where love is alive 

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, Natalie and Sarah Green.


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.


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 children, Keri Beth and Daniel.


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’s 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.


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 since 2016. 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!

Brandi Lonas, Financial Secretary — email

Rachel Brew, Communications Secretary — email

Kristy Parker, Staff Musician

Becca Ferguson, Staff Musician

Tiffany Hawkins, Caretaker

Janice Carroll, Caretaker