Coach

    Past Service at Brentwood Baptist: Deacon (20 years), Deacon Chairman (2010), Finance Ministry Team, Stephen Minister Leader

    Statement of Faith: I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was 18 years old and was baptized at Hickory Valley Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. It wasn’t until I was 33 that I truly surrendered to Jesus as Lord of my life. Since that time, my life verse and mission has been Colossians 1:27.

  • Randy Overton

    Spouse: Rachel

    Children: Sydney, Sadler, Sutton, Sadie, Simms, Sully

    Occupation: Chief Financial Officer, PhyNet Dermatology

    Campus: West Franklin

    Current Service at Brentwood Baptist: Deacon Chairman, Preschool Teacher

    Past Service at Brentwood Baptist: Deacon (2015-Current), Deacon Vice Chairman (2017), Deacon Secretary (2016), Preschool Teacher Brentwood Campus (2007-2008)

    Statement of Faith: At the age of 8, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. This life-changing decision was due to the faithfulness of my parents and the faithful leaders in Sunday School, RAs, Choir, and the Youth Group at Brentwood Baptist who lived out Proverbs 22:6. I truly committed to Christ at the age of 33 and was baptized. I live my life after John 13:34-35.

  • Judy King Politzer

    Spouse: Michael

    Children: Patrick and Caroline, Jordan and Allie, and Cameron King, Jay and Emily Politzer

    Occupation: Founder & Principal of Quality Management Services, LLC

    Campus: Brentwood

    Current Service at Brentwood Baptist: Staff Resource Team;

    Gospels LIFE Group Leader; Missions in India

    Past Service at Brentwood Baptist: Staff Resource Team

    Chairman (2017)

    Statement of Faith: Jesus has made Himself known to me through His Word and Spirit, and by godly parents, family members, inspired pastors, teachers, and cherished friends. I gave my life to Him at age 8 and rededicated myself to Him when I was a young mom at 22. At age 34, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and that dramatically changed my perspective on life. I learned who and what was truly most important. Jesus is my all in all. Many years later, I cling to Ephesians 3:16-17a, “I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith.” My desire is to have my faith increase all the more and to give Him glory and honor in my personal and professional life. It is a true blessing to be a member of Brentwood Baptist and serve this church that God trusts with hard things!

  • Matt Ragan

    Spouse: Allison

    Children: Hays & Samuel

    Occupation: Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch

    Campus: Avenue South

    Current Service at Brentwood Baptist: Deacon Chairman, Usher, Mentor Relationships Ministry Mentor, Carter Lawrence Elementary School Partnership Mentor

    Past Service at Brentwood Baptist: Deacon Vice Chairman (2017), Deacon Secretary (2016), Adult LIFE Group Co-Leader (2013-2016), Launch Team (2012-2013)

    Statement of Faith: I believe in the one true God and that I belong to Him in life and in death. I believe that God has given His son Jesus Christ by His grace, fully human and fully God, to redeem mankind. Believing in Jesus as Lord of my life, everything I am and everything I have come from Him and work together for His purpose. He knows me, loves me, and has a plan for me. My desire is to serve Him with the gifts He has given me by connecting others to His love through relationships and service.

  • Craig Reed

    Spouse: Alison

    Children: William, Caroline, and Owen

    Occupation: Financial Planner and Director of Research at TrustCore Financial

    Campus: Brentwood

    Current Service at Brentwood Baptist: Trustee Chairman, Student Ministry High School LIFE Group Leader, Parking Lot Team

    Past Service at Brentwood Baptist: Attended since 1973, Membership Involvement Team, Children’s Sunday School Teacher, Capital Campaign Coordinator Team, Stewardship Team Chair, Financial Ministry Team

    Statement of Faith: I believe that Jesus Christ is God’s one and only Son who died to save me from my sins. He is my Lord and Savior, and through Him I have eternal life. I seek God’s will for my life every day, and Brentwood Baptist has been an integral part of my Christian walk since childhood. Both my wife and I grew up in this church and now raise our three children here. Not only because of this history, but also because of my love for Brentwood Baptist as the body of Christ, continuing my service as a Trustee would be a privilege and honor. (Colossians 3:23)

  • Bob Upton

    Spouse: Meg

    Children: Lori Upton Simmons, Rob Upton, Dow Walker, Garrett Walker

    Occupation: Vice President of Business Development, T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc.

    Campus: West Franklin

    Current Service at Brentwood Baptist: Deacon, LIFE Group Co-Leader; Room In The Inn Co-Leader; Usher

    Past Service at Brentwood Baptist: Member of Partnership Exploration Team for merger with Brentwood Baptist (2013); Room In the Inn Ministry Leader (2012-2015)

    Statement of Faith: I accepted Christ as my Savior as an 8-year-old, knowing fully that God loved me and wanted to claim me as His own. I believe and know Jesus as Shepherd, Savior, Sustainer, and Truth for my life. I have received God’s gracious goodness (Romans 8:28) and seek to follow His direction as given in 2 Corinthians 1:4.

  • Mike Witt

    Spouse: Barbara

    Children: Colin, Carrie, Meredith

    Occupation: Retired from AT&T

    Campus: Brentwood

    Current Service at Brentwood Baptist: Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support

    Past Service at Brentwood Baptist: Deacon (Ordained at BBC in 1992); Preschool Ministry Teacher (1992-1995); Budget and Finance Committee (1995-1998); Brentwood Baptist Business Manager (1998-2002); Finance Ministry Team (2007-2009; Chairman: 2009); Brentwood Baptist Foundation Advisory Trustee (2009); Trustee (2010-2017; Chairman: 2012-2013)

    Statement of Faith: In John 3:16, Jesus states it in the simplest and most straightforward manner: “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” This is a gift freely given through God’s grace and is available to all who acknowledge the lordship of Jesus Christ.