Staff & Officers

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Randy Makemson, Director of Missions

Randy K. Makemson was born January 2, 1956, in Cullman, Alabama. After graduating from Fairview High School, he attended and graduated from Clarke College, Newton, Mississippi in 1979. He finished his Bachelor Degree at Mississippi College, Clinton, Mississippi with a major in religion in 1983. He attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from 1989 through 1991.

Brother Randy married the former Brenda Bradford of Philadelphia, Mississippi.  They have two children, Jason and Jennifer.  Jason graduated from Wallace State, Hanceville, Alabama, December 2004 and is married to the former Kayla Steele.  In October of 2012, Brother Randy’s first grandchild, Claire Lynn Makemson, was born.  In April 2015, Brother Randy's third grandchild, Caroline Jewell Makemson, was born.  Jennifer graduated from Athens State University, December 2011 and is married to Jeremy Calloway.   In September of 2014, Brother Randy's second grandchild, Emily Faith Calloway, was born.  In August 2016, Brother Randy's fourth grandchild, Eli James Calloway was born. 

Brother Randy served as Church Activity Director for the summer of 1980. Since January, 1981 he has pastored five churches. In these twenty-four years, he pastored Good Hope Baptist Church, Springfield Baptist Church, and Elim Baptist Church. These churches were in Mississippi. In July, 1991, he moved to Cullomburg Baptist Church, Alabama before coming to Faith Baptist in Cullman, Alabama in 1993. He accepted the call from East Cullman Baptist Association to serve as Director of Missions in October, 2005.    


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Debbie Keaton, Ministry Associate

Debbie serves in our associational office as full-time associate. Debbie has a degree from Wallace State Community College in Business Management.  

She has been an active member of  First Baptist Church of Fairview for more than 25  years, where she has served as Sunday School Teacher, Discipleship Training Teacher, Mission Friends Teacher, and Discipleship Training Director.  Currently, she serves as the WMU Director and VBS Kitchen Coordinator at her church.  In addition to her activities at her home church, Debbie has been active in the ECBA WMU, serving as ECBA WMU Director for many years, and continues to serve on the ECBA WMU team.  She and her family have also served on several ECBA Construction Mission Trips.  

Debbie has been married to her husband Keith for over 29 years. They have two sons. Justin is a Junior at Athen's State University, where he is pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. Kyle graduated from Auburn University's Architecture & Design Building Science Program in May 2016.  He married Brooke Hamm Keaton in August 2016.  


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Sonya Burtis, Clerk

Sonya serves as our Associational Clerk. She is a member of Center Grove Baptist Church.  She also  serves as the church secretary at Center Grove  and serves in the youth ministry. Sonya is married to Jerry Burtis and they have two sons, Preston and Jacob. 


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Gary Peebles, Moderator

Gary has served as Pastor at West Side Baptist Church in Eva, AL since 2007.  He is married to Carolyn Peebles.

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Patrick Morton, Vice-Moderator

Patrick Morton has served as Pastor of New Hope #2 Baptist Church since 2012.  He is married to Becki Morton.