Meet the Staff

Dr. Chris Pritchett

Senior Pastor
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Chris accepted the call into ministry in May of 1989. He served two churches prior to becoming the Pastor of Pleasant Grove. He served as the Student Minister at Roopville Road Baptist Church, Roopville, GA until 1992 and then began serving as the Associate Pastor at Mt. Rachel Baptist Church, Dalton, GA until 1997.  Chris accepted God’s call to Pleasant Grove as Senior Pastor in May of 1997. With his wife, Denise and two children, Russ and Leslie, they serve tirelessly to fulfill God’s calling in their lives. Chris began early on to share his faith and teaching others to share their faith.  As a result, God has blessed Pleasant Grove by increasing average attendance from 40 to nearly 500.

Chris received his Doctorate in Christian Ministry while serving at Pleasant Grove.  He is an avid outdoorsman with a love for deer hunting. He can be found many spring evenings on a baseball field either getting the field ready for a game or coaching and encouraging athletes.  He is the founder of 12th Man Ministries that serves local high school athletic teams in order to have an opportunity to share Christ.  Chris asked Jesus to come into his heart and save him in 1984 at Metro Bible Study.  He always says “Since that day, I have never been the same!”

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Stacie Alexander

Director of Music and Worship Arts
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Stacie Alexander came to Pleasant Grove Baptist as the Director of Music and Worship Arts in March of 2004. She formerly served in a variety of music positions at Northside Baptist Church, Bio Baptist Church, Bethany Baptist Church and Elberton Pentecostal Church. Stacie began her piano study at age eight and began playing in church at the age of twelve. In 2002 Stacie received a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in 2002   from  Emmanuel College. While at Emmanuel, she served as the accompanist for the chorale and many vocal and instrumental students. In addition to her full time position at Pleasant Grove, she and her husband Shane are the proud parents of Chloe, Jackson, and Charlie. Their days are both joyful and chaotic. Stacie says “Our greatest joy is to laugh!” Her one desire is to lead the congregation of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in experiencing true and pure corporate worship each week.

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Denise Pritchett

Director of Family Ministries
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Denise is the Director of Family Ministries at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She handles a variety of activities including Food Service Programs, Special Events, Foreign Mission Trips and Special Activities for the entire congregation. She is the Sunday School Teacher for the young married. Coincidentally she is also married to the Sr. Pastor and together they have two children, Russ and Leslie and are the caregivers for a mentally challenged gentleman Donald Long. She enjoys cooking, gardening and shopping. She has a BS degree in Recreation Therapy from the State University of West Georgia and worked at the Carrollton and Dalton Recreation Departments as well as Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center. She became active in ministry in college but came to understand God’s grace when she accepted him as her Lord and Savior in 1992. She says “My life’s desire is to help God’s people understand their potential through Him. Without Him, there is nothing, with Him, there is EVERYTHING!”

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John Todd

Pastor of Education
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John E. Todd accepted the Lord’s call to ministry and was ordained on September 15, 2002.  Born into the firm foundation of a Christian home, John accepted Jesus Christ as his person Lord and Savior on August 3, 1997.  Since coming to the Lord, John never missed any opportunity to witness and minister to his fellow co-workers.  He now is taking correspondence classes through the Southern Baptist School for Biblical Studies.  John joined Pleasant Grove in September of 2001.  He became an irreplaceable servant of God in the area of teaching, visitation, and counseling,  short-term missionary work and other ministry opportunities.  John was recently married to the former Teresa Harris who teaches school in Elbert County.

John serves as the full-time Pastor of Education at Pleasant Grove.

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Kip Akins

Director of Operations
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Kip  joined our staff at PGBC as the Director of Operations in 2008.  He graduated from Franklin County High School in 1990. He served in the U.S. Army from 1991-1995.  He served as a Hart County Deputy Sheriff from 2004-2008. He and his wife Amanda have a daughter Audrey.  His is a fitness buff/body builder and won the Hartwell Strong Man competition.  He loves Ultimate Fighting Championships. His desire is to make the facilities of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church a warm and comfortable place to worship and serve.

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Evie Owensby

Office Staff
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Evie and her husband Steve have been long time members of Pleasant Grove. Steve serves on the Deacon board. She is blessed with three children, Jesse, Kyle and Keri. Evie’s responsibilities include Assistant to Denise, as well as, many other duties ranging from keeping the Sunday-School records to finances. Her excellence and expertise in the church office exemplifies her talents. She also serves in various other ministries within the church. Her dedication is unquestionable as she joins with the rest of the staff in efforts of fulfilling the goal of seeing others saved into the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Inez Brown

Office Staff
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Inez has been a member at Pleasant Grove since 1968 and the Church Treasurer since 1972. She and her husband Larry, who is also a deacon here, helped carry this church in good times and in bad. She has established a solid financial foundation for this church and maintains solid financial accountability for the church. Managing the financial aspect of Pleasant Grove is a huge responsibility but Inez also manages to coordinate incredible Vacation Bible Schools each year.

Wanda Griffey

Dir. of Housekeeping Services

Wanda is responsible for the cleanliness of our facilities and that in itself is a huge undertaking. Wanda has been a member of Pleasant Grove for several years and has been an active Sunday School Teacher for young girls for much of her time here. She has a passion to influence young girls for Christ and goes above and beyond to do so even spending her personal time and resources on many weekends to provide Sunday lunches for families after a “retreat” weekend for their children in her home. Her home is aptly named “The Barn Door” because it is welcoming to all including the many “critters” she has cared for over the years. Pastor Chris calls her the Ellie Mae of Pleasant Grove! For many years she has hosted Country Weekend for boys and girls giving them an exciting weekend full of activities including air shows, fishing and lots of Jesus! Wanda is a proud Mother, Grandmother and newlywed, married to Lee Griffey.

Megan Parham

Dir. of Student Ministries


Leann Tornez

Ministry Assistant