First Baptist church staff Bios

  • Dr. Brenton Cox

    Lead pastor

    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. Gavin and Amy have two children, Hadlee and Carson. You can follow Brenton on twitter: @PastorBCox

  • Jake Dorak

    associate Pastor

    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 and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry in Great Commission Leadership from Southeastern. Jake came to FBC Manchester in June of 2014. 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 four children, a son named Luke, a daughter in heaven named Ella Kate, and their twins: Elliot & Katelyn. Jake enjoys reading, jogging, and watching the Tennessee Volunteers play football. You can follow Jake on twitter: @jakedorak

  • Todd Green

    Worship Pastor

    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

    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 held a student ministry position in Johnson City, Tennessee. Tim and his wife, Shawnda, have three children, Chloe, Judson and Brody. You can follow Tim on Facebook

  • Daniel McKenzie

    Discipleship Pastor

    Daniel grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  He graduated from the University of Alabama (1997) and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2000) in Fort Worth, TX.  Daniel joined the FBC staff in August 2020.  He previously served for as Youth Pastor for 20 years at Central Baptist Church in Johnson City, TN.  Daniel has studio recording experience on several projects including two of his own Christmas album releases in 2010 and 2013.  He and his wife, DeAnne, have three sons – Clayton, Carter, and Davis.  Daniel enjoys playing guitar, bass, and drums; listening to 80’s music; fantasy sports; watching his sons play baseball; and pulling for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

  • Meghan clayton
    Preschool & Children's Minister

    Meghan is a native of Decatur, Alabama. She graduated from Carson-Newman University (2015) with degrees in Church Music, Instrumental Performance, and Spanish. She received a Master of Arts in Christian Education with an emphasis in Children’s Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas in 2018. Meghan began serving on staff as the Preschool & Children’s Minister in July of 2018. She has previously served on staff at First Baptist Church in Willow Park, Texas. In her spare time, you can find Meghan baking, reading, playing board games with friends, drinking a cup of coffee, or watching Braves baseball.

  • Daniel disch

    church administrator

    Daniel grew up in Michigan where he started working for General Motors.  He moved to Tennessee to work for Saturn Corp.  Daniel retired from General Motors in 2011 after 32.5 yrs. of service. Daniel has two sons, Ian and Justin, and one step-daughter Julie.  

  • Karen Pittman

    Church secretary

    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 Pro Presenter 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

    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.

  • Shawnda Hensiek

    Director of Recreation ministries


    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 three children, Chloe, Judson and Brody.