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 is married to Josh and lives and works in youth ministry in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and Reesa, who works in Winchester and volunteers in our Youth ministry.
         Bro. Randy volunteers with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He has served as team chaplain for both high school and college sports teams.  Randy is also a published author.  His book, "For the Crown" is available here . 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 "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 M. 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 47 years.   Dana recently celebrated 21 years as Minister of Music and Christian Education at Manchester First.
    Dana is married to Pamela (Stamper) Brooks.  They have been married for 47 years and have five children and fifteen 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

    Minister of student ministries

    Ami  became our Youth Minister in 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 provide leadership for our youth.  

    You can contact Mrs. Ami at 931-409-0657  or email her at

  • jessica jernigan

    We are pleased to welcome JESSICA JERNIGAN as our new Children's Minister effective in September  2021.  Jessica studied Psychology, Social Work, Early Childhood Education at Middle Tennessee State University.  

    Jessica  is certainly no stranger to Manchester First!  For some time now she has been actively assisting in our Wednesday night children's ministry program.   In addition she has helped with Vacation Bible School during the summers.  To contact Jessica, call the church office at 728-4624 or email her at

  • tammy corona

    administrative assistant

    Tammy joined our church staff in July, 2020.  She lives in Morrison, TN.  Tammy brings a wide variety of administrative skills to the table and is a welcomed addition to our staff.

  • Kimla weeks

    Financial Secretary

  • Angie Gann

    director, christian learning center


  • ricky bradford


  • Belinda "Aunt B" Ferrell

    Nursery attendant

  • Bonnie Alford

    Nursery attendant