Rev. Ray Turner knows almost everyone, and almost everyone knows him. He is a familiar face to Baptist churches in the Southeast, having served as minister of music for Dr. Cecil Hodges and Dr. Raymond Hancock earlier in his ministry. At PBC, he serves as the minister of music and director of the Prime-Timers. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University, and he and his wife Brenda have six children and fifteen grandchildren. Some of his favorite things are soul-stirring choir specials, good country cooking, and, of course, his grandkids.

Mr. Seth Haas serves as the principal of Peoples Baptist Academy. He grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and attended Crown College in Powell, Tennessee. He has served in many different capacities in church ministry, but he has a desire to assist parents and students in the school ministry. He and his wife Meredith have two daughters, Aven and Juliet, and one son, Cade. Mr. Haas's favorite things would be a Milo's hamburger (which can only be found in Birmingham), the sound of a perfectly struck 7-iron, and classic muscle cars.

Mr. Nathan Rickner has been a part of the ministry of Peoples Baptist Church and Academy for many years. A PBA graduate, Mr. Rickner attended Hyles-Anderson College, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in pastoral theology and a master's degree in education. He serves faithfully in our church as youth pastor, works tirelessly in our bus ministry, and teaches and coaches in our academy. According to him, you can't beat Saturday afternoon college football or a good steak.


Rev. Randall Rickner is deeply involved in many aspects of our church and school

ministries. He grew up in Marion, Indiana, and attended college in Hammond, where he obtained degrees in pastoral ministries, Christian education administra-tion, and a specialist degree in school administration. Church side, he heads up our bus ministry and children’s ministries. School side, he has taught for 30 years, 11 of those being at PBA. He and his wife Jan have a son and daughter who also both serve on staff at our church and academy. In any spare time he happens to have, Mr. Rickner enjoys golfing, running, and eating at Outback.

Rev. Mark McElreath grew up here at Peoples Baptist Church and graduated from Peoples Baptist Academy. He and his family have served as missionaries in Ethiopia and served in Tennessee on church staff and college faculty. Mark has a bachelors degree in Music Ministry from Crown College of the Bible and a Master of Divinity degree from Crown Seminary. He serves as the music director and missions director of PBC and teaches Bible at Peoples Baptist Academy. He and his wife Katie have four children--Macy, Mackenna, Max, and Madison--with another little girl on the way. Mark loves to go out on a bookstore date with his wife, play with his kids, collect old books and hymnals, and travel.