Meet Our Staff

 
 Ken Bush, Minister of Education and Outreach   ken@centralparkbaptist.org   Ken Bush serves as our Minister of Education and Outreach, with responsibilities including church administration, missions and ministries, and senior adults. Ken joined the Central Park staff in 2001 and had previously served churches in Tennessee and Indiana. He is married to Kay, a teacher at Austinville Elementary School, and they have two grown sons, Andrew and Alan.   Ken is originally from Nashville and met Kay while they were both students at Belmont College (now University). He graduated from Belmont in 1979 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management, and in 1983 received the Master of Religious Education Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.   

Ken Bush, Minister of Education and Outreach

ken@centralparkbaptist.org

Ken Bush serves as our Minister of Education and Outreach, with responsibilities including church administration, missions and ministries, and senior adults. Ken joined the Central Park staff in 2001 and had previously served churches in Tennessee and Indiana. He is married to Kay, a teacher at Austinville Elementary School, and they have two grown sons, Andrew and Alan. 

Ken is originally from Nashville and met Kay while they were both students at Belmont College (now University). He graduated from Belmont in 1979 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management, and in 1983 received the Master of Religious Education Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

 David Holmes, Music Minister   dholmes14@bellsouth.net   David Holmes serves as Minister of Music with additional responsibilities supervising Buildings & Grounds maintenance and operations. David joined the Central Park staff in October 1997 and previously served churches in Texas, Mississippi and Alabama. David has been married to Melanie for 32 years and they have two adult children. Drew is married to Ashley (Kwasigroh) and they are in Pharmacy Residency. Drew is employed by the Kansas University Hospital and Ashley is employed by the Saint Luke's Children's Hospital. Their daughter Ashley is serving as Children's / Preschool Minister at Parkview Baptist Church in Decatur.  David has music degrees from Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. David also enjoys officiating High School football and basketball.   

David Holmes, Music Minister

dholmes14@bellsouth.net

David Holmes serves as Minister of Music with additional responsibilities supervising Buildings & Grounds maintenance and operations. David joined the Central Park staff in October 1997 and previously served churches in Texas, Mississippi and Alabama. David has been married to Melanie for 32 years and they have two adult children. Drew is married to Ashley (Kwasigroh) and they are in Pharmacy Residency. Drew is employed by the Kansas University Hospital and Ashley is employed by the Saint Luke's Children's Hospital. Their daughter Ashley is serving as Children's / Preschool Minister at Parkview Baptist Church in Decatur.

David has music degrees from Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. David also enjoys officiating High School football and basketball.

 

 Clint Wortham, Youth and Young Adult Minister   clint_wortham@yahoo.com   Clint Wortham joined Central Park February of 2012. His role at Central Park is to minister to students and to young adults. He believes these to be important years as students and young adults are learning to live and make decisions that impact the rest of their lives. His goal is for them to make all decisions through a Christian World view. He is from Locust Fork Alabama. He is married to Lesley Suggs Wortham who is from Moulton, Al. She is a school teacher. They have two children, Jack Wortham born to them and Allison Looney who chose them to be parents. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at University of Alabama, and a Master of Divinity New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary  Hobbies Hiking, Geocaching, Disc Golf, Music, Reading, and Comic Book Movies.  My favorite verse is 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.   

Clint Wortham, Youth and Young Adult Minister

clint_wortham@yahoo.com

Clint Wortham joined Central Park February of 2012. His role at Central Park is to minister to students and to young adults. He believes these to be important years as students and young adults are learning to live and make decisions that impact the rest of their lives. His goal is for them to make all decisions through a Christian World view. He is from Locust Fork Alabama. He is married to Lesley Suggs Wortham who is from Moulton, Al. She is a school teacher. They have two children, Jack Wortham born to them and Allison Looney who chose them to be parents. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at University of Alabama, and a Master of Divinity New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Hobbies Hiking, Geocaching, Disc Golf, Music, Reading, and Comic Book Movies.

My favorite verse is 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

 

 Debbie Pirkle, Preschool and Children's Minister   debbie@centralparkbaptist.org   Debbie Pirkle has been serving as preschool and children’s minister for 16 years. She and her husband (of 37 years) are natives to Decatur. They have two grown sons (Daniel-35 and Timothy-31), a precious daughter-in-law (Mallory) and two granddaughters (Lillie Beth-4 and Adalynn Grace-1). Debbie has degrees from Calhoun Community College, UNA and The University of Alabama. She has been teaching English to internationals as a volunteer for 30 years in English and More which is sponsored by the Morgan Baptist Association. She enjoys reading, singing, playing the piano, and spending time with friends and family.   

Debbie Pirkle, Preschool and Children's Minister

debbie@centralparkbaptist.org

Debbie Pirkle has been serving as preschool and children’s minister for 16 years. She and her husband (of 37 years) are natives to Decatur. They have two grown sons (Daniel-35 and Timothy-31), a precious daughter-in-law (Mallory) and two granddaughters (Lillie Beth-4 and Adalynn Grace-1). Debbie has degrees from Calhoun Community College, UNA and The University of Alabama. She has been teaching English to internationals as a volunteer for 30 years in English and More which is sponsored by the Morgan Baptist Association. She enjoys reading, singing, playing the piano, and spending time with friends and family.

 

 Karen Florence, Childcare Director   karenflorence@centralparkbaptist.org   Karen serves as the Director of Central Park Baptist Childcare Center. Karen has a Master of Arts in Elementary Education along with several years of experience in teaching, administration, and children's ministry. Karen has two children who are both attending Auburn University. Karen has a love for children and enjoys ministering to their families. She believes that God and family are the foundation of a growing child. She desires to enrich the growth of your child through a program that provides spiritual, academic, physical, and social experiences. The center provides a quality Biblical based hands-on learning experience.    

Karen Florence, Childcare Director

karenflorence@centralparkbaptist.org

Karen serves as the Director of Central Park Baptist Childcare Center. Karen has a Master of Arts in Elementary Education along with several years of experience in teaching, administration, and children's ministry. Karen has two children who are both attending Auburn University. Karen has a love for children and enjoys ministering to their families. She believes that God and family are the foundation of a growing child. She desires to enrich the growth of your child through a program that provides spiritual, academic, physical, and social experiences. The center provides a quality Biblical based hands-on learning experience. 

 

 Teresa Smyser, Financial Secretary   teresa@centralparkbaptist.org   Teresa Smyser has been the  financial administrator at Central Park for a year. She  lives in Athens, Alabama with her minister husband and their deaf cat, Spock. She has two married children and one fabulous grandson. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. She is an Adult Sunday School teacher at her home church in Athens. The rest of her time is divided between family, friends, church activities, and writing Christian fiction.     

Teresa Smyser, Financial Secretary

teresa@centralparkbaptist.org

Teresa Smyser has been the  financial administrator at Central Park for a year. She  lives in Athens, Alabama with her minister husband and their deaf cat, Spock. She has two married children and one fabulous grandson. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. She is an Adult Sunday School teacher at her home church in Athens. The rest of her time is divided between family, friends, church activities, and writing Christian fiction.  

 

 Whitley Fleming, Secretary and Webmaster   whitley@centralparkbaptist.org   Whitley joined the Central Park staff in April 2017. She has a passion for art, as well as a passion to serve the Lord where He leads. She obtained her Associates of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design from Calhoun Community College in 2013. She continued her education at Athens State University and completed her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art with a concentration in Graphic Design, and her minor in Art History in 2015. She currently teaches Middle School and High School art classes at Master's Hand Christian School. In her spare time, she enjoys serving as a co-leader for her student ministry, running her handmade craft business, watching superhero movies, and listening to Christian and singer/songwriter music.     

Whitley Fleming, Secretary and Webmaster

whitley@centralparkbaptist.org

Whitley joined the Central Park staff in April 2017. She has a passion for art, as well as a passion to serve the Lord where He leads. She obtained her Associates of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design from Calhoun Community College in 2013. She continued her education at Athens State University and completed her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art with a concentration in Graphic Design, and her minor in Art History in 2015. She currently teaches Middle School and High School art classes at Master's Hand Christian School. In her spare time, she enjoys serving as a co-leader for her student ministry, running her handmade craft business, watching superhero movies, and listening to Christian and singer/songwriter music.  

 

 Esther Oettle, Custodian  Esther Hernandez-Oettle joined the Central Park staff in January 2014. She is married to Jimmy Oettle. She has two sons, and twin daughters. She also has two grandchildren.   1 Corinthians 13:13  "and now these three remain faith, hope, and love... but the greatest is love." 

Esther Oettle, Custodian

Esther Hernandez-Oettle joined the Central Park staff in January 2014. She is married to Jimmy Oettle. She has two sons, and twin daughters. She also has two grandchildren. 

1 Corinthians 13:13

"and now these three remain faith, hope, and love... but the greatest is love." 

 Steve Carle, Maintenance   Steven Carle was born in Springfield, Ohio, and was raised in Cambridge, Ohio. He began serving in the Navy in 1976, and when he retired from the military he lived in various places like Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, and Wisconsin. He has lived in Alabama since 1996. He has worked in the maintenance field for 22 years, and he has worked in maintenance at Central Park Baptist Church for 3 years. Steve has been an active member of Central Park for 5 years. 

Steve Carle, Maintenance 

Steven Carle was born in Springfield, Ohio, and was raised in Cambridge, Ohio. He began serving in the Navy in 1976, and when he retired from the military he lived in various places like Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, and Wisconsin. He has lived in Alabama since 1996. He has worked in the maintenance field for 22 years, and he has worked in maintenance at Central Park Baptist Church for 3 years. Steve has been an active member of Central Park for 5 years. 

 Marie Hammon, Secretary Emeritus  Marie served as church secretary at Westside/Central Park Baptist Church for 44 years. 

Marie Hammon, Secretary Emeritus

Marie served as church secretary at Westside/Central Park Baptist Church for 44 years.