Trustee Nominations

In August, Trustee nominations from all campuses were received and in November all campuses voted to elect three out of the ten nominees. 

Congratulations to Andy Dodson, Craig Reed, and Dennis Moses. These men will serve for the next four years, replacing the Trustees whose terms will end at the end of the year. 

To learn more about each of the Trustees and the importance of the role in our church, visit

  • Wes Burtner

  • Spouse: Candice
    Children: Max, Reese, Grace, and Scarlett
    Occupation: Director of Athletic Fundraising at Belmont University
    Current Service: Deacon & LIFE Group Leader at Avenue South
    Past Service: Deacon for 2 years
    Statement of Faith: Because Jesus Christ bled and died on the cross as a payment for my life, I know that my life has value and significance. My home, my family, my children, my work, and the places I go and the people I meet there are the mission field God has given me. I believe the ultimate purpose I have in my time here on earth is to glorify God and praise Him for what He has done. I will do that by acknowledging my need and acceptance of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by living a life as Christ-like as I possibly can, by seeking a fellowship with Jesus Christ through prayer, and by demonstrating love to those I meet along my journey. 

  • Andy Dodson

  • Spouse: Norma
    Children: Mark, Steve, and Melissa
    Occupation: Retired, LifeWay Christian Resources—Director, Corporate Distribution Services.
    Current Service: Deacon Ministry (ordained at Brentwood Baptist on September 25, 1977), Missions Prayer Group, Usher Services, Missions Advisory Group (MAG), Board Member for Freedom’s Promise (Brentwood Baptist Missions Partner), Volunteer for Men of Valor (Brentwood Baptist Missions Partner)
    Past Service: Rockbridge Foundation Board (2009-2012), SeniorLink Planning Team (2005), Prayer Room (1970s-1980s; 2000-2005), PLACE Class (2004), Chairman of Deacons (1984), Chairman of Long Range Planning Committee (1981), Sunday School Teacher (1970s-1980s), Church Training Leader (1970s-1980s), Mission Journeys to Romania, Moldova, and Cambodia (2004-2014; Cambodia scheduled for December 2014), Servant’s Heart Award (2012)
    Statement of Faith: I accepted Christ as my personal Savior when I was in the fourth grade on a Sunday morning at the Oak Avenue Baptist Church in Ada, Oklahoma. I was baptized a few days later. I was active in church throughout my primary and secondary school years. My membership was at the First Baptist Church in Norman, OK, through my college years. It was at FBC in Norman where I learned to live by biblical promises. My commitment to the Lord is centered on missions. It began in the summer of 1961 when Norma and I, as newlyweds, went to Chicago to serve as summer missionaries. This focus has continued until the present time with mission journeys to Russia, Romania, Hungary, and Moldova. 

  • Jeff Gardner

    Spouse: Melanie
    Children: Parker and Ella
    Occupation: Quality/Education Coordinator for Pediatric Respiratory Therapy at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
    Current Service: Deacon at Station Hill, LIFE Group Co-leader at Station Hill, Praise Band Member at Station Hill, Financial Peace Facilitator at Brentwood Baptist and Station Hill, Medical Dental Unit Volunteer
    Past Service: Deacon at Brentwood Baptist (2009-2014), Young Married LIFE Group Leader (2010-2012)
    Statement of Faith: At 10-years-old, I recognized my need for Christ as my Lord and Savior. I understood that Christ was the only way to salvation and that nothing that I could do would ever earn my salvation. I confessed myself as a sinner, asked forgiveness for my sins, repented, and asked the Lord to come into my life. I was baptized as part of my public profession of faith. God led my family and I to Brentwood Baptist in 2005, where I began the most significant spiritual growth of my life. I believe that I am made in the image of God and that my ultimate fulfillment comes through the transformation into Christ-likeness by giving my life over to the lordship of Christ. Psalm 18:2-3. 

  • Ruth Hillis

    Occupation: Mediator/community volunteer; retired employment attorney.
    Current Service: Member at The Church at Avenue South, Volunteer Coordinator for Carter-Lawrence Elementary School Partnership, 1st/2nd Grade Sunday School Teacher, Women’s LIFE Group Host
    Past Service: Amazon Medical Mission Journey, 1st and 2nd grade Sunday School Teacher, VBS Teacher; LIFE Group and Prayer Group Member, Nashville Campus Launch Team Member
    Statement of Faith: I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. My joy in life is Romans 8:35-39. No one can separate me from Christ’s love! I believe in the Great Commission and in the obligationof the local church to minister to each other and to the world. I began attending Brentwood Baptist because I believed it to be a great teaching congregation and I wanted to learn. What I didn’t anticipate was that the love and prayers of Brentwood Baptist members would support me through multiple losses and bring a breakthrough in a 13-year-old unsolved murder of a family member. My testimony is that Brentwood Baptist is a “sent” congregation under Romans 10:15. 

  • Stephen Moore

  • Spouse: Stephanie Lyn
    Children: Jennifer, Jeanette, Sarah, Perry, and Katherine Anne Occupation: Financial Planning and Investment Management
    Current Service: Deacon, RockBridge Foundation ad hoc Trustee, Convalescent Care Team Member, Leading a Life Stewardship class Past Service: Deacon Chairman (2009), Deacon Team Leader (2005-2006), Summer Connect Group Leader for Station Hill (2014)
    Statement of Faith: Growing up in a Christian family that worshiped together, I accepted Jesus at age 12. I was fortunate to attend Union University, which provided a stronger foundation. Even though I thought I knew all the right answers as a young man, I desired a more intimate relationship with Him. Since Jesus keeps pursuing me and through the circumstances of life, which prove me powerless, He is able to supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Today, my personal relationship with Jesus allows me to live in the joy of my salvation as I desire to be conformed to His image each day. 

  • Dennis Moses

  • Spouse: Pam
    Children: Lara, Brandon, Matt, Josh, Justin, and Zach
    Occupation: Church Lending Consultant.
    Current Service: Deacon on Team K, Place Coach, Certified Christian Life Coach
    Past Service: Deacon (20 years), Deacon Chairman (2010), Stewardship Team, Stephen Minister Leader
    Statement of Faith: I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was eighteen-years-old and was baptized at Hickory Valley Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN; It wasn’t until I was thirty-three that I truly surrendered the Lordship of my life to Jesus. Since that time my life verse and mission has been Colossians 1:27. 

  • Eric Newton

    Spouse: Lanie
    Children: Jamie, Kacy, and Leslie
    Occupation: SVP Vertical Markets - Comdata
    Current Service: Teach a LIFE Group called Learning to Lean
    Past Service: Played trumpet in Orchestra (2004-2005)
    Statement of Faith: I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was a young boy around the age of 7. I knew that I was a sinner and needed to be saved, but didn’t totally understand everything about following Christ. I still don’t. I do know that it is a life-long process of learning to deny myself and follow Him. Jesus is my Savior and my Lord. I try to live each day in a way that brings honor to His name by showing others the love and grace He has so freely given me. Some days I do better than others. Thankfully His grace covers them all. Serving Him is the only thing I do that has eternal significance. 

  • Tony H. Nunn

    Spouse: Barbara
    Children: Troy
    Occupation: Retired educator: teacher, counselor, principal, and administrator. Taught young couples Bible study for twenty years and served as Sunday School Director for seven years at Immanuel Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, KY.
    Current Service: LIFE Group Facilitator at The Church at West Franklin, Volunteer work with Oikos and neighboring concept with the Discipleship and Assimilation departments
    Past Service: Joined Brentwood Baptist in 2010, Facilitated neighborhood gatherings in several neighborhoods, Organized 3 Focus Studies, Served on the Sweet Sleep Board of Directors as Governance Chair (2010-2013)
    Statement of Faith: I accepted Christ as a result of attending Bible study at an early age. Through family and friends (my Oikos) in the church, I have grown as a Christian and my greatest desire is to be more like Christ. Galatians 2:20 is my life verse. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 

  • Gail Patterson

  • Spouse: Jean
    Children: Victoria and Frank
    Occupation: Retired from Archer Daniels Midland Co.
    Current Service: Deacon Ministry, Worship Choir Leadership Team, Vacation Bible School Teacher (3rd grade), Media Team
    Past Service: Kairos Prayer Counselor (2008-2012), South Africa Mission Journey teaching financial management to churches and members (2008)
    Statement of Faith: I was always in church from my earliest days as a child. My godly mother and daddy were greatly involved in serving God through our church in many ways. I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was nine years old. I believe that Jesus is the only way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. I believe that I am called to live a life planned by Him, ordained through Him, and by His mercy and grace I will live for Him. Isaiah 26:3. 

  • Craig Reed

  • Spouse: Alison
    Children: William, Caroline, and Owen
    Occupation: Financial Planner and Director of Research at TrustCore Financial, Inc.
    Current Service: Stewardship Team, Parking Lot Team
    Past Service: Attended Brentwood Baptist since 1973, Membership Involvement Team, Youth Sunday School Teacher, Children’s Sunday School Teacher, Capital Campaign Coordinator Team, Stewardship Team Chair
    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, serving as a Trustee would be a privilege and honor. Colossians 3:23.