our elders

Elders were appointed to oversee the churches of Christ in the first-century church. Our congregation has been blessed with elders who are godly men that love the Lord. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our elders.

The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.



I Timothy 5:17

Jerry Bell



Jerry is a native of Lewis County, Tennessee, and husband of Jeanette Pitts, also a native of Lewis County. Jerry is a 1962 graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Pharmacy. Jerry and Jeanette have two children:  Alan Bell (and wife, Kim) and Karen Bell Farris ( and husband, Greg). They have two grandchildren: A.J. Bell and Samantha Leslie Bell. Jerry has worked as a pharmacist/owner in Parsons, Tennessee, for over forty-nine (49) years, selling the drug store in September 2012. HIs hobbies include working with his horses, farming, and spoiling his grandchildren. Jerry has been a member of the Parsons' congregation since 1963 and has been privileged to serve as teacher, treasurer, deacon, and elder.

A.B. White


A.B. is a lifelong resident of Parsons, Tennessee. He is married to Anita Stephens White of Henderson, County, and they have two children; Kristin White and Brandon White. A.B. was baptized into Christ in 1994 at the Christian Chapel congregation where he served in various roles, including deacon. His family has been members of the Parsons' congregation since 2005, where he has served as teacher and deacon. He is employed at Freed-Hardeman University and serves as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness. A.B. feels honored to serve the Lord's church as a elder in the Parsons congregation.

Jeremy Goff


Jeremy Goff is married to Brandi Goff and father of Madison and Brooks Goff. He grew up in the Parsons' congregation and previously served in various roles, including the office of deacon. He attended Freed-Hardeman University and received a degree in Computer Information Systems. He works locally as a developer with Smiley Technologies.