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Dr. Rusty J. Sowell

Senior Pastor


A native of Rincon Georgia, Rusty moved to Prattville, Alabama, at the age of 12 and graduated from Autauga County High School in Prattville, Alabama. Rusty received his Associate of Arts degree from Clarke College in Newton, Mississippi and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mobile College. Rusty began his seminary education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary receiving his Master of Divinity and then his Doctor of Ministry at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Rusty has served as Pastor of Providence since May, 1984.

He and his wife, Gina, have two children, and one grandchild, Megan, Zack and his wife Tracy and their son, Jackson.

Rev. Chuck Adams

Associate Pastor / Student Ministry


Bro. Chuck has been with PBC either part or full time since 2004. He graduated from Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008 with a B.A. in Christian Ministries and in 2019 with a Masters Of Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bro. Chuck has been married to Karesa since 1987 and they have two daughters, Jessi (Michael) and Kadie (Dustin) and, three grandchildren, Lyla, Charli and Wyatt.

Bro. Chuck accepted the call to ministry and has served his entire time as a minister here at PBC.

Dr. Tom Smith

Music Minister


Coming to Auburn University in 1972 as Director Choral Activities, Tom Smith served briefly as Interim Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Auburn. In 1974, he answered the call to become Minister of Music at Providence. He and his wife, Gayle, have been a part of the Providence family since that time. Their two children, Marisha and Eron, also were an active part of Providence during their “growing up’ years. Now married, Marisha and Roby Robinson have two children, Ella and Luke. Eron is married to Mary and they have four children, Zoe, Juliette, River, and Oaklen. Tom has a B.M. degree in Church Music from Samford University, a M.A. degree in Music Theory from the University of Iowa, and the D.M.A. from the University of Colorado. In addition to his work at Providence, Tom is Professor Emeritus of Music at Auburn University, and is conductor of both the East Alabama Youth Chorale and the Alabama Singing Men.

Ms. Deana Stone

Senior Adult Director


Deana, a native of Enterprise, Alabama, began her ministry at Providence in 1984. She served as the church pianist and her soon-to-be husband, Greg, served as the Youth Minister. Deana earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Auburn University, and taught school for twenty years. She retired from teaching in 2010 and worked as a church secretary in various ministry rolls over the next ten years. During this time, God opened the doors for Deana to work with senior adults, which she believes is the calling the Lord has on her life.

Deana has four children: Sydni (Justin) Boyd, Drew (Leslie) Stone, Kendall (Derek) McFarland, and Chloe Stone. She also has three wonderful grandchildren, Brenn, Stone, and Maebry, and a fourth grand on the way.

Tammy Senn

Children's Director

Shannon Hughes

College Director


Shannon Hughes has served in college ministry for over twelve years. She worked in vocational ministry as a state missionary on the campuses of Southeastern Louisiana University, University of South Alabama and Auburn University through Baptist Campus Ministries. Over the last five years she has worked as an academic advisor at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Shannon grew up in Auburn. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Shannon has a passion to see students mobilized to be missionaries on their campus and around the world. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Mrs. Jennifer Hughes

Church Secretary / Clerk


Jennifer, having grown up in the Providence family, officially joined the Providence staff in August of 1991. Jennifer’s family dates back to the early years of Providence as does her husband, Tim’s family. Jennifer and Tim have married children, Nathan (Morgan) and Alison (Marc) and four grandchildren, Bayleigh and Grayson, Keegan and Keely. Jennifer, a native of the Beauregard community, graduated from Beauregard High School and studied Computer Science at SUSCC. She is Administrative Assistant and serves as the Church Clerk. Jennifer is grateful to work with the media outreach of the church and with the children’s and preschool departments.

Mrs. Sarah Yeager

Financial Secretary

Miss Mandy Steward

Child Development Center Director

Miss Pam Morris

Music Assistant


Pam Morris has served as Music Assistant at Providence since November of 1995. In that capacity, she wears many hats, including coordinating the children’s choirs, conducting the Golden Notes (Senior Adult Choir), and assisting with the Church Choir and Providence Singers. Pam also taught elementary music education in the Opelika City School for 25 years before her retirement in 2013. Pam is a native of Hartselle, Alabama and received both the Bachelor of Music Education and the Masters of Music Education from Auburn University. In addition to her work at Providence, Pam also serves as Assistant Conductor for the East Alabama Youth Chorale.

Mrs. Suzanne Harris



A native of Fairfax, Alabama, Suzanne graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. For over 30 years, she has been responsible for accompanying several choirs and ensembles at Providence including Golden Notes Choir, Youth Choir, Providence Singers and the Adult Choir.

Suzanne has been married to Terry Harris for 43 years and they have two grown children.

Mrs. Gayle Smith



Gayle is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. She holds a Master of Music Degree from Auburn University. After teaching in the schools of Florida, Colorado, Opelika, and Auburn, she retired from full-time teaching in 2006 and taught part-time at Chattahoochee Valley Community College until 2015. Gayle is the director of Alabama Singing Women, the state Baptist choir for women, and the founding director of the East Alabama Children’s Choir.

She and her husband, Tom, are celebrating 52 years of marriage. They have two married children and six grandchildren. Their family has been active at Providence for forty-six years. She is the Discipleship leader and interim organist at Providence.