Staff

Say hello to the leadership team at Sylacauga First Assembly!

Meet our leadership

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Brian Jones - Senior Pastor

Ministry role and responsibility 

I have the great honor and privilege to serve as Senior Pastor at SFA. My role is to help lead people to Christ, help them grow in their relationship with Christ, and help them discover their purpose in the body of Christ. I'm here to love you, help you, and serve you in whatever capacity you may need.


About me and my family

I was certified as a minister with the Alabama District of the Assemblies of God in 2003, was licensed in 2006 and was ordained in 2008. I was born and raised in Columbiana, AL. I met my wife, Tammy, at the age of 24 and have three beautiful girls, Destiny, Grace and Joy. We have been in the ministry together for over 20 years serving as Singles Directors, Children’s Pastors, Youth Pastors as well as Senior Pastors at various churches across the state.  


Favorite scripture

Isaiah 66:1 "Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?


Interesting fact 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughters. I also love wood working, playing golf, and traveling.

   


Chris Cook - Children's Pastor

Ministry role and responsibility 

I oversee all ministries geared for children from birth up to 6th grade. I am an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God since 2015. We have multiple ministries for our children designed to enable them to learn about God on a level they can understand.


About me and my family

I'm originally from Gulfport, Mississippi and I have a beautiful wife from North Carolina, Staci. We have 3 children Chloe (13), Jackson (12) and Eli (10).


Favorite scripture

Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Even through the hard times of life, this scripture has always stuck with me.


Interesting fact 

On my off time, I love to spend it with my family and another passion of mine is hiking. I love the outdoors and exploring the mountains & wilderness. 

Josh Wright - Youth Pastor

Ministry role and responsibility 

It is an honor to serve as the youth pastor at SFA! My family loves the community of Sylacauga and it is my goal to reach the young people in our area.


About me and my family 

My wife, Tia, and I have three precious daughters and we love serving the church as we believe the church is a place of refreshing and a place to draw closer to God. I am a credentialed minister within the Alabama District of the Assemblies of God fellowship and take great joy in spreading the message and Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Favorite scripture 

Matthew 16:24 “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me…”


Interesting fact 

I enjoy camping and playing golf in my spare time.


God bless you and your families!

Major Parker - Worship Pastor

Ministry role and responsibility 

My role as worship pastor is planning and organizing our worship services as well as leading a team of singers and musicians to the calling and potential that God has for them. My goal is that we prepare and practice well, however when it comes time for service we allow the power and the spirit of God to move the way He feels lead.


About me and my family 

My wife and I were married in May of 2017. We have one son Lucas Parker and another on the way, Lane Parker. I started leading worship in Living Waters Ministries at the age of 12, after several years on the youth worship team and adult worship team I felt the Lord's calling on my life in this role. I knew in my heart this was what the Lord was leading me to for the rest of my life. After graduating high-school I decided to pursue a Worship Studies degree at Highlands College and graduated in 2016. I went back to Living Waters to lead for another two years until the Lord opened the door here at SFA. I know that I am where the Lord has called me to be and it is such a joy to serve alongside this ministry and my church family.


Favorite scripture 

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. I love this verse because even when I couldn't see what my future looked like, where I would go or what I would do, I always rested in God's promise for my life that He knew what was best for me.


Interesting fact 

I love any chance I get to be around farm animals or growing something in the garden.

Austin Murphey - Media Pastor

Ministry role and responsibility 

My role at SFA involves leading our media team (Lights, Sound and Video/Live stream) during services as well as our efforts online through social media and our website.


About me and my family 

My wife, Karrah, and I have been married since April 2015 and have a daughter named Selah. In addition to my staff responsibilities, I also enjoy being on the worship team.


Favorite scripture 

Galations 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." I love this powerful daily reminder that my sins were paid on the cross by the blood of Jesus. I am redeemed and set free.


Interesting fact 

I love being active, working outside, and playing golf in my spare time.

Eric Franklin - Minister In Training

Ministry role and responsibility 

Being a MIT helps you build a good foundation for the ministry God has called you into.


About me and my family 

My wife, Gina, and I have 2 daughters, Chloe and Shandy, and a son, Devin. We love our church and our church family. God has blessed our family more than we could ever imagine.


Favorite scripture 

Proverbs 21:2 "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart." I like this verse because it reminds me to always rely on God's knowledge and not my own.


Interesting fact 

I enjoy dressing up as Batman during the annual SFA Fall Festival. I also enjoy throwing horseshoes, playing cornhole, fishing, camping, and hunting.