Oak Grove Baptist Church
Friday, May 26, 2017
311 Cypress Street Mt.Carmel TN

OGBC Staff

Oak Grove Baptist Church Staff


Meet Our Staff


        Benny Keck - Interim Senior Pastor


Dr. Benny Keck currently serves as Interim Pastor. This is an unusual turn of events since he was Senior Pastor at Oak Grove 15 years ago. He is recently retired from full time pastoring after 42 years in ministry. He is an East Tennessee native and has a passion to see people transformed by encountering Christ through His Word. 


        Eric Counts  - Assistant Pastor for Education

Eric Counts joined the OGBC staff in August 2012 as Assistant Pastor for Education.  He works full time at ZF TRW in Rogersville, TN as a product design engineer.  Eric is pursuing a Master of Arts in Christian Education degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  His undergraduate degree is from Tennessee Technological University in Mechanical Engineering.
Eric is married to Cheryl and they have two children, Ashley (14) and Jared (12). 
Eric enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf and basketball.  He also enjoys coaching children's baseball, basketball, and football, and cruising in his 1968 Buick Riviera.

        Ramona Adams - Youth Director

Ramona Adams joined the OGBC staff in August 2012 as Youth Director.  She is currently enrolled at  Clear Creek Bible College. 
Ramona is married to Mark and they have two children, Zachery and Bryant.  Mark serves as a deacon, a Sunday school teacher for youth, and is very active with the Upward Basketball Program.

        Doug Wagner - Minister of Music

 Doug has led the Music Ministry at Oak Grove since 1974. Born and raised in the area, he has called Oak Grove home since he was a child. Doug retired from Dobyns-Bennett High School where he served as a teacher/coach. Doug is also a Vietnam Veteran. He is married to Yvonne who is very active at OGBC and they have two grown children, Todd and Ryan.
Ryan is married to Beth; is head baseball coach at Dobyns-Bennett High School and together they teach a College & Career Class in Sunday School.  Todd is a teacher at John Adams Elementary School.

        Patsy Tate - Ministry Assistant

 Patsy Tate has been Ministry Assistant/Financial Secretary at OGBC since 1978. She has also served as Church Clerk. Her duties and roles at OG include almost everything! She is married to JerryTate, a deacon at Oak Grove and retired from Eastman Chemical Company.  Jerry now works part-time at RCAM (Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing) a branch of Northeast State as an instructor.  Jerry & Patsy have one son, Corbin, who is a Research Engineer at Georgia Tech Research Center. They have one grandson, Rand.

        Angela McPheron - Secretary

Angela McPheron began working at Oak Grove Baptist in February 2015 as a part-time secretary.  Prior to joining OGBC staff, Angela taught second grade for many years at Mt. Carmel Elementary School.  She is married to Chad, and they have two children, John and Jenna.  She currently serves as a third grade Sunday school teacher and substitute pianist.
Angela graduated from Carson Newman and enjoys watching football with her family.  She also enjoys singing and playing piano.


Travis "Tad" Russell has been with Oak Grove since November, 2012.  Travis grew up in this area.  He attended Pre-School at Oak Grove. He has two children, a son, Cameron and a daughter, Haley.  Travis is a graduate of Volunteer High School.  He is an accomplished musician and teaches all stringed instruments.  Travis has been involved with Music since he was four years old. 
Larry Otts has been with Oak Grove since February, 2012.  Larry and his wife Connie have two children, a son, Jeff & wife Chasity, who have two children, Brilley & Tristan; and a daughter, Lisa Mullins & husband Chad, who have one son, Scott.