manchester first staff

Meet our ministry team! 

  • REV. randy brown

    Senior pastor

    Rev. Randy Brown became the pastor here at Manchester First United Methodist Church on June 25, 2013.  He previously has served churches in Winchester, Gallatin, White House, Mt. Pleasant, Murfreesboro, Shelbyville, Warm Springs, GA, and Holt's Corner, TN.
         Bro. Randy grew up in McMinnville, TN.  Earned his B.S. from M.T.S.U. in 1980, his Master's of Divinity from Emory University (Candler School of Theology) in Atlanta, GA, in 1982.  In 2000, he completed additional course work and was certified as a graduate of the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership through Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY.
         Bro. Randy is married to Rachel (Reed) who is a Librarian at Franklin County High School in Winchester, TN.  They have two daughters, Randa, who lives and works in Winchester, and Reesa, who is a student at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.
         Bro. Randy volunteers with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He has served as team chaplain for both high school and college sports teams.  His hobbies include golf, reading, walking, writing, going to sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.
         Bro. Randy sees the mission of the church as to, "Invite and equip people to live authentic Christian lives."
         Contact Bro. Randy:  Cell - 615-521-3346

         RANDY'S BLOG


  • rev. dana m. brooks

    Minister of music and christian education

      Dana Brooks serves as the Minister of Music and Christian Education here at Manchester First.  He is an ordained Deacon in the UMC and has served the church in full-time Christian service for over 43 years.   Dana recently entered his 19th year as Minister of Music and Christian Education at Manchester First.
    Dana is married to Pamela (Stamper) Brooks.  They have been married for 43 years and have five children and twelve grandchildren. 
         Rev. Brooks received his Bachelors Degree in Music from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He is also certified in music through the UMC.
         When Dana is not making music for the Lord or teaching, he enjoys computing, watching sports (playing sports, not so much!) and spending time with his family and friends.
         Pastor Dana would love to hear from you and tell you about all the great music and Christian Education opportunities available here at Manchester First!
    Contact Dana:  Cell - 931-581-0325


  • ami shedd

    interim Minister of student ministries

    Ami has "taken the reigns" of our youth ministry as of July 2018.  She has been very actively involved with our youth for some time and already has a solid rapport with these young people!  Having been raised here at First UMC,  Ami is certainly well aquainted with history of youth ministry here and is well suited to lead us for this immediate and interim period.  

  • Jackie connelly

    Jackie Connelly is the children's minister here at Manchester First.  She studied business at the University of New Mexico.  

    In addition to being extremely gifted in the area of kid's ministries, Jackie is also a wonderful singer and is active in our Sanctuary Choir and Praise Team.  She also is gifted in drama/theater, guitar and teaching.  Jackie came to our Ministry Team in August, 2017.  She is married to Tom (who is also very talented!)  Jackie is here to serve so if you have any questions regarding children's ministry, please contact her!

  • suzanne smead

    administrative assistant/Financial Secretary

  • judy brooks

    director, christian learning center


  • brooke hazen


  • ricky bradford


  • Belinda "Aunt B" Ferrell

    Nursery attendant

  • Bonnie Alford

    Nursery attendant