Elders

Christ Community Church is an elder-led church, in accordance to 1 Tim. 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5. The elders are Dennis WilliamsDr. Walton PadelfordChris Johnson, and Ben Williams.

Dennis Williams

Elder CCC | Organizing Pastor of CCC Jan. 15, 1995 | Ordained Sept. 7, 1986

Wife: Carolyn Williams

  • Dual Vocational Ministry for over 25 years
  • Previously served congregations as Communications Minister, Youth Minister, Pastor
  • Began pastorate with Trinity Bible Church, Jackson, TN 1994
  • Trinity Bible Church merged with Parkway Community Church to form CCC Jan. 15, 1995

Walton Padelford

Wife: Kathryn Netherland
Children: Sarah and Anne Marie

Walton has been employed at Union University in Jackson since 1980 teaching economics.  He is currently University Professor of Economics.  He served as Interim Dean for the McAfee School of Business from 2001 through June, 2004. Before teaching at Union, the Padelfords served as staff members with Campus Crusade for Christ in the U.S. and Latin America.  He has traveled and taught extensively in Latin America.

  • B.S. Economics from Mississippi College, 1970
  • M.S. Economics from Louisiana State University, 1972
  • Ph.D. Economics from L.S.U. , 1975

Kathryn is a hospice nurse with Jackson-Madison General Hospital. Sarah has completed a Masters degree in Education at Union University and currently teaches in Goodlettsville, TN while taking courses at the Nashville School of Law. Her husband is Brian Carr. Anne Marie graduated from Belmont University in piano performance and German.  She currently studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Chris Johnson

Wife: Karen Johnson
Children: Connor, Cameron, Katelyn, and Corban

Chris is an I.T. employee of Union University, where he has worked for eight years.  He has played a role in helping plan and lead the direction of worship at Christ Community Church for several years, contributing to both musical and liturgical planning.  Chris is also a musician and song-writer, and often helps accompany the services musically.  He has also preached and taught in Ethiopia where he has made two mission trips through Indigenous Outreach Intl.

Prior to his time at CCC, his ministry mostly involved preaching and teaching at area churches.  He has also been involved in choral music since an early age and has experience leading choir.

He is a Union University graduate with a B.A. in Religion and History, and also has worked toward a seminary degree.

Ben Williams

Minister of Music | Ordained at Christ Community Church on October 6, 2011

Wife: Janie Williams
Children: Dillon, Isaac, and Samuel

Ben Williams is a freelance graphic designer and has been at Christ Community Church since January of 2002. He has been a musician since his dad taught him a few chords on the guitar when he was in the 6th grade. He has been involved in music ministry throughout his Christian life, which began in 1992 when he accepted Christ at a Carmen concert. Ben moved to Jackson from Dallas, Texas, where he earned his Associates in Applied Science for computer animation from the Art Institute of Dallas. Through a relationship with animator Kirby Atkins, God led Ben to become a part of Christ Community Church in 2002 while he lived in the Sanctuary Home with Brian and Cindy Denker, and began leading music at CCC the following September. Ben married Janie Myatt in September of 2005. They have 3 children and a dog named Petey.