Dr. Todd Ware
Todd has served First Baptist since 1998. He is married to the former Teri Jones. They have three sons: Brandon, Daniel, and Zachary. Brandon and his wife Madeline live in Snellville with their daughter Hannah, Daniel resides in Chatanooga, TN, and Zachary is a student at Truett-McConnell University in Cleveland, GA.
Born in Washington, Georgia, Todd is the youngest of three children. He was raised in a Christian home and attended the First Baptist Church of Washington from an early age. He publicly claimed faith in Christ and was baptized at the age of 11. His involvement in the youth ministry of FBC Washington was instrumental in his pursuing ministry as a vocation.
Todd and Teri are graduates of Truett-McConnell College (where they met) and Mercer University. They both attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where Todd graduated with his Master of Divinity degree and Teri earned her Master of Religious Education degree. While on staff at FBC Waynesboro, Todd earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, South Carolina.
Todd’s passion is to be part of a Christian community that seeks to be authentic followers of Jesus. He loves being Baptist, but treasures reaching out to all who make the good confession that “Jesus is Lord.” His life pursuit is to be consumed by the Kingdom of God in who he is and all he does.
Dr. Greg DeLoach
Minister to Students & Families
Gordon has served as Minister to Students and Families since May 2010. He previously served as the Youth Discipleship Consultant for the Georgia Baptist Convention from 1998 to 2009. He served First Baptist Church of Albany, Georgia, from 1991 to 1997 as Minister of Youth and Recreation; First Baptist Church of Enterprise, Alabama, from 1987 to 1991 as Minister of Youth; and First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, Tennessee, from 1983 to 1985 as Minister of Youth.
He is a native of East Tennessee having graduated from Carson-Newman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Psychology and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Religious Education.
Gordon is married to the former Karen Proffitt, also from East Tennessee. They are the parents of Emily and her husband William, of Hull, GA and Matt and wife Kathy of Waco, Texas who recently gave him his first grandchild, Judah!
Minister to Children
Shannon Radosevich is Minister to Children and joined the staff in October 2013. Prior to serving at FBC Monroe, she served as the Preschool and Children’s Minister in Gallatin, Tennessee, for five years. Shannon is originally from Georgia, by way of Kentucky and Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State University and a Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Shannon is married to Jared, who has a BA in Studio Art from Valdosta State University and MA in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jared is pursuing his personal graphic design business. Shannon and Jared have three children, Zoe, Claire, and Grayson. Shannon enjoys cooking, reading, and visiting the beach.
Director of Preschool Ministries
Darlene Christie is the Director of Preschool Ministries here at First Baptist Church Monroe. She joined our staff in January 2007. Before coming to Monroe, Darlene served her previous church for 17 years. Darlene has had extensive experience in leadership, curriculum development, and implementation. Darlene has also held leadership roles in several weekday teachers’ organizations and presented workshops at preschool ministry conferences. Darlene also served as a church secretary in Clayton, Georgia, and has worked in the business world. Her love is to equip teachers to teach God’s love to young children. In the role as Director of Preschool Ministries, Darlene works with the Sunday School teachers, preschool choir teachers, worship volunteers, preschool worship, the preschool mission program, and the Weekday Education Program. Safety and security are high on Darlene’s list of priorities in the Preschool Ministry.
Darlene’s husband is Chuck Christie, a chaplain with the Gwinnett Hospital System. Chuck and Darlene have 2 married sons and 2 granddaughters.
Curtis Murdock began serving as Worship Leader for Traditional Worship in March 2014. He previously served as a full-time Minister of Music in Georgia for 35 years, most recently for 25 years at Beech Haven Baptist Church in Athens. He now works primarily as a manufacturer’s representative for church and school music supplies, and for church furnishings.
A native of East Point, Georgia, he is an honor graduate of the University of Alabama, having earned the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science in Education (Cum Laude), and Master of Arts (Dean’s Scholar) degrees in music performance and music education. He also attended the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
His denominational involvement includes service as a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention and as Vice President of the Georgia Baptist Church Music Conference, as well as many offices in local Baptist Associations. An active participant in Sons of Jubal, the male chorus of Georgia Baptist Music Ministers, he has participated in many international choral and handbell mission trips and has been on the music faculty of three colleges and several summer music camps.
He has served an adjudicator for instrumental and choral festivals, and led conferences for and written extensively for publications of the Baptist Sunday School Board (now LifeWay Christian Resources) and The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (now Handbell Musicians of America). In addition to his choral work, he has a strong instrumental background as a performer and conductor and is widely known as a handbell specialist and consultant.
He is married to Georganne Chatham Murdock who is a freelance pianist. They have one son, Winston; daughter-in-law, Anna; grandson, Stephen; and granddaughter, Elisabeth.
Alex has retired from instrumental music education after 34 years and has served in the music ministry of Monroe FBC since 1998. He is a multi-instrumentalist who uses music to educate, inspire, and lead others in worship. He and his wife, Joy, live in Watkinsville with their Staffordshire terrier, Maddie, and Debussy, the cat. Their daughter, Katherine, is the percussionist for the praise band and their son, Ben, is a classical vocalist.
Chris Bryan is a native of Monroe. He has served as worship leader in the 11:11 service since it started in 2012. His desire is that he and the “Rock of Ages Band” can motivate and inspire others to engage in worship. He lives in Madison Ga with his wife Kelly and his daughter Sara.
Minister to Mature Adults
Royce McNeal is a graduate of Truett-McConnell College, Shorter University, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is married to Willene Tanner McNeal, and they are the parents of 4 daughters and grandparents of 5 beautiful grandchildren. Royce has served at FBC since 1998, and is he currently Associate Minister for the Mature Adults.
The Mature Adult Ministry involves lots of eating, traveling, and missions activities.