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Cody McPherson
Director of Worship Arts

Paul Thacker

Associate Pastor

Pastor Paul and his family have helped to anchor Brantwood for over 20 years. Paul currently serves as Associate Pastor, excelling in pastoral care. He graduated from Fairborn High School and retired from Keebler after nearly 30 years of service as a territory manager. He is married to Pat, and has two married daughters and five grandchildren.

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James Risner

Senior Pastor

Pastor James 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).


"So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;  not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory." 1 Peter 5:1-4 (ESV)