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 youth ministry in Paducah, Kentucky, 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 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 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 46 years.   Dana recently celebrated 20 years as Minister of Music and Christian Education at Manchester First.
    Dana is married to Pamela (Stamper) Brooks.  They have been married for 45 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

    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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • judy brooks

    director, christian learning center


  • brooke hazen


  • ricky bradford


  • Belinda "Aunt B" Ferrell

    Nursery attendant

  • Bonnie Alford

    Nursery attendant