Dr. Gene Cornett – Teaching Elder/ Pastor
Gene is originally from Cumberland, KY, located in the southeastern part of the state. He has been married to Kathleen (Kat) Barnes since 1985 and they have three children: Will is married and serves as a Children’s Pastor in Chesapeake; Hannah is married; and Noelle, whom they adopted from China in November 2008.Gene has served churches in Kentucky, Texas, and Virginia. Before coming to Bethany Place in January 2012, Gene served as the Senior Associate Pastor and Minister of Music at Seaford Baptist Church in Seaford, Virginia, from 1996-2011, and also as their Transitional Senior Pastor from 2008 to 2010. He has been a Board Member of Global Mosaic International since 2005 and has been on mission teams to Jaigon, India and the Dominican Republic.Gene earned his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, in 1989, and his Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC, in 2011. In addition, he has a Bachelor of Music Education from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY.
Dr. Ben Haygood – Discipleship & Administration Elder
Dr. Haygood was called to Bethany Place in 1997. Ben’s family includes his wife of 30 years, Carol, and his daughter and son, Ashley and David. Ben received his undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University, his master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree through Liberty University. Prior to joining our Church family, he served on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, as well as churches in Tennessee and Florida.
Wes Dunnavant -Music Director
Wes Dunnavant began serving at Bethany Place as Church Pianist in the Fall of 2009 and assumed full leadership of the music ministry beginning in January of 2015. He directs the praise team and adult choir weekly in rehearsals and in Sunday morning worship. Wes holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. When he’s not at Bethany Place, you can find Wes supporting and coaching Chesterfield educators in his role as a Technology Integrator for Chesterfield County Public Schools.
Jessica – Ministry Coordinator
Jessica began serving at Bethany Place in February 2017. She helps to serve the church through communication and outreach between ministries. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor’s Degree from UNC-Charlotte. Jessica has lived overseas for two years between Undergrad and Grad School. She served with the International Mission Board in the North Africa and Middle East Region.