The Bible teaches that individual local churches are to be led by a plurality of qualified men identified in Scripture by three interchangeable terms: Elder, Overseer/Bishop, & Pastor. We have chosen to use the title Elder because it’s the term used most frequently in Scripture to describe these leaders.
At Unity Baptist Church, Elders are jointly responsible for leadership, ministry in prayer, pastoral care, & supervision of teaching ministry for the church family. Each Elder has full pastoral authority over the body, & the Elders have pastoral authority over each other.
Dr. Louis Brenton
Louis grew up in Indiana but has lived in the Memphis, Tennessee area for much of his adult life. He is a graduate of Ball State University where he majored in Religious Studies. In addition, he holds a Master’s Degree from Memphis Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Practical Theology from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Some of his major fields of interest include practical theology, expository preaching, and mentor discipleship.
Louis became a Christian early in his freshman year of college. He began serving in professional ministry when he was 19 years old, and since then he has served the Kingdom in the positions of youth pastor, senior pastor, and college professor. Louis has been married to his wife Monica for 18 years and they have four children: Israel, Gabriel, Hannah, & Esther.
Mark has lived in the Memphis area his entire life. He is a graduate of Christian Brothers University where he majored in Business Administration and then obtained his CPA.
Mark likes to say that he attended church 9 months before he was born. Raised in a Christian home, he was blessed to come to know Christ at the early age of 10. Mark was called into lay leadership with the then Centerpoint Church in 2003. Mark has been married to his wife Christine for 26 years and they have three daughters: Kelsey, Morgan and Alexis, and two grandsons Titus and Asher.
John has lived in the Arlington/Tipton County area for nearly his entire life. He graduated high school from Tipton-Rosemark Academy and went straight to work from there.
John was raised and brought up in the church. However, it was not until late into his 20’s that he became a Christian. He has been married to his wife Elizabeth since 2004 and they have 2 children – Emma Taylor and Paul Ezekiel. John enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and playing basketball in his free time.
Mike grew up in West Virginia before serving in the U.S. Army for ten years, including tours in Korea and Germany. Mike and JoAnn have been married for 27 years and they have two adult children, John 24 and Ava 21. The Cuppett family has lived in the Memphis area for over 20 years.
Mike was saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ in October 1999. Mike enjoys teaching inductive bible studies and Sunday school, leading, mentoring, and learning alongside fellow believers. Mike was ordained as an Elder in December 2017. Mike enjoys bike riding, reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.
The office of Deacon is a servant position, filled by biblically qualified men who assist the Elders in order to free up the Elders to be able to pastor. Deacons are responsible for managing the practical concerns of the church, including finances, property, & benevolence ministry.