Burnt Hickory leadership

The staff and leadership at Burnt Hickory Church of Christ is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church.

our shepherds

  • Ken & Carol Ann Braziel

    Since December 2017

    Ken and Carol Ann married in 1987 and have two married children. They moved to the Atlanta area from Texas. Ken enjoys golf, travel, NASCAR and spending time with family. Carol Ann and Ken have a passion for mentoring young families and are excited to help with the new church plant in Bartow county.

  • Bob & Sheila DuPriest

    Since July 2014

    Bob and Sheila were married in 1968. Bob is originally from Birmingham, AL and Sheila grew up in Marietta, GA. They have a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren. Bob worked for Eastman Chemical Company for 36 years in Kingport, TN. He had various work assignments in Systems Development, Human Relations and Organizational Development. After leaving Eastman, Bob was an independent Executive Consultant for 10 years. He is now retired. Sheila is a retired teacher.

  • Jim & Pat Hawes

    Since December 2017

    Jim and Pat were married in 1963. They have been members of the church since 1968. They have two sons and five grandchildren. Most recently Jim has served as Deacon in the Benevolence Ministry. Jim served in the US Air Force and the Georgia Air National Guard. Jim worked for Eastern and Northwest Airlines and Omni Air International as a mechanic and Aircraft Maintenance Inspector. Jim was recognized by the FAA with the Charles Taylor Award for 50 years in Aircraft Maintenance.

  • Gary & Susan Horn

    Since October 1994

    Gary and Susan married in 1967. They have two children and five grandchildren. They moved to Atlanta from New Orleans after Gary left active duty in the Navy. He has served as a Shepherd since 1994 and prior to that served as a Deacon. He enjoys writing poetry and scripts and is a master of puns. Helping people through difficulties with God's guidance is what drives Gary's service as a Christian.

  • Carlos & Denise Phillips

    Since December 2017

    Carlos and Denise were married in 1995. Carlos grew up in College Park, GA and Denise is originally from Nashville, TN. They have a daughter and son, both members of Burnt Hickory. Carlos works in Information Technology for AT&T in Atlanta. Denise works as a Physical Therapist for the Wellstar Health System. Carlos is an adult Bible study teacher and Denise works with the Greeting Ministry and the Women's Ministry Encouragement Team.

  • Don & Susan Richardson

    Since June 2008

    Don and his wife, Susan, were married in 1990. They have one son, Davis, who has grown up at Burnt Hickory. Don has taught adult Bible classes since he and Susan began worshiping at Smyrna (now Burnt Hickory) in 1991. He served as a Deacon in Communications and more recently in Adult Spiritual Development. He graduated from David Lipsomb College with a degree in accounting in 1981. His professional career has been focused in the real estate industry with the last years in technology.

  • Ron & Janice Wiley

    Since January 2002

    Ron and Janice married in 1973. They began worship with this congregation in 1975. They have two children and four grandchildren. Ron has served as a Deacon, the Church Treasurer, teacher, LIFE Group leader, and has participated in multiple short-term mission trips. Ron retired from the General Electric Company in 2009.

  • James & Sandy Wilson

    Since December 2017

    James and Sandy Wilson are from Alabama. They married in 1980. They have three boys (Terry, Cameron, Tyler). James spent 23 years in the US  Air Force. Sandy is an elementary school counselor and licensed therapist. James is currently the Sr. Aerospace Science Instructor at Marietta High School. He also served as Deacon of Inner-City Ministry, Benevolence and Church Greeting. James' joy in life is serving others and bringing a smile to those he comes in contact with daily.

Our ministers

  • Scott Franks, Preaching Minister

    Since June 2008

    Scott is responsible for preaching, teaching, and vision-casting. He is originally from Montana, and has degrees in business management and English/creative writing. He has been in ministry since 2000, previously working with churches in Houston and Oklahoma City. His wife Sheree is originally from Oklahoma and works as an accountant. They have two daughters: Darby attends Oklahoma Christian University and Roxy attends Harrison High School.

  • Adam Bridgman, Bartow Plant Minister

    Since March 2018

    Adam is taking the lead in our church plant effort. He is developing our core group for the new church in Bartow county, making connections with people in that area and he will fulfill the pastoral duties for members of that campus. The new church will initially operate as a "branch" campus of Burnt Hickory. Adam's wife, April, and their sons Izaac, Ezra, and Micah joined us in March 2018, moving from Madisonville, Kentucky. 

  • Geoff Giesemann, Discipleship Minister

    Since February 2016

    Geoff Giesemann joined Burnt Hickory as our Discipleship Minister in February 2016. Geoff works to foster our spiritual development and also focuses on outreach and teaching people who are searching for Christ. Geoff brings 38 years of experience in ministry including 8 years as a missionary in Venezuela. Geoff is President of the Board for Right Steps, Inc., an orphanage and school in Nigeria. Geoff and Patti are the parents of two daughters, Stephanie and Jennifer, and have two grandchildren.

  • Justin Moore, Youth Minister

    Since February 2011

    Justin attended the Smyrna Church of Christ since his childhood, where his passion for Youth Ministry was first sparked. “My passion to serve God and share what He has done in my life has been on my heart since I was a Junior in high school,” he explains. Justin sees his role as one that helps to “mentor, disciple, encourage, and bring young men and women to know their heavenly Father in an intimate way.” Justin and his wife, Amanda, love being a part of the teens lives since February 2011. They have 3 children.

  • Beth Tidwell, Children's Minister & head of Bright Beginnings preschool

    Since August 2016

    Beth has a degree in Early Childhood Education and 5 years’ experience as a 2nd grade teacher in Cobb County schools. She has taught Sunday School for various grades for 12 years and chaperoned and led mission trips to Cozumel, Mexico. As our Children's Minister, she oversees our children ages birth to 5th grade, which includes preschool Sunday classes, children’s church and the nursery. She joined our staff in August 2016.

  • Lauren Barber, Bright Beginnings Administrator & Children's Assistant Minister

    Since August 2016

    Lauren  joined our staff in August 2016. She has taught in our Children's Ministry program and Bright Beginnings for several years. She oversees our preschool program on a daily basis and works tirelessly with all the events of the Children's Ministry.

Our support Staff


  • Becky Touchstone, Office Manager

    Since 1993

    Everyone who knows Becky will be quick to tell you of her incredible dedication to God, her family, and Burnt Hickory. Becky worked in the Smyrna Church of Christ office for two years, beginning in 1993. She took another job for about nine months then had the opportunity to return to the church office in 1996-and has been serving the congregation ever since. She views her position as an opportunity to not only help others but grow closer to God, as well.

  • Randy Stroud, Facilities Manager

    Since April 2003

    Randy clearly demonstrates his love for what he does at Burnt Hickory in tending to our 40,000 square foot building and 20 acre grounds. No matter what he does, he does his best. Whether it's related to family,  work, or running, he always gives his all. Randy has been on staff since April 2003, overseeing the facility, grounds, and transportation. He keeps things in excellent working order and looking great.

  • Candy Bracewell, Financial Manager

    Since November 2017

    Candy comes to us with a MBA and years of experience in the banking sector. She works part time in the church office and is a consultant for some small credit unions. Candy has been a member of Burnt Hickory since 2000 and has served on the Finance Team, in Children's Ministry, and participated in several Honduras mission trips.

  • Sharon Rottier, Administrative Assistant

    Since April 2004

    Sharon provides office support and is responsible for communications to the church through the Order of Worship, our website, Facebook page, announcement slides and Caremails. She also maintains the church management database system, use of the building and church calendar, among other duties. She feels her job is part of her ministry to the Church and to God.

  • Jennifer bethel, administrative assistant

    Since October 2018

    Jennifer works 20 hours a week helping to provide office support. Her responsibilities include inputting attendance, entering new guests into the database, and assists with preparing the Order of Worship, as well as other duties. She has been a member since 2001, leads a ladies small group, and teaches in the Youth Ministry. She is a welcome addition to the church office.