Pulpit Minister

"How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?" Romans 10:14

Oftentimes, the pulpit minister is also known as the "preacher."  The preacher has the responsibility most times of studying, preparing, and presenting lessons from God's word at different assemblies and Bible study classes.  

While the minister, or preacher, is not elevated above any other member in the congregation, we have included a photo and a brief biography of our pulpit minister as we realize that many times, he is the person that you may see and meet at our services when you visit, or even around the community at various functions. 

Our pulpit minister is actively involved in community ministry including visitation programs, public awareness of the local congregation, good old door knocking and foot walking to spread the Gospel of Christ in evangelism, and outreach to members and our neighbors of the community. 

The pulpit minister (preacher) at the Central church of Christ is:


ben bailey

Ben has been our pulpit minister since 2011.  He is a graduate of Brown Trail School of Preaching and a native of Texas.  
Since 1996, Ben has also been involved in The Gospel of Christ Media program and is the speaker for the TV and audio program.

Ben, Christie, Nathan, and Hannah live in McMinnville and are active in many areas of the community.

Youth Minister

Swims Family

Swims Family

mike swims (september 2018)

Michael and Jennifer Swims are pleased to be working with the family at the Central church of Christ in McMinnville, TN. They come to us from Demopolis, AL where Mike served for 5 years as the Pulpit Minister for the Canal Heights congregation. Mike will be taking over as the Youth & Family Minister here at the Central church of Christ.

Mike is a 2013 graduate of the Memphis School of Preaching and has worked in ministry in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. Before entering ministry, he worked in law enforcement. He has served as a Reserve Officer and Police Chaplain for the Demopolis (AL) Department of Public Safety. In 2016, Mike was appointed as a board member for the Marengo County (AL) Children’s Policy Council. He enjoys coaching soccer and most recently served as Club President of the Demopolis River City Soccer league.

Jennifer also enjoys being active in the local community. She enjoys acting and directing local theatre productions, as well as serving with various community organizations.

Together, Mike and Jennifer have two sons: Conner Christopher (6) and Cooper Lee (2). 




Charlotte mcgregor

Charlotte is a retired business teacher with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.  She has attended Central for over 10 years, working in the office for 3.  Charlotte has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.  



ann terry

Ann is a retired Warren County High School educator.  She is the mother of two daughters and grandmother (GiGi) to Trevor, Max, and Elizabeth.  Ann has attended Central for 27 years.

Building and Grounds

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David godwin

David has been a member of the Central congregation for over 40 years.  

He serves as custodian and caretaker of the church building facilities.


Ray Bennett

Ray has been attending Central for over 10 years.  

He serves as custodian and caretaker of the annex and benevolence building.  Ray also volunteers with the benevolence work of the church.



Tom watson

Tom counsels at Central on Fridays.  He is available by appointment by contacting the office and scheduling.

There are many others that volunteer their time and service for the Lord at our facility, and in outreach and evangelism programs that we appreciate so much as well.