Director of Worship Arts

Cody McPherson has served as the Director of Worship Arts for Brantwood Baptist Church since 2015. At Brantwood, Cody directs all of the musical, logistical, and creative components of the worship gatherings. In addition to directing the worship arts at Brantwood, Cody teaches K-6 music for Preble Shawnee Local Schools during the week. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from West Virginia University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the American College of Education. Cody’s hobbies include dappling in any and every musical instrument, rooting on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, and spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, his spunky daughter, Nora, and their new baby Claire.



Pastor James Risner and his family joined Brantwood in the Fall of 2013, having served the local church vocationally since 1999. James’ passions are in shepherding God’s people and preaching God’s Word; he also enjoys playing sports and music, studying culture, and being with people. His wife Jenny excels in hospitality and discipleship; she also teaches piano lessons, tutors in a Classical Conversations Community, and stays fit raising and chasing their four children. Dr. Risner taught for eight years at Boyce College, and holds the following degrees: Associate of Arts in Character Development, Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, Master of Divinity, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology (both advanced degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary).

Pastor Nathan Hornback became a member of Brantwood Baptist Church in January 2018, and during that year he served alongside Pastor James as a pastoral intern.  He has a Masters of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and works full-time as an engineer for the Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  Prior to serving at Brantwood, he taught Sunday School and was the choir director and worship leader at Faith Baptist Church in Beavercreek.  His wife, Taylor, stays at home with their son, Judah, and she loves to read and cook. Their hobbies together include all kinds of outdoor activites, especially backpacking and hiking.