Colonial Baptist Church
Thursday, July 25, 2024
A Caring Church with a Growing Spirit

Meet Our Staff

Mark Gentry, Pastor
(Started as pastor at Colonial in January, 2023)
I am originally from Georgia having graduated from Mercer University-BA, Macon, GA (1981) and from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary-MDIV, Memphis, TN (1986).  My wife, Cindy and I were married in 1981 and we have two children and 4 grandchildren.  I have pastored in both Georgia and Texas prior to coming back to Memphis to pastor this church. I also served as a missionary with Training Pastors International (2006-2011).  I am a big Georgia Bulldogs football fan, Atlanta Braves fan and University of Memphis football and basketball fan.
My favorite verse is the last part of Colossians 1:27, "to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."


Randy Bennett, Administrator

Randy was born in Memphis and graduated from Wooddale High School. He and his family attended Cherokee Baptist Church where at 9 years of age Randy made a profession of faith. He attended the University of Memphis where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in management and minor in accounting.

Randy met and married Mary James at Colonial Baptist Church in 1981. They have two children, Ashley (Jordan) Bledsoe, a teacher at Northpoint Christian School and James, a graduate of University of Memphis and works as a audio/visual technician. Randy loves sports, fishing and gardening and spending time with his two granddaughters, Annie Kate and Mary Elizabeth.

Randy worked in the retail supermarket business for 20 years before coming to Colonial Baptist Church as Business Administrator in 1992.

One of Randy’s favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Support Staff
Sandy Murphree, Pianist/Music Associate
Pat Rodgers, Administrative Assistant
Sondra Wright, Administrative Assistant