• Pastor - Zac Clay

    Bro. Zac came to Pine Grove from just down the road in Gadsden on January 8, 2017. Previously he had served as Pastor at three other Alabama Baptist churches as well as several churches as youth pastor. He is a graduate of UAB where he played football for the Blazers and earned a degree in Secondary Education. He also earned a Master’s degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a history teacher and high school football coach for 10 years before going full time in ministry.

    Bro. Zac believes in a church ministry that involves preaching the Word of God with energy and compassion. He is a conservative Southern Baptist, who views God’s Word as being the inerrant, inspired, infallible Word of God. His favorite style of preaching is expository, verse by verse preaching. He is a firm believer in evangelism and soul winning and the discipleship of those who are in Christ.

    He met Rachel Johnson while preaching at a revival at a small country church where she played the piano. They were married on June 19, 1998 and have three beautiful children- Austin, Becca, and Chapman.

  • associate pastor / senior adults - eugene burgess

    Bro. Eugene was born in Peaceburg, AL (now Pelham Army Range). He attended Saks Jr. High and Alexandria High School. Bro. Eugene married his wife, Annette in September of 1958 and they were married for 49 years. Bro. Eugene has pastored for 35 years and has had the privilege of serving 5 different churches here in Alabama. Bro. Eugene came to Pine Grove as the Associate Pastor and Senior Adult Minister in July of 2011.

  • minister of Education and students - ric manning

    Bro. Ric was born in Rome, Georgia and raised in Cave Spring, Georgia. He attended Cave Spring High School and graduated Coosa High School. He has been living In Cedar Bluff Alabama since 1991. Before joining the staff at Pine Grove in April of 2012, he served in Youth Ministry at State Line Baptist Church and First Baptist Cedar Bluff. 

  • Minister of music and media- Stacey Ethridge

    Bro. Stacey came to Pine Grove in September 2017 from Pikeville, Kentucky, but he is a native of Alabama.  Stacey has lead worship in churches in Kentucky, Alabama, and Florida for over 20 years.  He is a graduate of Auburn University where he received his Bachelors in Music Education, and he received his Master’s in Church Music and Worship from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.


    Bro. Stacey believes that worship should be Biblically based, theologically sound, musically excellent, and reach to all generations.  His favorite Bible verses on worship include Psalm 150, Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:19, and Revelation 4.  Bro. Stacey also believes that he is called to be a minister first, and that music should be just one avenue of his ministry.  He believes in personal evangelism, fellowship with believers, and ministering to those who are sick, grieving, or struggling with life’s difficulties.


    Stacey and his wife Debbie met in high school in Dothan, Alabama and married a few years later in September, 1992.  Their daughter, Megan Kaye, was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1998.  

  • Interim Children's Ministers - Patrick and Malorie Lowe

    Patrick and Malorie joined our staff in May of 2016 as our interim Children's Ministers.  They do a wonderful job of planning activities and events for our children, including AWANA.

  • financial secretary - barbara leach

    Barbara is a native of south Florida and a graduate of Auburn University. She has lived in Cherokee County for over twenty years and has five children. Barbara joined the staff in July of 2014.

  • secretary - faye marton

    Faye was born in LaFayette, Ga. and raised in Summerville, Ga. She graduated from Chattooga County High School. Faye moved to Florida and lived in St. Petersburg and Orlando for 23 years. She now lives in Gaylesville with her husband Tim. Faye and Tim have 7 children and 13 grandchildren. Faye has been on staff since 2009 as Church Secretary.