Our Leadership

Ray Umphrey

Lead Pastor

Pastor Ray has been involved in ministry for over 20 years both as a pastor and a denominational leader in Tennessee and Kentucky. Ray and his wife, Katrina, are East Tennessee natives and have been married since 2005. Ray came to Briggs Road Baptist Church as Lead Pastor in 2017. As the lead pastor, Ray is the primary preaching pastor and provides leadership and spiritual care for the church. Pastor Ray is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he previously earned a Master of Divinity. Ray loves playing guitar, hunting, dancing with his wife, and relaxing in front of a good comedy, sci-fi flick, or an old western. Check out his personal website here!

David Garay

Spanish Mission Pastor

Pastor David has been in the ministry for more than 44 years and during those years he served as mission pastor in multiple countries and he ministered throughout all of Ohio where he planted 4 churches. David has been with Briggs Road Baptist Church since 2002 as Spanish Mission Pastor. David and his late wife Maria Luisa have been married since 1965, and they have 4 children (Carmen, Michie, John, and Carlos) with 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. David loves to play golf, play with his grandchildren, and travel!

Chloe Garcia

Ministry Assistant

Chloe Garcia is a recent Bible college graduate who joined Briggs Road Baptist Church in the summer of 2021. She actively serves as Pastor Ray’s Ministry Assistant, as well as in other children’s ministries such as AWANA, Sunday School, and the ABC Christian Preschool. She is an avid learner and enjoys reading, writing, and singing in her free time!

Jonathan Hernandez

Student Ministry Leader

Jonathan Hernandez was saved at the age of 13. He is currently working as a Cybersecurity Analyst and pastoral intern at Briggs Road Baptist Church. As of last January, he has been ministering to the youth as the Student Minister. He is planning on pursuing his MDiv at Southern Seminary in the near future. In his free time, he enjoys reading books, playing basketball, and playing his guitar!