Meet Our Church Staff

Dr. Jay McCluskey, Pastor — email

A native of East Tennessee, Jay McCluskey was born and raised in Knoxville. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman College and his Master’s of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Jay came to North Cleveland Baptist Church in September of 1986. Prior to arriving in Bradley County, Jay served as pastor of Clearspring Baptist Church in Clearspring, Indiana. In 1991 he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jay and his wife, Michelle, married in 1983 and are the proud parents of two adult sons, John and James. They are blessed with two wonderful daughter-in-laws, John’s wife Julie and James’ wife Megan. In 2022 they welcomed a grandson, Noah, to the family. Jay enjoys all things related to the church, traveling, electronics, and recreational sports.


Lanny Green, Minister of Worship — email

Born and raised in Michigan Lanny Green moved to Cleveland when he began his Bachelors degree in Music at Lee University in the fall of 1998. He finished his Bachelors degree in Music in the fall of 2002. Lanny began working part time as the Minister of Worship at North Cleveland Baptist in Feb of 2003 while also working on a Master degree in Church Music From Lee University. After finishing his Masters in the Spring of 2004 the church changed his position to full time. While he loves music and singing Lanny also enjoys being out side in God’s creation whether it is hiking in the mountains, riding his bike, or just getting his hands dirty landscaping and working in the garden. Lanny is married to Leah Green who is also a graduate of Lee University with a degree in psychology. They are the proud parents of Levi , Judah, Natalie and Sarah Green.


Jason Cox, Student Minister — email

Jason is married to Dawn Blackwell Cox and has been doing youth ministry for since the early 2000’s. He graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and then graduated from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1999. He then returned to Bradley Central High School where he has taught for nine years. Jason enjoys duck hunting, trout fishing, snowboarding, and running. As a runner, he has completed seven marathons and hopes to do more in the future. His life verse is Galatians 2:20 “For I am crucified with Christ, and yet I live; not that I live but Christ who lives in me.” Jason and Dawn have three children, Sadie, Barrett, and Kelby.


Holly Cox, Director of Preschool & Children’s Ministries — email

Holly was born and raised in Copperhill, Tennessee and moved to Cleveland in 1988. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and a Master’s of Education from Tusculum College. For sixteen years Holly taught at South Polk Elementary School in Polk County. She has been happily married to Joel Cox since 1998, and they have two adult children, Keri Beth and Daniel.


Bart Starr, Minister of Adults — email

Bart is a native of Cleveland, and grew up in North Cleveland Baptist. He is a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, TN with B.A. in Vocal Performance. He holds an M.A. in Christian Studies from Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta, GA. He has served in churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, and South Carolina. He is married to his incredibly talented wife Roni, and together they have one daughter, Leeanne.


Sonya Huddleston, Pastoral Secretary & Office Coordinator — email

Sonya grew up as an active member in our congregation. Her family started attending in 1993. Her first job was watching children in our church nursery. Later, she taught in the child development center through college. She attended The University of Chattanooga, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. In addition to her role as our Office Coordinator, Sonya also serves as the Area Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child for the Tennessee Valley Area. She also coordinates our annual shoebox packing party. Sonya has been married to her husband, Alan, since 2006. In her spare time, Sonya loves to travel, lift weights, spend time with her family and friends, and spoil her nieces and nephews!


Karen Andrews, Communications Secretary

Karen is originally from Alabama but has called Tennessee home since 2006. With a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, she is passionate about serving others. Karen and her husband, Ed, have two children, Anna Grace and Owen. They have been part of the NCBC family since 2017. In her free time, Karen enjoys reading, music, and spending time with loved ones.


Brandi Lonas, Financial Secretary

Brandi is a Cleveland, TN native.  She is married to Tyler and they have two children Bo and Brie.  She graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996.  She then graduated from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor’s in Accounting.  She worked in Public Accounting where her focus was Auditing of Non-Profit, Governmental and Financial Institutions.  She then went on to work for Financial Institutions in the Internal Audit, Controller, and Community Relations functions.  Brandi then had another tenure in Public Accounting in tax before coming to North Cleveland Baptist Church.  Brandi enjoys spending time with her family and supporting her children in sporting events.  She enjoys serving in the Church and the community in different roles as volunteer, boosters treasurer, past PTO President, etc.


Brandi Hipps, Director of Weekday Childcare Ministries — email

Brandi graduated from Gateway Christian Academy in 2003 and started working in our child development center in 2004. She became Director in 2021.  Brandi believes God has called her to work with children. It is her desire to show them the love of Christ and help them as they grow not only physically but spiritually. She has been happily married to Travis since 2012. They love spending time with family and enjoy outdoor activities.


Kristy Parker, Staff Musician

Becca Ferguson, Staff Musician

Tiffany Hawkins, caretaker

Janice Carroll, caretaker