Pastor of Next GenBrad Bennett was called as Pastor of Next Gen at EBC in May 2013. Brad is originally from Goodlettsville, Tennessee. He played football for Carson Newman College where he met his wife, Paige Landers. Brad soon moved to East Tennessee and joined the Eastanallee congregation in 1994. He has served in various positions while at EBC including teaching Sunday school, serving as deacon, serving on the building committee, and assisting with the youth. He has also visited Israel, and gone on many mission trips including two trips to Nicaragua with the youth.
Brad holds a degree in Graphic Art & Design from Middle Tennessee State University, and received his certificate to teach from Lee University. He has held teaching and coaching positions at McMinn Central High School, McMinn County High School, and Bradley Central High School. Brad has used his platform as a teacher and coach to minister to young men. He has a passion for teaching and training young men and women to be set apart from what the world says they should be, and to follow God’s calling on their lives.
Brad continues his coaching career as Defensive Coordinator for the McMinn County Cherokees in his beliefs that this position allows him a great level of influence in the lives of today’s youth. It also permits him to have more access to the high school, administrators, teachers, and students.
Brad’s wife, Paige, is a teacher at Riceville Elementary School. They have two children, Clay and Ally. Clay is a senior at McMinn County High School, and Ally is a freshman. Brad’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, and all other outdoor activities.
One of his favorite verses is John 16:33: “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”