Governance Trustees

The Trustees of Brentwood Baptist Church serve as a lay leadership team elected by, and accountable to, the Members. The Trustees are empowered by the Members to ensure alignment of ministries with the Church’s mission and vision, to give oversight to the ongoing operations of the Church, and to provide counsel and support to the Senior Pastor.

Meet the Trustees

Brian Ball

CHILDREN: Benjamin, Micah
OCCUPATION: Mathematician

SERVICE AT BRENTWOOD BAPTIST: Deacon, Bible Study Leader, Sunday School teacher, Kairos Prayer Partner, Bible teacher at Kairos Roots, Technical/Computer Support

STATEMENT OF FAITH: "Jesus is the only hope that I know. Life is found in Him alone. Jesus died and rose to give us this life, conquering sin and its consequence of death through the cross and the resurrection. He saved me at 14 and I've been striving since to live a life of submission and obedience, assuming a humble posture, attentively listening to the voice of God, and obeying His call."

Royce Harrell

CHILDREN: Jennifer
OCCUPATION: Retired Healthcare Executive; Career Coach; Financial Peace Counselor

SERVICE AT BRENTWOOD BAPTIST:Deacon; Stewardship Committee; Mission trips to Brazil (Eye, Evangelism & Construction), South Africa (Stewardship), India (Eye); Financial Peace Counseling; Place Coaching; Kairos Prayer Partner; Trustee Rockbridge Foundation

STATEMENT OF FAITH: I was raised in a Christian home in the Southern Baptist denomination. I accepted Christ as my savior and invited Him into my life at age 10. As a young adult, I drifted away from Christ in pursuit of worldly possessions and passions. When Karole and I married, we agreed that we wanted Christ to have an active role in our life particularly as we became parents. In the early 1990's my faith was tested and I turned my life more than ever to Christ and He gave me the strength to walk through some challenging times. Subsequently, my faith continues to be reinforced, as I trust in the Lord for wisdom, strength, guidance and purpose.

Lanny Holmes

CHILDREN: Scott (married to Jill), Kyle (married to Rebecca), Wade (married to Emily), and grandchildren: Carter, Clay, Ali Scott, Mae, and Mary Caroline
OCCUPATION: Family Physician, MD, Family Practice Associates of Southern Hills

SERVICE AT BRENTWOOD BAPTIST: Former Trustee; Medical Mission Journeys; Deacon; Sunday School Teacher (Preschool Ministry and Senior High Boys); Royal Ambassador Leader; Committee Team Member (Mission, Recreation, Youth)

STATEMENT OF FAITH: My faith is founded on John 3:16 and I proclaim that promise. The book of Romans has been a study in salvation and God's faithfulness to me. In obedience to God's faithfulness and commands, I proclaim Matthew 28:19-20—"The Great Commission"—as my mission and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Brent Hoppe

Mildred Ann
CHILDREN: Chris; Neil; Matthew
OCCUPATION: Retired from HCA

SERVICE AT BRENTWOOD BAPTIST: Former Trustee Chairman, Deacon, Stewardship Team, Missions Team, Master Planning Property Use Team, Worship Team, Sunday School teacher, Adult Choir

STATEMENT OF FAITH: I believe that Jesus Christ is God's Son who lived as a human and died as the atonement for the sins of all who believe in Him and accept Him as their Lord and Savior. I believe Jesus rose from the dead and lives today as the only way to receive eternal life. As a Christian, the Holy Spirit lives in me and empowers me to live according to Christ's teachings.

Ann Lewis

CHILDREN: Susan Beasley; Mike
OCCUPATION: Former Instructional Leadership Coach, Vanderbilt University and Teacher/Administrator, Williamson County School District

SERVICE AT BRENTWOOD BAPTIST: Staff Resource Team Member, Bible Study Teacher/Participant, Apples of Gold Mentor, LIFEGroup Member, Carter Mission Women, Mission Journeys, Good News Singers, Singing Belles, Preschool/Early Childhood Worker/Teacher, Children's Choir, Worship Choir

STATEMENT OF FAITH: My salvation is a gift through God's grace. Ephesians 2:8. I strongly believe the Bible is God's Holy Word. His love for us provided the means of our salvation and eternal life through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Eddie Lunn III

CHILDREN: Eddie IV, Davidson, and Hunter
OCCUPATION: Boiler Supply Company, Inc.

SERVICE AT BRENTWOOD BAPTIST: Former Trustee; LIFE Group Leader of "20-Somethings"

STATEMENT OF FAITH: I believe God so loved me and everyone in the world that he sent his Son to die on the cross for my sins and the sins of the world. I believe Christ was crucified on a cross to death and rose again defeating death. I strive to live my life according to Mark 12:30-31 (HCSB): "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these."

Susan Morton (Secretary)

CHILDREN: Jessica, Ben
OCCUPATION: Retired Director of Pharmacy at Metro Nashville Davidson County Health Dept.

SERVICE AT BRENTWOOD BAPTIST: Children’s Choir, Sunday School Teacher (Preschool and Youth), Bible Study Groups, Nurture Team Leader, Pastoral Care Committee, Volunteer at Siloam Family Health Center

STATEMENT OF FAITH: I believe in the one true God who reveals Himself as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Because I accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and have faith in Him, I look forward to eternal life with Him. He is Lord of my life and I desire to bring glory, honor, and praise to Him alone.

Leon Partain (Chair)

CHILDREN: David, Teri, Amy
OCCUPATION: Physician/Radiologist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

SERVICE AT BRENTWOOD BAPTIST: Deacon, Men's Bible Study Group Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Great Days of Service, Christian Women’s Job Corp, Graceworks, Nashville Rescue Mission, Choir

STATEMENT OF FAITH: "I seek to pattern my life after Romans 12:1-21."

Jeff Swords (Vice Chair)

Leigh Ann
CHILDREN: Brad, Bailey, Bryant
OCCUPATION: Business Development Manager; CBTS, Inc.

SERVICE AT BRENTWOOD BAPTIST: Worship Choir Leadership Team, Young Marrieds Bible Study Teacher, Satellite Campus Task Force, Member of Station Hill campus

STATEMENT OF FAITH: "It's by the eternal grace and mercy of Jesus Christ that I'm saved from this world. God has provided for me an avenue and path to escape from Satan's lies and schemes. I struggle, as all believers do, in keeping my focus on Christ in my daily walk. However, God tells us in Ephesians 6:11-13 to "put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the devil." I hold on to this truth knowing He'll be with me and I can celebrate victory in His name."

Gene Torti

CHILDREN: Ryan (Sarah), Tyler (Kayla), Kyle
OCCUPATION: Industrial Packaging Sales

SERVICE AT BRENTWOOD BAPTIST: Worship Choir; Worship Choir Leadership Team; Small Group Leader; Adult Sunday School Teacher; Deacon; Mission Journeys; Rockbridge Foundation Trustee

STATEMENT OF FAITH: I believe that God is Holy and Sovereign, and that Jesus lived and died to save me from my sinfulness. I am incredibly thankful for His grace, and the hope of eternal life through Him. My goal in life is to live in a way that glorifies the Father and points people in His direction. My desire, as it says in Ephesians 3:17-19 is to be rooted in Him and be able to comprehend the length, width, depth, and height of his love – and to be filled with His fullness.

Betty Wiseman

OCCUPATION: Assistant Athletics Director, Senior Woman Administrator, and Professor Emeritus, Belmont University

SERVICE AT BRENTWOOD BAPTIST: Former Trustee; Worship Choir; Mission Journeys; Sunday School Teacher; Personnel Committee; WMU; Baptist Women; World Missions Conference

STATEMENT OF FAITH: Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of my life. My relationship with God through Jesus is the foundation of who I am. My heart's desire is to glorify God in all I do. When I die I know, without a doubt, that I will spend eternity with Him!

Mike Witt

CHILDREN: Colin, Carrie, Meredith
OCCUPATION: Retired from AT&T in 1998

SERVICE AT BRENTWOOD BAPTIST: Deacon, Preschool Ministry Sunday School teacher, Budget and Finance Committee, Brentwood Baptist Business Manager, RockBridge Foundation Advisory Trustee, Stewardship Team

STATEMENT OF FAITH: "John 3:16 says it in the simplest and most straightforward way: 'For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.' This gift was freely given through God's grace and is available to all who acknowledge the lordship of Jesus Christ.