Meet Our Staff


Benny Keck

Interim Senior Pastor
Dr. Benny Keck currently serves as Interim Pastor. This is an unusual turn of events since he was Senior Pastor at Oak Grove 15 years ago. He is recently retired from full time pastoring after 42 years in ministry. He is an East Tennessee native and has a passion to see people transformed by encountering Christ through His Word. 

Eric Counts

Assistant Pastor for Education
Eric Counts joined the OGBC staff in August 2012 as Assistant Pastor for Education.  He works full time at ZF TRW in Rogersville, TN as a product design engineer.  Eric is pursuing a Master of Arts in Christian Education degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  His undergraduate degree is from Tennessee Technological University in Mechanical Engineering.
Eric is married to Cheryl and they have two children, Ashley (16) and Jared (14). 
Eric enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf and basketball.  He also enjoys coaching children’s baseball, basketball, and football, and cruising in his 1968 Buick Riviera.

Ramona Adams

Youth Director
Ramona Adams joined the OGBC staff in August 2012 as Youth Director.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Ministry from Clear Creek Bible College. 
Ramona has two children, Zachary and Bryant.  

Doug Wagner

Minister of Music
Doug has led the Music Ministry at Oak Grove since 1974. Born and raised in the area, he has called Oak Grove home since he was a child. Doug retired from Dobyns-Bennett High School where he served as a teacher/coach. Doug is also a Vietnam Veteran. He is married to Yvonne who is very active at OGBC and they have two grown children, Todd and Ryan.
Ryan is married to Beth; is head baseball coach at Dobyns-Bennett High School and together they teach a College & Career Class in Sunday School.  Todd is a teacher at John Adams Elementary School.

Patsy Tate

Ministry Assistant
Patsy Tate has been Ministry Assistant/Financial Secretary at OGBC since 1978. She has also served as Church Clerk. Her duties and roles at OG include almost everything! She is married to Jerry Tate, a deacon at Oak Grove and retired from Eastman Chemical Company. Jerry now works part-time at RCAM (Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing) a branch of Northeast State as an instructor. Jerry & Patsy have one son, Corbin, who is a Research Engineer at Georgia Tech Research Center. They have one grandson, Rand.

Angela McPheron

Angela McPheron began working at Oak Grove Baptist in February 2015 as a part-time secretary and is now full time.  Prior to joining OGBC staff, Angela taught second grade for many years at Mt. Carmel Elementary School.  She is married to Chad, and they have two children, John and Jenna. 


Travis Russell

Travis “Tad” Russell has been with Oak Grove since November, 2012. Travis grew up in this area. He attended Pre-School at Oak Grove. He has two children, a son, Cameron and a daughter, Haley. Travis is a graduate of Volunteer High School. He is an accomplished musician and teaches all stringed instruments. Travis has been involved with Music since he was four years old.


Larry Otts

Larry Otts has been with Oak Grove since February, 2012. Larry and his wife Connie have two children, a son, Jeff & wife Chasity, who have two children, Brilley & Tristan; and a daughter, Lisa Mullins & husband Chad, who have one son, Scott.