Pastors & Staff

Dr. Jim Spencer

Head Pastor

God brought me to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in July 2019. When I was 8 years old at camp, God called me to preach and teach. He has given me this passion, and it's my joy to serve Him. I married my wife, Ethel, in August 1989. We have two beautiful daughters, Shelby and Savannah. I enjoy reading, studying Greek, and studying Hebrew. I love preparing messages that God has laid upon my heart and bringing God's Word to His Church. I also love a good double cheeseburger!

Anthony McCaleb 

Minister of Students and Education Pastor

I have had the privilege of serving at Pleasant Grove since 2006. God called me to ministry at age 17 and gave me a heart to see students accept Jesus as Savior and learn their greatest opportunity to experience joy and peace in life is to let God have control of them. God brought my wife, Michelle, and I together in college and has blessed us with two boys, David and Joshua. I love soft serve ice cream, DIY projects, Tennessee football, music, designing stuff and most of all spending time with my family. God has been so good to me and I am truly thankful for His love and grace that He gives me daily!

Gary Cox

Worship Pastor

I started serving at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in July 2011. My desire is to lift Jesus up by leading our congregation to a deeper, more meaningful time of worship. I married my wife, Debbie, in June 1981. We have been married for 41 years! We have two sons and four grandchildren! Daniel and Garland - their children are Sullivan and Austin. David and Katie - their children are Luke and Emily. Our favorite thing to do is to spend time with our kids, their spouses, and our grandchildren!

Audrey Hissom

Children's Ministry Director

The Lord brought me to Pleasant Grove in October 2023. I love working with children for many reasons, but there is truly nothing like seeing the wonder in their eyes as they learn about Jesus! My passion in ministry is to create a fun and inviting environment for children to learn about God and His Word. I married my best friend, Garrett, in May 2023. When I'm not at PGBC, I enjoy spending time with Garrett and our dogs, having coffee dates with friends, and teaching dance to my sweet students at the dance studio. 

Katie Meyers

Financial Secretary

I have been working at Pleasant Grove since August 2019. I may be the accountant, but I enjoy helping where I can, so if my degree helps in any ministry capacity, not just accounting, I'm happy to do it! I married my husband, Holden, in July 2018 after meeting as missionaries in Haiti. We have two daughters and a son: Reed, Darcie, and Rhett. All of our time these days are spent with our kiddos! We love to go to the park, take lots of walks, and play in the pool during the summer!

Lydia Pratt

Administrative Assistant

I have been working at Pleasant Grove since July 2020, and I enjoy serving alongside the men and women on staff. I married my best friend and love of my life, Josh, in February 2016. We have known each other since the fourth grade! We have two beautiful kids: Jonah and Collins. I love Cherry Coke, Dove milk chocolate, Georgia Football (Go Dawgs!), to read, and play pickleball/basketball. My absolute favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family whether that be watching a movie or going for a walk. Every minute I spend with them is the greatest gift.

Danny Barrett

Facilities Director

I started working at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in August 2016. I married my wife, Stacey, in August 1982. We have two kids and four grandchildren. I enjoy being outdoors, hunting, and fishing. I also really enjoy working on renovation projects and carpentry!