Staff

Chris George, Pastor

Chris is a graduate of Samford University, Harvard Divinity School and received the Doctor of Ministry from Methodist Theological School of Ohio.

Chris loves hearing and telling the stories of God at work in the past and present, and leading people into God’s good future. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four children. Chris has served as the Pastor at Smoke Rise since April 2013.

Becky Caswell-Speight, Minister of Families, Faith Formation and Connection

Becky is from Louisville, KY. She received her B.A. in Religion from Georgetown College and her Master of Divinity from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. She finds joy in creating new ways for young families to experience God’s love together. Outside of church Becky spends most of her time with her husband Josh and chasing after their two girls Ainsley and Evelyn.

Jeremy Colliver, Minister of Youth, Missions and Communications

Jeremy is a native of Lexington, KY and received his B.S. in Accounting from Georgetown College and his Master of Divinty from the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. Jeremy has a passion for helping students to experience God daily, discover their spiritual gifts, and empower students to use those gifts. Jeremy and Laura have three great kids, Blaine, Molly Frances, and Liam. They love to be outside exploring the world that is around them.

Bart McNiel, Associate Pastor

Bart is a graduate of The University of Mobile and Florida State University, obtaining degrees in Psychology, Religion, and Law. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Health from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas. Bart is passionate about congregational life and care. He enjoys helping people experience God’s love in word, worship and work.

Bart likes poetry, music, and movies. He enjoys family fun days with his wife, Stacey McNiel, and their two young girls.

James Smith, Pastoral Care Associate
Danny Vancil, Minister of Music & Worship

Danny became the Minister of Worship & Music at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in May, 2006. A native of Illinois, Danny received a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Murray State University (1986) and a Master of Church Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1989). Danny loves creating thoughtful worship that utilizes both traditional and modern elements while maintaining historic Baptist values.

Merrilee Brock
Communication Coordinator

Denise Burcham
Director of Academy of Arts

Amanda Coe Burton
Ministry Director for Children and Families

Lynne Ginn
Music Admin. Asst./Wedding Coordinator

Glenn & Pat Herndon
Missions Assistants

Ashley Litzell
Communications Assistant 

Harrison Litzell
Weekday School Co-Director

David MacFarlane
Director of Administration and Communication

Stacey McNiel
Weekday School Co-Director

Teri Moore
Pastoral Administrative Assistant

Antowyn Smith
Facilities Manager

Karen Stitt
Hostess Assistant

Lou Tankersley
Church Hostess

Jill Wade
Financial Administrator

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