First Baptist church staff Bios

  • Dr. Brenton Cox

    Lead pastor

    bcox.fbc@gmail.com

    Dr. Cox is a native of Epworth, Georgia. He is a graduate of Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. He holds Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX. He previously pastored Bethlehem Baptist Church in Copperhill, Tennessee, and Valley View Baptist Church in Cleveland, Tennessee. He has been pastor at First Baptist, Manchester, since 1994. Brenton and Cyndi have two sons, Zachary who is married to Emily and Gavin who is married to Amy. Zachary and Emily have three sons, Cooper, Hank, and Quinn. You can follow Brenton on twitter: @PastorBCox



  • Jake Dorak

    associate Pastor

    jdorak.fbc@gmail.com

    Jake is a native of Manchester, TN. He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University (2004) in Johnson, City, TN where he received a Bachelor degree in Communication. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2013) in Wake Forest, NC. Jake came to FBC Manchester in June of 2013. He has previously served as a Student Pastor for five years in Kingsport, TN and Lead Pastor in Spring Hope, NC for three years. Jake met his wife, Katie, at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry of ETSU. They have one son named Luke. Jake enjoys reading, jogging, and watching the Tennessee Volunteers play football. You can follow Jake on twitter: @jakedorak

  • Todd Green

    Worship Pastor

    toddgreen.fbc@gmail.com

    Todd is originally from South Carolina and is married to his favorite pianist, Susan Green. They have a beautiful daughter named Mary. Todd is most comfortable leading worship from behind his guitar and enjoys new praise songs as well as new arrangements of classic hymns. Todd has been singing with the trio, Trademark, since 2010 and has recorded several CDs with them. He also enjoys writing songs and devotions. Prior to coming to First Baptist Church in 2015, Todd and Susan served 15 years at a church in Nashville, TN. He has a Bachelors Degree in Music from Anderson College in South Carolina and a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance and Church Music from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.  You can follow Todd's blog on Facebook or listen to his music here. You can also learn more about Trademark on their website.

  • Tim Hensiek

    Student Pastor

    timhensiek@gmail.com

    Tim is a native of Casey, Illinois. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University (2001) in Edwardsville, Illinois. He holds a training certificate from The Kanakuk Institute (2003) in Branson, Missouri and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2007) in Louisville, Kentucky. He previously help a student ministry position in Johnson City, Tennessee. Tim and his wife, Shawnda, have two children, Chloe and Judson. You can follow Tim on Facebook

  • Cyndi Cox

    Director of Christian Education

    ccox.fbc@gmail.com

    Cyndi is a native of McCaysville, GA. She is a graduate of Shorter University in Rome, GA. She holds a Master of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. She and her husband, Brenton, have two sons, Zachary, who is married to Emily and Gavin, who is married to Amy. Zachary and Emily have three sons, Cooper, Hank, and Quinn. You can follow Cyndi on Twitter: @CyndiKCox

  • Melissa Todd

    director of preschool ministries

    melandscoottodd@gmail.com

    Director of Preschool Ministries

    melandscoottodd@gmail.com

    Melissa Todd is a native of Manchester, TN.  She is a graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing.  Melissa and her husband Scott have two children Bodey and Olley.  Her duties are the Preschool Ministry, including the Preschool Weekday program, and First Steps Christian Preschool. 

  • Liz Lawson

    director of children's ministries

    lizandsteve@charter.net

    DIRECTOR OF Children's ministries

    lizandsteve@charter.net

    Liz originally grew up in Michigan but has called Manchester, Tennessee home for many years. She has over 25 years of experience in various types of children's ministry. She loves serving the children and families of First Baptist Church. Liz is married to Steve and they have one daughter and one son, Hannah and Andrew. 

  • Shawnda Hensiek

    Director of Recreation ministries

    SHENSIEK.FBC@GMAIL.COM

    Shawnda is a native of Maynardville, TN. She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University (2003) in Johnson City, TN where she received her Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She also holds a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2007) in Louisville, KY. She and her husband, Tim, have two children, Chloe and Judson.  

  • Karen Pittman

    Church secretary

    pittman@manchesterfbc.com

    Karen is a native of Winchester, TN. She is a graduate of North Alabama College of Commerce, a business school, in Huntsville, AL, where she holds a certification in Secretarial Science. Her duties at First Baptist Church include preparation of the newsletter, mid week prayer sheet, Sunday worship bulletins, and Media Shout presentations for worship services as well as assisting church staff, members, and visitors in various ministries. She and her husband, Clint, have three children, Colt, Cade, and Kassi.

  • Jennifer Bell

    Financial Secretary

    jenbell.fbc@gmail.com

    Jennifer grew up in Winchester, TN. She is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University where she received her degree in Accounting.  She worked as an auditor with a CPA firm in Nashville for 7 years before moving to Manchester. Jennifer and her husband, Jon, have two children, Kamryn and Carter.