Associate Pastor

Brandon “Laser” Carder

Brandon grew up not too far from here in Athens, TN. After he graduated from high school, he enlisted into the Army as a combat medic in which he served two deployments in Bagdad, Iraq. After completion of his service, Brandon attended the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga where he was awarded his bachelor’s degree. During this time Brandon came to know Christ as his Lord and savior and desired to change his career track to vocational ministry. He attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 2013 and graduated with a Master of Divinity in December 2016.

After finding God’s match for him, Brandon married his beautiful bride Heather Carder in the summer of 2014. God has now blessed them with two children Adalee & Judson, and both look forward to having more in the near future God willing.

Brandon has a passion for the Word of God, discipling others, and apologetics. Outside of ministry work, as a life-long Vols fan, he roots hard for the big orange year round, enjoys exercising, playing sports, games, and movie dates with his wife.

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