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Mickey Barker

Mickey Barker grew up in Paris, TN & graduated from David Lipscomb University in 1991. He & his wife Michele have been married since March of 1996. They have two children, Ryan & Emma. Mickey served as a deacon at Great Oaks for several years where he worked with Focus and LeBonheur Baskets. He began…

Tim Alsup

I began serving as Great Oaks’ Preaching Minister in October, 2005, and we have loved Great Oaks and the Memphis community!  I believe strongly in the transforming power of God and His word, and I love the process of God’s people (me included) growing to be both more faithful and more missional.  Outside of ministry,…

Aarek Farmer

With over a decade of working with students of all ages, Aarek is well equipped with reaching out to kids of all types. He truly loves God and has a heart for helping kids grow in all aspects of their lives. He and his wife, Jennifer have 3 kids (Seth, Phoenix, & Audreyna).

Matthew Higginbotham

Matthew Higginbotham came to Great Oaks to serve as our full-time Youth Minister in December 2018. Matthew and his wife Claire were married on July 28, 2018, and they graduated from Freed-Hardeman University in December 2018 – Matthew with a degree in Bible and Claire with a degree in Biology.  They both grew up in…

Moises Umana

Moises and Maritza Umana came to work with our Spanish-speaking ministry in July 2018! Moises was buried with Christ in baptism in 1985. Two years later, he and Maritza were married on February 28, 1987. Five years after he was baptized he entered into the preaching ministry, receiving biblical education and training through the Escuela…

Kenny Harris

Kenny Harris grew up in Searcy AR & graduated from Harding University. He & his wife Donna have been married since 1978. They have 2 grown daughters. Kensey and Jared Hall live in Benton, KY where he is a pharmacist. Karley & Travis Byrd live in McMinnville TN where Travis is the Youth Minister and…

Don Hutson

Don Hutson has served as an elder since November, 2014. Don, his wife Dana, and his daughter Deanna enjoy missions and cheering for University of Tennessee football. Other hobbies include yard work, hiking in the Smokey Mountains, and sitting on the beach. As an elder, his responsibilities include Education, Missions, Web Site and Computers.

Larry Jackson

Larry Jackson has served as an elder since 1998. His family was one of the original families that helped plant the Great Oaks congregation in 1992. He and his wife, Pattye, have 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.   Larry takes a great interest in the Ukraine missions, making mission visits there regularly. His favorite…

Lynn Parrish

Wilson Lynn Parrish grew up in Trenton, TN (West TN – Gibson County) & was baptized into Christ at the age of 12. His wife’s name is Donna & they were married in 1982. They have 2 grown & married sons, Nathan (Ashley) & Hayden (Miriam).   Nathan is employed with Smith & Nephew & Hayden is a…

Mark Pledge

Mark Pledge has served as an elder at Great Oaks since 2005. Mark and his wife, Roberta, have been married since June 2, 1973. They have 3 grown children, Mason, Monica and Morgan and 5 grandchildren. Mason and Robin have a daughter and a son and are in the process of moving to this area…