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Church Leadership

"Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood." -Acts 20:28

 Blair Waddell – Elder & Senior Pastor

Blair Waddell is originally from Greenville, SC. The Lord was pleased to save him, by His grace during his college years. He has been married to his lovely wife, Lisa for nearly 25 years. They have four daughters. Blair received a B.A. in Theater Arts from Mars Hill University near Ashville, NC and a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He also acquired a Ph.D. in History from the University of Stirling in Scotland with a background in Victorian Non-Conformity. He is an adjunct professor for the Birmingham Theological Seminary and Legacy Bible College. He is an author and editor with his most recent publication being, Shepherds After My Own Heart: Essays in Honour of Robert W. Oliver (EP, 2016). Blair has been in full time ministry in North Carolina and Tennessee before coming to Providence as pastor in 2013. Our pastor is passionate about his family, the Bible, Missions, Soccer, the Nashville Predators (though not necessarily in that order). And he would love to have conversations about any of those topics with you at any time.


 Brian Milby- Elder, Associate Pastor & Minister to Students

 Brian serves as the Associate Pastor and Minister to Students. He grew up in Merritt Island, FL and came to Christ through a friend who shared a gospel tract with him. He was privileged to be discipled by several men, and through these relationships, as well as a pastoral internship, God gave him a passion for serving His church. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, he also holds an MA in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Since 1990 he has served in 3 previous churches, and was involved in church planting for 8 years. He has been married for 25 years to Kelly, who serves as a RN at Huntsville Hospital, and they have two teen children – Cole and Caitlin. Brian is passionate about serving Christ and helping students and families reflect His character. He enjoys time with family and friends, discipling others and learning more of what it means to live out of the implications of the gospel.


 Dennon Clardy, Elder

Dennon grew up in a Christian family in Fayette, AL and was saved at the age of 12.  Upon graduating from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, he went to work for McDonnell Douglas in Huntsville.  He has spent the last 29 years with NASA, currently serving in the Senior Executive position of Science and Technology Deputy Director. He and his wife Rita grew up in the same town, have been married for over 34 years and have 3 adult sons and 4 grandchildren. They are charter members of Providence and Dennon is one of the 5 original Elders. He enjoys teaching Sunday School, leading small group studies, and working with young adults experiencing the transitions of adulthood, college and marriage. He recently “retired” from riding his motorcycle but still enjoys Alabama football, escape rooms, video games, Thomas Kincaid jigsaw puzzles, and is beginning to learn woodworking.


 Randy Cox, Elder

 Randy grew up in small town America (Mount Vernon, Indiana) as the oldest of five children. Raised in an unchurched family, he came to Christ as an adult through the influence of a godly wife and the persistent work of the Holy Spirit. After graduating from the United States Military Academy (West Point), he spent the next 21+ years serving as an officer in the United States Army. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel when he became “…too old to jump out of airplanes and sleeping on the ground was no longer fun.” Randy then began a second career- teaching  Chemistry at Calhoun Community College. After teaching for 25 years, he has retired for a second time. He and Janet have been married for over 47 years and have one son (Matthew), daughter-in-law (Amanda) and two grandsons (Grayson & Johnathan). Randy enjoys serving in the church through teaching adult Sunday School classes and facilitating K-Groups. He enjoys reading (especially history), shooting and golf, and plans to learn to fly fish.


 Greg Barnett, Elder

 Greg was brought to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 27. He is an engineer by trade and works at the Marshall Space and Flight Center. Greg grew up in Alabama and attended the University of Alabama Huntsville for his undergraduate studies. He is a student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY working on a Masters degree in Church Ministries. Greg is an ordained minister and Lord willing, hopes to serve the Christ’s church as a bi-vocational pastor. He is married to Linda, his wife of 17 years. Linda and Greg have no children of their own but have been blessed with 12 children via serving as foster parents for the last 8 years.


 Jim Carter, Elder

Jim grew up in Texas and Louisiana where family and athletics were a constant source of enjoyment.  As a sophomore in college, he put his faith in Christ, realizing his sin and his need of a Savior.  He began to grow in his faith and was discipled by godly men.  After graduating from Louisiana State University, he began working with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, MS and served as a volunteer youth pastor in his church.  He and his wife, Sue, have been married for 44 years and have three adult children and five grandchildren.  His work assignments have taken them to many exciting locations.  Jim and Sue are certified Biblical Counselors and enjoy helping people grow and mature in Christ through discipling and counseling.  Retiring from NASA, he now works as an Independent Consultant for government contractors.  He loves teaching and serving the body of Christ.  He is an avid reader, enjoys traveling, fishing and being a grandfather.