Dr. Jere Phillips – Interim Pastor
Dr. Jere Phillips serves as Professor of Practical Theology at the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and is Editor of The Journal of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Phillips received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Union University and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Ken Ilari – Worship Pastor
Ken was born and grew up in Louisville, KY. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 1981 and has been married to his wife Elaine for nearly 35 years. Ken, Elaine and family initially came to Briarwood in 2001 and spent three years working with church plants in the Albany, NY area before returning in 2009.
kids | Jonathan, Nicholas
sport/team | Nascar
food | pizza, diet coke
Kim Papple – Children’s Ministries Director
Kim was born in Marquette, Michigan. She attended Northern Michigan University and University of Memphis. She married her husband Allen in 1995 and has lived down south since. She and her family first attended Briarwood as a member in January 2005. She became a staff member in March of 2011. She has a passion for teaching children about the Bible and God’s love for them. In her free time she enjoys baseball, photography and cooking.
kids | Joshua, Jacob, Emily
sport/team | Detroit Tigers Baseball and any team her children play on
food | Mexican
Catherine Detherow – Church Administration and Finance
Catherine was born in New York, and grew up in Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, graduating in 1982. Catherine and her husband Gary joined Briarwood in 2002. Catherine enjoys spending time with family and friends, writing, reading, and challenging Gary in word games.
kids | daughter Christine, grandson Nathan, granddaughter Madeleine, niece Nikki, great nephew Adam, and great niece Audrey
sport/team | Football – Green Bay Packers / Basketball – Memphis Grizzlies
food | Chocolate, raspberries