Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders

The People feature can be used to publish profiles and contact information for pastors, staff, deacons and any other groups. You can optionally organize people by group.

Senior Pastor

Pastor Tom Shepard

I have served as the lead Pastor at Addis since July of 2010 and have experienced as many failures and trials in my life as the next man, and I certainly do not walk on water. It is a blessing to serve and work in the community we love. I believe our God is a God of second chances, and is continually doing a redemptive work in the hearts of men. I am married to my best friend, Daneyel, and…
Executive/Worship Pastor

Rev. Ben Harris

I have served on staff at Addis since January 2011. My wife and I were married in September of 2011 and we welcomed our first child in April 2013 and will welcome our second Oct 2017. I grew up in a Southern Baptist Church learning the Word of God as a child, but it wasn’t until later in life, at age 22, that I would come to experience a real and personal walk with Jesus. Due to the love and…
Media-Technology/Senior Adult Director

Gary Smith

For over 40 years I’ve enjoyed serving in church. From music to media, from technology to group ministries. Over the years, God continues to provide many ways we can express His love and salvation. Lisa and I met in the Music Library at Southeastern… married in 78’… and we’ve been blessed to share these ministry experiences together. Our son Garrett and his wife Libby are also musicians.
Children’s Director

Missy Kennedy

Missy and her husband Keith are from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has earned her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Louisiana College and has been teaching for over 25 years. She has a heart for children and missions. Her goal is to partner with parents in providing spiritual direction and training so that when our children grow up they will not depart from the faith. Missy and Keith are the parents of six young adult children.
Headmaster- TCA at Addis

Jean Putnam

Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6How pure and innocent is a child’s love.  As they grow, it’s my joy to help them learn about God’s love in creative and relevant ways. With our leaders and teachers, we also enjoy providing support and encouragement for parents as they lay the foundation of spiritual growth at home.
Parent’s Day Out Director

Catherine Harris

I’ve been serving at Church at Addis since 2011 alongside my husband Ben Harris. At 13 years of age I accepted Christ into my life. Early on, my plans were a lot different than His. But, He had something special planned for me. He gave me a gift to love and teach the little hearts and minds of children about His truth. I’m blessed to serve with a willing and loving heart.“Train up a child in the way they should…
Deacon- Kitchen Director- Growth Group Leader

Rickey Andre

In May Kellye and I will be married 40 years. We love Church at Addis because of all the great people and spiritual growth we’ve experienced. As a Deacon I serve the Pastors and and the people of the church. As Kitchen Director I enjoy planning meals with our Kitchen Team for Wednesday nights. And, Larry Larson and I co-lead our High School Boys Growth Group. I encourage all men to join us at Monday Night Men’s Group and find…

Jimmie Jackson


Buster Robertson


John Alexander


Wayne Carline

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