Dr. John Shamblin – Senior Pastor
John grew up in Alabama and attended Samford University and the University of Alabama. He received his seminary education at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and Trinity Theological Seminary. He came to Briarwood in 2001 after serving churches in Georgia and Alabama. John and his wife, Beth, who teaches 7th Grade Science at Briarcrest Christian School, have been married 19 years. When they are away from Briarwood they can usually be found at a ballpark cheering on their 2 boys or the University of Alabama.
kids | Tyler, Connor
sport/team | Alabama Crimson Tide and Briarcrest Saints
food | Peanut butter and chocolate
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 more than 25 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
Heath Starks – Student Pastor
Heath is working on a PhD in New Testament at Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Hollie, have been at Briarwood since 2012 serving the church in various leadership capacities and he became the Student Pastor in July of 2015. Heath and Hollie have lived most of their lives in the Memphis are and they are familiar with the culture as it has grown. Hollie is a nurse at Baptist Women’s Hospital and is expecting their first child, Abigail, on June 4, 2016. Heath hopes to finish his degree by May 2017 and grow the Ignite Student Ministry in both quality and quantity by strengthening the faith foundation of each student.
kids | Abigail (due June 4, 2016)
sport/team | APSU Governors,
food | Italian
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