Church Staff

Dr. Fred Shackelford, Pastor

Fred began serving Ellendale as Senior Pastor in December of 2013. A Memphis native, He and his wife, Jennifer, love ministering together. They have three children: Clayton, who was born in August of 2003, Jack, who was born in June of 2006, and Andrew, who was born in October of 2009. Fred has a master’s degree and a doctoral degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and from 2011-2012, he served as the President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

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Tommy Webster, Administrative Pastor & Senior Adults

Tommy has a heart for service at Ellendale Baptist Church – joining our staff in 1983.  He served as our Minister of Music for 27 years and was promoted to the position of Administrative Pastor in 2009. He also serves as our Minister of Senior Adults.

He is a graduate of the University of Memphis holding the Bachelor of Music degree and of Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Religion and Education.

He and Karen have been married for 46 years. They have two children, Amy and Andrew, and five grandchildren, Drew, Taylor, Lillian, Jon Michael, and Magnolia.

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Jon Medlock, Worship Pastor & Missions

Jon serves as Minister of Music and Missions. He and his wife, Denise, are from Lineville, Alabama but, since 1994, have called Bartlett home. Jon is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, with a Bachelor of Church Music degree, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Religious Education and Music Minor degree. He and Denise have been married since 1976 and have three children, Matthew, Mark, and Meagan.

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Lynn Butler, Education Pastor & Outreach

Lynn joined the staff at Ellendale as the Minister of Education and Outreach in 2012. A native of southeast Missouri, Lynn and his wife Heather relocated to Bartlett in 1986. Lynn is a 1985 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in business and a 2004 graduate of Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Arts in Christian Education degree.

Lynn and his wife Heather have been married since 1985.  They two adult sons who are married to wonderful Christian women.  He enjoys rising early before the sun comes up to spend time with the Lord and prepare for his day. He also enjoys going for walks with Heather and playing the occasional round of golf with his sons.

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Josh Escue, Family Ministries Pastor

Josh began serving as Associate Pastor of Family Ministries in April of 2015. In his position, he oversees all ministry to preschoolers, children, middle school and high school students. He and his wife Emilee are both West Tennessee natives. Josh graduated from Union University in Jackson, TN, with a Bachelor of Christian Studies degree and a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Josh and Emilee were married in 2011 and have two kids, Nolan and Lynlee. Emilee is an elementary school teacher. They both enjoy being outdoors as much as possible.

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