Brushy Creek Staff


  • Dr. Cory Horton - Senior Pastor

    As a self-described "preacher's kid," Pastor Cory's life has centered around the church. Growing up in Montevallo, Alabama, he and his brother were frequently the entire "children's ministry," as his father served small churches in hard-to-reach areas. Cory accepted Christ at age 9, and felt the call to ministry at age 16. By the time he attended Jacksonville State University, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, he'd met his wife Wendy at church camp. Today, they have two daughters and a son. Cory also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He joins Brushy Creek after serving more than a decade at Elkdale Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama. 

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  • Benji Ladd - executive Pastor

    A dummy brought Benji to God. No joke. The Georgia native was nine-years-old when he heard a ventriloquist talk about salvation through Jesus Christ. Benji's lips moved, saying, "I believe." In high school, the avid baseball player and hunter committed to enter full-time ministry. Benji attended North Greenville University, where he married his best friend Kristi. Together, they both earned degrees at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. As he approaches a decade of service at Brushy Creek, Benji balances work, three active children, and Doctorate of Ministry studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  

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  • Angela James - Education & WomenS Minister

    In 5th grade, Angela knew God was leading her to do something, she just didn’t know what. For years, she told God she’d do whatever He asked. The request came after she’d graduated from Clemson University and was teaching elementary school. The teacher left the blackboard to become a student again, earning a Masters at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Angela joined Brushy Creek’s staff in 2001, first as College Minister, and now as the Education & Women Minister. She and her husband Adam love spending time with family and their black Labs, Roxy and Beau. 

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  • Jim Russell - Missions pastor

    The self-described, one-time "doubter," now works tirelessly to introduce Jesus to the world. Jim admits he was probably agnostic, until a pastor convinced him to read Matthew 18:1-4 before college. He ended up earning a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and today, he travels the world preaching the gospel. He's led three churches and served as a missionary in Japan. As Brushy Creek's Rescue Pastor, Jim fronts our missions and outreach efforts, including Celebrate Recovery.  

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  • Lizzi-beth Spence - ChildrenS minister

    There is no one better than this active mom of two to lead hundreds of our children, parents and volunteers in Creekside Kids. She gets it. Since accepting Christ in her bedroom at age eight, with her mother at her side, Lizzi-Beth’s heart has been focused on Jesus. At 16, she heard God call her to a life of ministry. The Seneca native attended Clemson University, before earning a Masters of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Creekside Kids has grown by leaps and bounds during her six-plus years at Brushy Creek. 

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  • Sheree Bagley - Preschool minister

    Sheree is like so many of us, praying and waiting for God to show us the way for our life. She focused on raising her children and supporting her husband Chris. But a dream to lead other kids to Christ kept growing within her heart.  She prayed across moves from Charlotte to Greenville, with responsibilities at different churches in each city.  At every stop, God provided ways to build a career that has led to Brushy Creek preschoolers. Her heart is pure, her laugh contagious, and babies and toddlers love Miss Sheree!   

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  • Mark gregory - student pastor

    Mark is a North Carolina native who majored in Christian studies at North Greenville. He worked in ministry for many years before becoming a police officer. After volunteering with Brushy Creek's middle and high school teens, he realized he wanted to return to ministry full-time. He and his wife Courtney have two young children, who keep them on pace to keep up with our high-energy students. 

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  • tom barrett - worship pastor

    The newest member of Brushy Creek's ministerial team, comes by way of the world. Julliard-trained Tom Barrett toured the globe as an opera singer, before following his heart to sing for Jesus. Tom grew up in the Baptist church in Virginia. He plays seven instruments and loves all types of music, from Bach to rock and bluegrass.  You'll frequently see his wife and daughter singing alongside him during services.  Off-stage, Tom likes to tinker with old cars and fish with his son.

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Alex Pagliaro

Connections Director


Kelly Arledge

Accounting Director


Stephanie Trotter

Communications Director


Roger Cole

Audio/Video Director


David Nabors

Facilities Director



Tammy Roach

Children's Ministry Assistant


Alex Pagliaro

Student Ministry Assistant


Janet Adams

Education & Women's Ministry Assistant


Cindy McGee

Senior & Executive Pastor Ministry Assistant


Colette Groves

Communication Ministry Assistant


Debra Brown

Music Ministry Assistant


Patti Alexander

Ministry Assistant (Calendar)



Kenny Gilbert

Facilities Assistant Director


Maria Galvez

Facility Engineer

Johana Ramirez

Nadhal Gorgees

Facility Engineer