Bob Alvey is a member of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, TN. He has served as a TBF Trustee for 6 years. He is married to Amy and has two children Meredith and Rob. Bob is a retired engineer from the Procter & Gamble Company, and currently owns a manufacturing consulting company. Bob enjoys serving on the TBF Trustee Board because of its mission to do Kingdom work through its commitment to scholarships and special projects to serve people and be a witness for Christ.
His life verse is Hebrews 12:1-2, 1: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.”
Joe Brasher has been a member of Englewood Baptist Church, Jackson, for the last four years after serving the previous 30 years at First Baptist Church, Sharon. He has served as TBF Trustee for five years. He is married to Phyllis and they have three children; Betsy, Cindy, and Joseph; and two grandchildren. Joe retired from banking, trust, and investment management in 2014. He serves as a TBF Trustee because of the opportunity that service allows for him to utilize his professional skills and experiences to benefit TBF beneficiaries and support the growth of TBF’s service across Tennessee.
One of his favored passages is from Romans 12:1-2: “Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Laura Byrd is a member of West Jackson Baptist Church in Jackson, TN. She has served as a TBF Trustee for 4 years. She is married to Charles and has three children: Margaret Anne, Holloway, and Grace. Laura is a Vice President for Commercial Bank & Trust in Jackson, TN. She has been involved with several community organizations in Jackson and served in her church on the Finance Committee and as a Wednesday night teacher and counselor for elementary church camps. She enjoys serving on the TBF Trustee Board and is the secretary of the Trustees serving on the Executive Committee, Loan Committee and Special projects Committee. Her hobbies include reading, spending time with family, and trips to Disney World.
Robert Caldwell is a member of First Baptist Church in Kingsport, TN and has served on the Board of the Tennessee Baptist Foundation for seven years. Robert is married to Mary Helen and they have three children and nine grandchildren. He retired from Holston Defense Corporation and is currently president of Technical Solutions of TN, an engineering services and personnel company. Robert enjoys working with the committed staff of the TBF to help Baptist churches, associations and institutions with financing services and to further the work of the Kingdom with scholarship, special projects, and loans.
His life verse is Proverbs 3:5,6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight”
Tom Crow has served on the Foundation Board for four years. He and his wife, Jackie, have been in ministry for over 40 years, most recently serving as Executive Pastor of First Baptist Nashville until Tom retired from that position in December 2019. Tom and Jackie are the parents to two grown children, who both are married and parents to the Crow’s three grandchildren. Tom is now assisting pastors and churches in addition to spending much of life investing in grandchildren. Service to Tennessee Baptists through the Foundation Board is a way Tom can help others be godly stewards.
One of Tom’s favorite verses has compelled him through military service, ministry and life: “We are ambassadors for Christ…” (II Corinthians 5.20)
Dennis R. Culbreth
Dennis R. Culbreth is the Director of Missions for the Hamilton County Baptist Association in Chattanooga, TN. He and his wife are members of Stuart Heights Baptist Church in Chattanooga. He has served on the TBF Board for two years. He is married to Marybeth and they have three children: Andrew, Matthew, and Grace. All three kids are married and they have three grandchildren. Dennis enjoys being a part of the TBF because of the Kingdom impact it continues to have in providing scholarships and meeting the financial needs of our Southern Baptist Churches.
His life verse is 2 Timothy 2:15: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
Joe Day has served for seven years as a board member of the TBF. He has been married to his wife, Kay, for over 30 years, and they have two adult children: a son, Ethan; who is a Marine Corps officer stationed in California; and a daughter, Bethany; who is an SICU Nurse at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC. Joe is a retired US Naval Submarine Officer (24 years), and is an ordained minister who has served churches in Alabama, Texas, and Tennessee. He served as a Church Business Administrator for 18 years. He is currently an active member of the First Baptist Church in Cleveland, TN. He enjoys serving as a Board Member because of the broad range of ministries that are supported by the Tennessee Baptist Foundation.
His Life Verse is Philippians 1:9-11: “And this I pray, that your love may overflow still more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may discover the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, for the glory and praise of God.”
Lisa Francisco has served as a TBF Trustee for seven years. She is married to Mike and has two children, Kristen and Ashley. Lisa is the Executive Director of Central Support for Brentwood Baptist Church, where she is a member. She enjoys serving on the TBF Trustee Board because of the Kingdom work they do in serving both churches and families through scholarships and funding of church special projects, such as feeding ministries.
One of her favorite verses is Ephesians 5:17 from The Message 17: “Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.”
My name is Bobby Hancock, and I am humbly honored to be serving my second TBF term. In 1971, God allowed the greatest person, next to Jesus, to enter my life and heart. Her name is Vickie, and on February 7, 2021, we have been married for 50 years! God richly blessed us with two children. Leslie is our adopted daughter (one week old), and she has two children, Zayne and Aly. Then God blessed us with Lacey. She is our special needs daughter, and always says “I love my life!” If everyone loved Jesus like Lacey loves Jesus, what a wonderful world.
My lifelong career path was hospital administration. It started at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, Jackson, MS, then to North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, MS and ended at Baptist Memorial Healthcare System, Memphis, TN. After that career, God shared with me His vision to start a ministry/business dedicated to helping faith-based ministries save valuable dollars for their ministries. Part of His plans, in coming to Memphis, was to attend Bellevue Baptist Church. I am honored to serve in multiple positions, and humbled to have served as Deacon Chairman twice.
Why I serve on the TBF is mostly because of its rich history, and all it stands for, that allows me the rewarding opportunity to continue its legacy of love. Since 1964, my life scripture verse is: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He promised to direct your (my) steps, Proverbs 3:5,6”
Phil Jones is a member of The Gathering @ 840 in Franklin, TN. He has served as a TBF Trustee for four years. He is married to Donna and has two children, Janice and Derek. Phil is a retired church administrator and served in several churches in Tennessee: First Baptist Church of Hendersonville; Judson Baptist Church, Nashville; and The Gathering @ 840 Franklin, TN. Phil enjoys serving on the TBF Trustee Board because of its mission to do Kingdom work through its commitment to scholarships and special projects to serve people and be a witness for Christ. He is a native of Louisiana and his hobbies include golf and carpentry.
Chad Keaton is a member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in Knoxville, where he serves as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher. Chad also enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and coaching Upward basketball. He has served as a TBF Trustee for 17 years. Chad is married to Lisa and has two children, Clay and Emily. He serves as a Wealth Management Advisor for Northwestern Mutual.
Jamie King is a member of First Baptist Church in Jackson, TN. He has served as a TBF Trustee for four years. Jamie is married to Doris Ann and has two children, Darrell and Leigh Ann, and two grandchildren each. He is a retired Postmaster of Jackson and is currently in a second career with Voya Financial as a self-employed Financial Advisor. He enjoys serving as a Trustee of TBF because the organization provides help and service to people and churches with their money effectively and biblically. He also enjoys working with the staff and other trustees, all who make FBT decisions based on God’s word.
His favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Chris R. Pass Sr.
Chris R. Pass Sr. is a Southern Baptist Pastor at Grandview Baptist Church. He has been married 38 years to his best friend and wife Cydney. They have one son, Christopher, a wonderful daughter in law, Amy, both whom are graduates of U.T. Chris is on his first year of service with the TBF Board of Trustees and enjoys serving because the organization allows him to experience firsthand the efforts of the TBF to encourage and teach great stewardship for our future generations and God’s kingdom.
His favorite Bible verse is Acts 20.24: “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
Tracy Russell, along with his wife Bedelia and two teenage daughters, are active members of Cookeville First Baptist Church. Tracy works as a Certified Financial Planner professional at One Investment of Tennessee, helping individuals reach their individual and family financial goals. Tracy is in his second year of service with the TBF Board of Trustees and finds great joy in seeing the positive financial impact to numerous Baptist entities and individuals, made available by the generosity and stewardship of fellow believers.
Scriptures of primary influence on Tracy’s life have been the message of Hope and Peace found in James 1:2-8 and Romans 5:1-8.
Miles Shackleford is a member of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He has served as a TBF Trustee for 12 years. He is married to Robin and has three children (Cayce, Abbye and Will) and four grandsons. Miles is Chief Investment Officer at Lifeway Christian Resources. Miles enjoys serving on the TBF Trustee Board because he can utilize his investment skills for Kingdom work and also because of the friendships built with other trustees from across the state.
His life verse is John 16:33: “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”