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Senior Pastor

Charles Ritchie

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Pastor Ritchie came to ABC in October, 1989 as Associate Pastor, and became Pastor in September, 1990. He also served as Associate Pastor/Youth & Worship Leader at Agape (ABC) from 1978-1981.

He has served as Pastor or Associate Pastor/Youth & Worship Leader at churches in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Indiana since 1972, and was in full-time evangelism during 1983-84, while a member of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN and Broadmoor Baptist Church, Memphis, TN. His home church was the Leaclair Baptist Church, Memphis, TN, where, as a teenager, he was church organist from 1966-1971. Bro. Charles shares and ministers in approximately 10-15 churches and entertains on his Yamaha FS-500 three-tier organ at 15-20 gaited horse shows across a ten state area throughout each year. Many of his scripture song CD's are available on iTunes, as well as some of his horse show music. His preaching style varies from topical messages dealing with pertinent issues the average person faces to expository sharing from the Word of God.

He attended Kingsbury H.S., Memphis, TN, Union University, Jackson, TN, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS, and Luther Rice University, Lithonia, GA, as well as the Billy Graham School of Evangelism. While pastoring in Hammond, Indiana, Bro. Charles served as a trustee at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, as well as, on the Executive Committee & Executive Board for Indiana Baptists.

He met the former Jackie Carolyn Fowler while a freshman in college and they married several years later on December 21, 1973. The Lord also blessed their home with 3 lovely daughters: Tara Dawn Tanner (1978), Charlotte Carolyn Stewart (1981), and Rebecca Lynn Ritchie (1987-deceased).

Charles and Jackie enjoy hiking in the Smokies, fishing, hunting, camping, water sports, racquetball, softball, music, and spending time with their immediate family and church family. They also have four granddaughters who affect their schedules each week, Ellie Kate Stewart, Abigail Lynn Stewart, Carolyn Dawn Tanner, & Adelyn Grace Tanner!

Life Verse: "For I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live.Yet, not I, but Christ lives in me. And, the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me".  Galatians 2:20

You may reach his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/charlesritchiejr


Associate & Youth Pastor

Tim Browning

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Tim was blessed to grow up in a Christian home. He came to ABC at the age of 15, became actively involved in the youth program, and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 16.

He has been working in youth ministry at Agape for about 17 years and is passionate about encouraging students to live out their Christian faith.

He and Amie (Smeltser) were married in December of 1995. They have 4 children: Noah, Will, Grace, and Lydia.

Bro. Tim enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, water sports, and just enjoying life.


Associate Pastor/Pastoral Ministries

David Vanzant

Bro. David is a native Memphian who grew up at ABC. He was raised in a Christian home and made a profession of faith at 8 years old, but while in his early twenties realized that he needed to repent and trust Christ. It was soon after he was saved that God called him to be a preacher of the gospel, and began preaching and serving here at ABC. Bro. David has had the privilege of pastoring churches in Missouri and Minnesota, before moving back to his hometown of Memphis.

He has a passion for preaching the glorious gospel of Christ and discipling people in their walk with Christ.

David and Brandi were married on March 27, 1999. They have two children: Drew and Emily.

He enjoys spending time with family, baseball, football, reading, and hunting.

 


Assistant Pastor

Buddy Nash

Bro. Clyde "Buddy" Nash has served as ABC's Minister of Outreach for the last 3 years and has been a member of Agape for 10 years. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two girls, Britney and Sara. Buddy also directs ABC's Men's Ministry. He is an Arkansan by birth and bleeds Razorback Red!


Worship & Praise Team Leader

Chad Stewart

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Chad has been at ABC since 2005 but didn't begin serving as Worship & Praise Team Leader until 2009. Prior to serving at Agape, Chad led worship for youth camps and several campus ministries while a student at Mississippi State University (Campus Crusade for Christ, Baptist Student Union, FCA, etc.) He graduated in 2004 with a Music Business degree.

He is a native of St. Louis, MO and grew up in a family of faith. Music has always been very present from his early life and continuing through college. While at MSU, Chad met his bride-to-be, Charlotte Ritchie, and they were wed in June, 2005.  They have two girls, Ellie Kate and Abigail Lynn.

Besides ministering at Agape, Chad sings with a gospel trio, Legacy Of Faith. Their music is available on iTunes.


Administrative Assistant

Emily Dixon

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Emily and her husband , David, have been members of ABC for 23 years and have three children, Davey, Kelsey, and Taylor.

Emily has also served as Media Specialist for ABC since 2011, and as Children’s Choir Director from 2001-2003. She has a background in store management, visual merchandising, graphic design, office administration, ecommerce administration, and website administration.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, painting, and gardening.

Favorite verse of scripture:  “You show that you are a letter from Christ… written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.”          2 Corinthians 3:3 


Sunday School/ Bible Study Director

Tony Thompson

Tony was born on November 22, 1964 in New York, NY. His parents soon moved to Memphis where he graduated from Southside High School. Having joined the Navy in 1983, he met his future wife, Cynthia, while stationed in Sigonella, Sicily. They married on July 2, 1988.

While stationed at the Millington, TN Navy base, he and his family started attending ABC in 1998. They joined a short time later. Tony and Cynthia both are retired from the Navy. He retired in 2003, and currently is employed by Northrop Grumman.

Not only is Tony ABC's Sunday School/ Bible Study Director, but he also plays drums with the Praise Band and sings in the ABC Choir!

 


ABC Treasurer

David Smith

Dave Smith has been a member of Agape since 2005. He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is proud of it as he always supports his Michigan sports teams. He served 4 years in the USMC, part of which was 9 months on the base in Millington, TN. During that 9 months he developed a relationship with a Southern Belle named Samantha who brought him back to Memphis to marry him after he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corp. They now have 2 daughters, Sydney & Harley, and a son, Ethan. 

 

He graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in accounting and currently serves as the ABC Treasurer.

 

In his spare time Dave enjoys watching and playing just about any sport or card game (he considers himself a big kid), and enjoys singing bass in the ABC Choir.