meet Brandon Starnes
Our director of youth & First Light ministries 

Brandon and his wife Dana moved to Athens FMC in July 2022. Brandon and his wife Dana were married in 2006. Brandon is a native of Louisiana and was raised in Wesson, MS, while Dana is a native of Hartselle. Brandon entered full-time Christian ministry in 2006 and has effectively served churches in Mississippi, North Alabama, and Clayton, North Carolina. His passion is to share the gospel of Jesus with everyone. Brandon graduated from William Carey University with a Bachelor's degree. Brandon has also received a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theology Seminary. Brandon is currently enrolled at Wesley Bible Seminary, taking a course of study that he will complete in the fall of 2024.

Brandon has a heart for making disciples and sharing the Gospel with students. Brandon’s favorite things to do in his free time include quality time with family and friends. He loves to tinker on his jeep pickup, and take his two French bulldogs to the park.