Rev. Keith Elder | Senior Pastor
A native of North Georgia and graduate of Jacksonville State University, Keith Elder began his ministry in 1978 as a youth director. After five years at Huffman United Methodist Church (UMC) in Birmingham, he headed to Atlanta and Candler School of Theology where he and his wife, Jean, continued in youth ministry — this time at Snellville UMC. After receiving his Masters of Divinity degree, Keith traveled the Southeast as a retreat and conference resource person, speaking, performing, and writing theme songs for churches, civic groups, and special events. From 1989–2010, Keith served a total of four pastoral appointments. In June 2010, he had the opportunity to go on sabbatical leave to work on his musical gifts — writing, producing, and performing in a broad range of settings. After five years living in the far reaches of Franklin, Tenn., Keith and Jean were refreshed and ready to take on the challenge of a new pastoral appointment. So, when the North Alabama Conference called and said, "Have we got a special appointment for you! Are you familiar with The Church at Cahaba Bend?" they were more than ready to come.
Ben Williams | Worship Arts Leader
Ben Williams is a native of Sylacauga, AL, a graduate of the University of Alabama, a graphic designer by trade, a husband, a father, a life-long United Methodist, and a believer in Christ! Ben leads in the worship arts (music, visual arts, etc.) by encouraging others to worship! On staff since Cahaba Bend's beginning, Ben guided the worship team from the simplicity of praise choruses accompanied by acoustic guitar in the pastor's living room, to current Sunday mornings with a fullband and a variety of opportunities for engaging in worship. In all worship settings, his and the worship team's goal is to provide a comfortable atmosphere in which people encounter Christ.
Brenda Rimmer | Children's Ministry Director
Brenda Rimmer grew up in small towns across Alabama as the daughter of a United Methodist minister and graduated from Huntingdon College before moving to Birmingham. She has been a volunteer in Children’s Ministry since she and her family joined CCB in 2005. She worked for CCB as the Church Administrator and Financial Secretary until she felt God nudging her towards a position of leadership with the Children’s ministry area in 2014. She loves working with the children here at Cahaba Bend and knows that her success as a leader is rooted in a strong volunteer base.
Ashley Laird | YOUTH MINISTRY LEADER
Ashley led the Children's Ministry through tremendous change when The Church at Cahaba Bend was meeting at Helena Intermediate School and in the first year in our current facility. She stepped away from the position to be mom to Brant, and later Wyn. Both Lairds, Matthew and Ashley, have deep roots in the history of Cahaba Bend, and have provided vital leadership over the years.
DAVID SOREANO | DIRECTOR OF LAY MINISTRIES
David Soreano was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in the United Methodist Church. At a young age David was very involved in ministries provided by Cokesbury United Methodist Church. David, wife Erin, and their children, Caleb and Alice, have been in Helena since 2013 and, drawn by the family atmosphere, became very involved at CCB shortly thereafter. Besides worship and Sunday morning small groups, David has been very involved in CCB Men’s Ministry (monthly fellowships, workdays, Men’s Book Studies) and has dived-in wherever possible on other church-wide fellowship and service opportunities. Having such a positive, firsthand experience of CCB, David looks forward to helping others find their place in ministry as well.
maggie bell | nursery coordinator
Maggie and her husband Kevin and children Matthew, Jake, and Tucker have lived in Helena for 12 years. They have attended the Church at Cahaba Bend for the same length of time. While serving as a member of CCB, Maggie felt called to help develop a preschool in our church to serve our community. With CCB building a new church, Maggie developed and served as the Director of the Day School at Cahaba Bend for 10 years.
As her boys grew, along with their appetites and need for more space, Maggie and her husband felt it was time to return to teaching full time.
But her love for caring for small children is always a part of her heart. When the opening for a nursery coordinator opened she felt called to help CCB in another capacity while working toward getting back to teaching.