EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Chris Bell
Lead Pastor

Chris Bell is our Lead Pastor at 3Circle Church. He loves helping people understand and treasure the Bible, leading them to tangibly impact the world for Christ. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and coaching other pastors and leaders through the Courage to Lead network. Chris studied Theology and Communications at the University of Mobile and Luther Rice Seminary, and is honored to serve as a part of Leadership Alabama, an influential group of community leaders across the state. Pastor Chris joined our staff in 2012. He is married to Nan, and together they have three children. He enjoys the outdoors and Alabama football, and his favorite verses of Scripture are 2 Corinthians 5:21 and 2 Timothy 1:7.

RUSSELL CREEL
Executive Pastor, Spiritual Formation

Russell Creel is our Executive Pastor of Spiritual Formation. He oversees Small Groups, discipleship, Celebrate Recovery, and other ministries aimed at developing people in their relationships with Christ. He is also the Campus Pastor for our South Campus. He has been a member of our staff since 2008. He and his wife, Phyllis, have 3 sons and 10 grandchildren. He is an avid sports fan, with his favorite teams being the University of Alabama, the Detroit Tigers, and whatever teams in which his grandchildren participate. Pastor Russell’s favorite Scripture verses include Psalm 139 and Proverbs 3:5-6.

BLAKE STANLEY
Executive Pastor, Operations/Finance

Blake Stanley is our Executive Pastor of Operations. He oversees finances, our multi-campus strategy, and our leadership development strategy. His areas of expertise orbit around building and implementing simple systems that work, and raising up confident leaders. Blake studied Bible through Lee University, and he has been in vocational ministry for over 15 years. He joined our staff in 2016. He and his wife, Janna, have 4 children. He enjoys fitness and football (watching, playing, and coaching), and his favorite verses of Scripture are Romans 8:28, Philippians 2:1-4, and Matthew 9:10.

ZACH ADAMSON
Executive Pastor, Creative Arts/Communications

Zach Adamson is our Executive Pastor of Creative Arts and Communications. He oversees worship ministries, creative/technical departments, and communications across our campuses. He is also the Worship Pastor at our South Campus, since 2009. Zach’s desire is to see people fully satisfied in Jesus and living lives of wholehearted worship. He studied Music and Worship Leadership at the University of Mobile. He and his wife, Julie, were high school sweethearts, and now have 4 children.
Zach has an affinity for all things musical, woodworking, sushi, and the Oxford Comma. Zach's favorite Scripture verses are Isaiah 55:1-2, Ephesians 2:13, and Colossians 3:16.

SELECT CAMPUS STAFF

SOUTH CAMPUS

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South Campus Pastor
Russell Creel
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Worship Pastor
Zach Adamson
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Associate Pastor
Mike Megginson
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Missions Pastor
Rodney Phillips
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Family Pastor
Trey Sullins
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Student Pastor | High School
TC Brown
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Student Director | High School
Meghan Brown
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Preschool Director
Brittany Hogan
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Special Needs Director
Rebekah Sluder
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Family Ministry Associate
Hunter Bennett
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Family Ministry Assistant
Kristi Sullins
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COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Angel Thrash
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Creative Director
Jeremy Stevens
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Creative Assistant
Zach Allen
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Technical Director
Adam Ingersoll
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Technical Associate
Donovan Roberts
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Director of I.T. & Celebrate Recovery
Jay Hirshberg
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Financial Director
Jana Clay
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Director of Events & Guest Services
Stacy Johnston
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Small Groups Coordinator
& Worship Leader
Moriah Ray
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Office Manager
Debbie Taylor
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Executive Assistant
Jasmine Sanders
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Hope Center Director
Dana Smith

ELDERS (PRESBUTEROS)

Our elder body is made up of a small number of men, including our lead pastor and designated laymen, who oversee the spiritual health and direction of the church.

1. Elders are to be plural in number and blameless in conduct (Titus 1:5-6).

2. Elders are described in Scripture as those who:

a. Direct the affairs of the church
b. Are worthy of double honor
c. Should watch over God’s flock
d. Should be eager to serve (not seeking to control others)
e. Should not be greedy for money
f. Should not be accused of wrong-doing without the testimony of two or more witnesses
g. Should not be hastily selected
h. Help settle disputes within the church
i. Minister and pray for those who are sick
1 Timothy 5:17-22, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Acts 15:2, James 5:14

TRUSTEES

Our trustees are a body of laypeople (men and women) selected to oversee financial and legal matters of the church.

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    Trustees are selected by the elders.

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    Trustees must be three to seven in number.

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    Along with the Lead Pastor, Executive Pastor of Operations, and Elders, the Trustees oversee the finances of the church.

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    Trustees handle all salary matters for paid employees of the church.

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    Trustees are empowered to sign all financial and legal documents for the church.

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