Dr. Steve Livengood, Senior Pastor

Pastor Steve became our senior pastor in December 2010. He provides leadership to the staff, spiritual guidance for the church, and works with the Steering Team to give overall direction and oversight to the church. However, his main focus is to foster a great love for the Word of God as he teaches and preaches each week. Pastor Steve and his wife, Kim, have two children, Ben (married to Katie) and Stephanie; and a granddaughter: Ellie.

pastor_hank_web_spring_2015Hank Garner, Executive Pastor

Pastor Hank serves in an administrative and organizational support role at our church. He leverages for ministry the business wisdom and expertise of our church members who serve faithfully on our Budget and Finance, Personnel, and Missions Ministry Teams, as well as the church’s Trustees and Deacons. He ensures that our church honors the Lord and the sacrifice of His people with the stewardship of human and financial resources. Pastor Hank joined our staff in October of 2011. He and his wife Dawn have three children: Ashlyn, Ainsley, and Trey.

rick_blevinsRick Blevins, Biblical Education Pastor

Pastor Rick oversees the Bible-centered teaching part of our mission. He has influence over all education programs birth through senior adults, and hands-on oversight in our adult ministries. Pastor Rick joined our staff in 2000. He and his wife Karen have two children Courtney and Cameron, and grandchildren, Kaylee Mae and Asher.

gustavo_castilloGustavo Castillo, Pastor, Hispanic Ministry

Pastor Gustavo shepherds our Hispanic Ministry. He joined the staff full-time in 2013, although he has served in our Hispanic Ministry for a number of years. He and his wife Armida are originally from Guatemala. They have three children: Josue, Jazmin, and Vanessa.

dathan_hale_bioDathan Hale, Children’s Pastor

Pastor Dathan joined our staff in May 2014. He is responsible for shepherding and overseeing all aspects of our Children’s Ministry for birth through sixth grades. He also serves as the administrator of our Weekday School. Pastor Dathan and his wife Sarah Beth have three children, Hallie Grace, Addison, and Charlie.

deron_henryDeron Henry, Student Pastor

Pastor Deron has served as our student pastor since 2007.  He directs all activities for students in 7th – 12th grades. He is passionate about seeing students grow and share their faith with others. Pastor Deron and his wife Lourae have two children, Stephen and Luke.

ryan_krivsky_webRyan Krivsky, Worship Arts Pastor

Pastor Ryan joined our staff as our worship arts pastor in June 2012. He directs all aspects of our worship arts ministry, including our worship choir, band, and orchestra, and our media team. Pastor Ryan and his wife Stephanie have two sons, J.R. and Kirby.

joey_scruggsJoey ScruggsEvent Coordination Pastor

Pastor Joey is responsible for the facilitation and support of all special events that take place on our campus. Recognizing that every time our doors are open is special, he works with our greeters, ushers, and Information Central staff to ensure an overall sense of hospitality for our members and guests. Pastor Joey joined our staff in 2002. He and his wife Kim have three children, Seth, Zachary, and Mollie.

Larry WrightDirector of Senior Adult Ministry

Larry and his wife Pat have been members at the First Family since 2007. He has served as a small group leader, a deacon, our Men’s Ministry leader, and on a variety of teams and missions initiatives. “I am so blessed and humbled to serve my Lord through the ministry to senior adults at First Family. My heart is that seniors will continue to grow and serve our great God through ministry, missions, and fellowship — encouraging each other along the way.”

teresa_bankston_webTeresa Bankston, Worship Arts Ministry Assistant

Teresa keeps up with the details of our Worship Arts Ministry. She is also actively involved in our worship choir. Teresa has four children: Dan (married to Becky; their children are Logan and Scotty), Josh (married to Becci), Liz, and Jake.

beth_clawsonBeth Clawson, Ministry Assistant, Executive Pastor & Church Administration

Beth works with the operations side of our church’s ministry. She maintains our church’s financial records, schedules the use of our facility, manages our church calendar, and works with a variety of ministry teams to assure that everything is running smoothly. She is a gifted musician, singing alto in our worship choir and teaching clarinet lessons. She also teaches fifth grade Sunday school. Beth and her husband Rick have two daughters, Maggie (married to Christopher Turnbo) and Jessica, and one granddaughter Taylor Elizabeth.

mystie_staff_photoMystie Cordle, FIRST KIDS Ministry Assistant

Mystie works alongside our Children’s Pastor Dathan Hale and our FIRST KIDS Associate Shelly Harris. She manages the administrative aspects of our FIRST KIDS Ministry and coordinates childcare. She served as the children’s ministry director at her previous church prior to joining our staff. Mystie and her husband Ray have a daughter and son, Alex and Mic.

susan_dodsonSusan DodsonReceptionist

Susan serves as one of our part-time receptionists. Susan is married to Jerry, and they have two children Julie (married to Andrew Ackley), and Steven (married to Kalah), and one grandchild: Luke (Julie and Andrew’s son). Susan retired as a speech-language therapist from Maury County Public Schools prior to joining our staff.



Ralph English, Facilities Manager

Whether it’s making sure each of our 26 HVAC units are working properly or scheduling the cleaning and care of our 76,000 square foot facility, Ralph is the man in charge. He works with an amazing staff who take care of the resources God has given us with our building. Ralph and his wife Elizabeth have four children: Scott, Alan, Taylor, and Jessie.

shelly_harris_webShelly Harris, FIRST KIDS Associate

Shelly is a content editor for LifeWay Christian Resources, a former preschool and children’s director, and a seminary graduate. On Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, she assists our Children’s Pastor Dathan Hale by coordinating and teaching in the preschool and children’s areas.

gayle_johnstonGayle Johnston, Senior Pastor Assistant

We are grateful to God for sending Gayle to serve on our church staff! She serves alongside our Senior Pastor Dr. Steve Livengood. Prior to coming to the First Family staff, Gayle was at Maury Regional Medical Center for 40 years working as a nurse and director of nursing.

deb_lokeyDeb Lokey, Student Ministry Assistant

Mrs. Deb (as the students call her) handles a lot of the details that go along with our middle school, high school, and college ministries. She writes devotionals and study guides, coordinates events, makes numerous phone calls and finds people to do odd jobs. “I feel my job is to take care of ‘stuff’ so the pastors I work for are free to do ministry,” Mrs. Deb says. She plays the keyboard in our church band and serves alongside our Missions Team. Deb and her husband Mike have two children, Kathleen and Brandon. Deb is also a photographer and many of the photos she’s taken appear on our site and in publications.

tammy_rosson1 Tammy Rosson, Communications Coordinator

Tammy provides support for First Family’s ministry by writing (and working with writers), preparing graphics (and working with freelance graphic artists), and supervising the production of resources used in communications within our church and community. She also updates our church’s social media, app, and website. She and her husband Billy have two children, Aaron and Avery.

carolyn_simpsonCarolyn Simpson, Receptionist

Carolyn serves as one of our part-time receptionists. She greets anyone who calls or stops by our office with her sweet spirit and friendly smile. Carolyn is married to Ricky and has one daughter, Windy, and two grandsons, Carter and Cutler.

sherri_stacySherri Stacy, Food Services Director

Sherri and her amazing team of volunteers plan and prepare our weekly Fellowship Meal which is served each Wednesday from 4:30-6 p.m. during the school year. Sherri also oversees any catering that is done at the church. She and her husband Ed have two children and five grandchildren.

karen_townsendKaren Townsend, Biblical Education and Senior Adult Ministry Assistant

Karen serves alongside our Biblical Education and Senior Adult Ministries. She takes care of church membership, all adult classes, baptisms, guest visitation, attendance numbers, curriculum, and our senior adult ministry details. She also edits and publishes the weekly connections newsletter and the monthly senior adults ministry newsletter. Karen and her husband Gary have two children, Kevin (married to Lisa) and Melissa. They have two grandchildren, Samantha and Michael.

mark_varnerMark Varner, Media Director

Mark joined our staff in 2013. He works with various teams to capture Sunday morning worship services and special events. Mark has served in church media ministry for more than 13 years, most recently on staff at Brentwood Baptist Church as video production director. He was responsible for all video production services — including scripting, interviewing, scheduling, creative, shooting, editing, training, and IMAG. He now consults with churches and ministries across the country in the areas of media/tech while also doing freelance video production in the Nashville area. He has his Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky.