Pastor Gene came to Russellville in July 2012 after having previously served as pastor at Trenton Street Baptist Church in Harriman, TN (2006-2012) and Cherokee Hills Baptist Church in Morristown, TN (1999-2006). Gene also served as the Minister of Youth/Education at First Baptist Church of Rogersville, TN (1994-1999).
Growing up in Knoxville, Gene attended Wallace Memorial Baptist Church where he accepted the call into the ministry at age 19. He received a BA in church recreation from Carson Newman before graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1994 with a Masters of Divinity of Degree.
Pastor Gene currently serves on the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. He and his lovely wife, Melinda, were married in 1990 and have two precious children, Jonathan and Lindsay. In addition to his love for God's word and ministry, Gene enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and University of Tennessee Athletics.