Jesse Brannen

Jesse was raised in a Christian home by parents who faithfully attended church. He grew up believing he was a Christian, but walked away from the faith and the church during college. Shortly after moving to a new city following his graduation, the Lord, in his mercy, led Jesse to visit a small, local church and used the hospitality of the congregation and the preaching of God’s Word to save him. Jesse and his wife, Delaine, have four young children—Adelyn, Josiah, Caleb, and Seth. Since joining MVBC in 2012, Jesse has been actively involved in the children’s ministry, teaching adult Sunday School and Equipping Matters classes, and serving as a Covenant Group leader.

Dustin Butts

Dustin grew up in Lampasas, TX. He became a Christian as an undergraduate at Angelo State University. After college, Dustin spent a year working as a math teacher and then attended Southern Seminary in Louisville.After seminary, he spent two more years teaching math before moving to Atlanta and taking a grant administrator position at Georgia State University. Dustin joined the MVBC staff in March 2014. He and his wife, Jaime, have been members of Mount Vernon since 2011. They have three sons: Nathaniel, Timothy, and Daniel, and a daughter, Annie.

Larry Chandler

Vice Chairman

Larry grew up in Sandy Springs with a moral father and believing mother. Following a college career full of sinful choices, the Lord saved him on Saturday, May 5, 1984. Larry has been married to Shirley for 25 years. They have two children: Jaynie and Jacob. Since coming to Mount Vernon in 2011, Larry has been actively involved in discipling, teaching a number of adult Sunday School and Equipping Matters classes, and serving as an elder. He also has a passion for missions and evangelism.

John Hall

John grew up in a Christian home in Savannah, GA. He came to faith in Christ at a young age but grew deeper in his commitment at the age of 22. John and Jane have been married for 39 years and have two children and two grandchildren. They were members of Mount Vernon from 1983–1991 until they relocated to Florida. They returned to Atlanta and MVBC in 2003. John has served the church in a number of ways including teaching Sunday school, working with the finance team, deacon, elder vice-chair, and he currently serves as the treasurer.

Jim Heiskell

Jim grew up in Atlanta and came to faith in Christ as a college student through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. He and his wife Connie have been married 47 years and have five children and sixteen grandchildren. He has been a member of Mount Vernon since 1999. Since joining, he has served as an adult Sunday school director, a teacher, and he formerly served as the elder chair.

Chad Ireland

Chad’s parents were faithful to share the gospel with him throughout his childhood. Through their witness, and the faithful ministry of the local church, the Holy Spirit convicted Chad of his sin and need for Christ. He received a B.A. in Comprehensive Bible from Cedarville University where he met his wife Jennifer. Upon completion of a Masters of Divinity from Southern Seminary in 2007, the Lord called Chad to serve on staff at a church in Cumming, GA for over 8 years until the Lord brought him to Mt. Vernon. Chad and Jennifer have 4 children: Collin, Ainsley, Elijah and Noah and have been members at Mt. Vernon since the summer of 2016.

Pat Knowles

Chairman

Pat grew up in Birmingham, AL with the blessing of being introduced to God’s love and grace through Christian parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. At the age of 12, Pat professed faith in Jesus Christ after his eyes and heart were opened to the Gospel through a visiting missionary at church. Pat and Mary Anne were high school sweethearts and have been married for 42 years. They are blessed with two adult children: Melanie and Jonathan. Pat is quick to point out that he is thankful to be a “work in progress” as God continues his work of sanctification in his life today. His years at MVBC have been a period of tremendous spiritual growth in his life. In retirement, Pat embraces the additional time for mentoring, teaching, leading and being in God’s Word. He has served in various leadership positions at church including: Sunday School and Equipping Matters teacher, Deacon Chair, and Greeter.

Aaron Menikoff

Aaron and his wife, Deana, came to Mount Vernon in June 2008. They have four children: Rachel, Jonah, Natalie, and Tori. They moved to Atlanta from Louisville, KY after Aaron completed his Masters of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies and his Ph.D. in American Church History from Southern Seminary.

Prior to pastoral ministry, Aaron worked as a legislative assistant to the late U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield. After leaving his career in politics, he went on staff and served as an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. While in seminary, Aaron served as an elder and interim pastor at Third Avenue Baptist Church.

He is the author of Politics and Piety: Baptist Social Reform in America, 1170-1860 (Pickwick, 2014), and has contributed several articles to 9 Marks, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity.com, and the Kairos Journal. He is a visiting professor at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta).

Aaron is the organizer and host of Feed My Sheep, an annual conference for pastors and church leaders in the Atlanta area. He also serves on the administrative team of the Greater Atlanta Baptist Network where he leads a monthly pastors fellowship.

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Bryan Pillsbury

Bryan grew up in Greenville, SC. He became a Christian through Young Life just before his senior year in High School. He played soccer at Montreat College for 2 years and transferred to complete his undergraduate degree at Gordon College, in Massachusetts. Bryan met his wife, Paige, at Gordon and was married in 1979. A year later Bryan began his graduate studies and completed his MBA while working at Montreat College in NC. In 1987, Pastor Jim Wood brought Bryan to Mount Vernon to oversee construction, administration, finance and recreation. Bryan was ordained to the pastoral ministry in 1991 and added the additional responsibility of helping oversee much of the missions outreach. He currently serves as Associate Pastor/Missions. Bryan and Paige have 5 children: Rachel, Sarah, Preston, Nathan, and Richard.

David Roe

David Roe

David grew up in Atlanta with parents who believed it important to be in church every week. Though baptized at 11, the Lord truly opened his eyes to the gospel and saved him when he was 14 while on a Christian retreat. Throughout high school and college David grew in the knowledge of God and His Word through various pastors and teachers. He was baptized as a believer his senior year of college. He married Charity while in medical school in 1998, and they have four children: Zachary, Emma Grace, John, and Benjamin. Since coming to Mount Vernon in 2012, David has served as a teacher and worship leader.

Brad Thayer

Brad is from Morristown, a small town in East Tennessee. He was raised in a Christian home. He graduated from Boyce College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies in 2006. Prior to receiving his B.A., he completed an A.S. in Agricultural Business from Walter State Community College. He and his wife Candace were married in 2003 and have four children: Olivia, Eva, Nadia, and Greyson. Brad serves as the Associate Pastor/Administration overseeing the church’s operations, finances, facilities, and other general pastoral duties.

Dane Ulett

Dane was born in Jamaica and migrated to Miami for college when he was 17. Growing up, he attended church regularly with his mother and siblings, but he was not a Christian. He knew of God but did not know him intimately. As an adult, God saved him while attending a Sunday School class taught by Pat Riley at Hebron Baptist Church. After this, Dane grew in knowledge of God and his Word through daily Bible study and preaching from various pastors and teachers. He married Tina in 1999, and they have two daughters, Tristen and Ryenne. They have been members at MVBC since 2013 and Dane has served the church as a teacher of adult Sunday School and Equipping Matters. He has a passion for discipling and a love for God and his Word.