Dr. Fred Steelman
Interim Senior Pastor
Dr. Steelman has a B.S. from Mississippi State University, a Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctorate of Ministry from New Orleans Theological Seminary, and an Honorary Doctorate from Carson Newman University. He has been a pastor from more than 50 years, 33 of which were at Red Bank Baptist Church in Chattanooga.
Dr. Steelman has been active in denominational life serving on major boards of the TBC and the SBC. He serve from 1975-1984 on the TBC Executive Board and was elected President in 1983. As a Trustee at Carson Newman University from 1995-2007, Dr. Steelman was Chairman of the Board from 2003-2004. He is married with three grown children and five grandchildren. Since his retirement in 2006, he has served several lengthy interims and has managed to hunt and fish a significant amount.
After working in law enforcement for ten years, Matthew followed a calling to full-time ministry in 2010. He served as the Student Minister at Brainerd Hills before moving to his current position of Associate Pastor.
Matthew earned his Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and oversees many areas of the church. He leads with a strong vision for the future of both Brainerd Hills and its members that includes a passion for teaching and equipping God's people to become active witnesses for the Gospel in the communities where they live.
Matthew and his wife Erica have three children, who are all active members of the Brainerd Hills family. They live in Ooltewah, TN.
Minister of Music
Jeff joined the staff of Brainerd Hills in January of 1993 after graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Church Music. He originally served as Minister of Music & Youth, but as the church expanded, was moved to music ministry exclusively. His passion is to see the church engaged in heartfelt, biblical worship.
Jeff and his wife, Kris, reside in the East Brainerd community and have three children.
Minister of Education
Mike Lofton joined the pastoral staff of Brainerd Hills in 1998 after serving as Associate Pastor and Minister of Education at First Baptist Church of Ridgeland, Mississippi. Mike oversees the educational ministry of the church which encompasses the Sunday School Ministry, Discipleship/Equipping Ministry, and Outreach Ministry.
Mike graduated from Mississippi State University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and resides in Chattanooga with his wife Deborah and his two children, Meagan and Adam.
Minister to Students
Andrew serves as Minister to Students, joining our staff in September of 2013. He is from Ringgold, Georgia and is a product of the student ministry at Brainerd Hills. His desire is for students to fall in love with our Savior, Jesus Christ and follow Him wherever He leads.
He and his wife Jennifer have been married for five years and have two children, Cooper and Lily. They currently reside in Ringgold.
Andrew holds a BA in Business Administration from Maryville College where he played football and wrestled, and he is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree.
Director of Preschool and Nursery
Lindsay grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. She has a degree from the University of North Alabama in Social Work. Lindsay has over 10 years experience working in the field of childcare and early childhood education. She has worked with children of all ages. Lindsay has a passion to see children grow in their foundation in Christ starting at birth.
Lindsay and her husband, Richmond, have been married since 2005. They have two daughters and currently live in Ringgold.
Children's Ministry Director
Anita and her husband Tim are from Rock Spring, GA. Anita has an Early Childhood Education Degree and has worked with children for many years. She has had several roles working with children, including serving as Children and Preschool Director at her former church as well as being a USA Gymnastics Team coach.
Anita's passion is to show the love of Christ to each child and to help build a solid foundation in their relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.