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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. 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, and Natalie Green.

Kevin Hicks, minister of education — email

A life-long resident of Cleveland, TN, Kevin was born into North Cleveland Baptist and has been a member for over thirty years. He graduated from Bradley High School in 1986 and went on to complete a bachelors degree in business at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1991. He later earned a Master’s degree in education at Lee University, graduating in 2005. Kevin has been married to Leslie since November 1997 and are the proud parents of two young children, Isaac and Matilda. He serves as deacon and teaches fifth grade Sunday School. Kevin is also active in music ministries, participating in sanctuary choir, various ensembles, and the handbell choir. He enjoys reading, exercise, and the outdoors. Kevin’s life verse is Isaiah 42:16, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”

Jason Cox, student minister — email

Jason is married to Dawn Blackwell Cox and has been doing youth ministry for nine years. 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 the last 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.

Chrystal Bates, director of preschool and children’s ministries — email

Chrystal was born and raised here in Bradley County. She is a 2001 graduate of Bradley Central High School and a 2006 Graduate of Lee University. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education K-8, Chrystal taught 1st grade for Murray County Schools for several years before moving with her family to Pikeville, KY.  Chrystal has been married to her husband, Judson Bates, since 2003. He  is pursing a career in medicine through the University of Pikeville. Together they have four beautiful children, Jayden, Anna, Allison, and Graysen Bates. In 2012 Chrystal and her family moved back to Cleveland, TN where she accepted the position as Preschool/Children’s Ministry director here at NCBC. Chrystal’s goal is to serve her church and community by teaching Psalm 119:9 (How can a young person live a pure life? He can do it by obeying Your word.)

Jean Tucker, pastoral ministry secretary — email

Jean was born in Blount County, Tennessee and moved to Cleveland in 1988. She married Verlin Tucker in 1970. She  is the mother three grown sons; Brian, Kevin & David, and the grandmother of twin boys, Kaden & Keegan, and one granddaughter, Brenna and grandson, Nathaniel. She has worked at NCBC since 1995 and has served in several areas of ministry. She enjoys reading and travel when time permits.

Jeannie Franklin, financial secretary — email

Jeanne is a long time member of North Cleveland Baptist Church.  This is actually her third tenure on our church staff. She and her husband Scott have raised two children in our congregation. Their daughter Katie is a nurse at Erlanger Hosptial. Bradley, their son, is a college student and currently works at Panera Bread.  Beyond work and family, Jeannie enjoys cooking and reading.

Rachel Brew, membership secretary — email

Rachel is originally from Kansas, but moved to Cleveland in 1996.  She was a teacher prior to working for NCBC.  This is actually her third tenure on our church staff. She and her husband Mark have two children, Elise and Alex.  Rachel enjoys family time, traveling, and attending sporting events.


Elizabeth Wells, director of weekday childcare ministries — email

Liz Wells is the third of five children and, like her mother, she loves children.  Her hobbies include singing, writing, crocheting, reading and listening to music.  She loves her church and is very active in its ministries.  She began working for our childcare in 1994 and advanced to the position of Director in 2012.  Her goal is to help each child develop mentally, socially, emotionally, educationally, and spiritually.  She considers it an honor to serve the Lord in this capacity.

Sherry Davenport, daycare bookkeeper — email

Nancy Paul, staff musician

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Larry Sharo, care taker

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