Our Team

Our team works together each week to make sure we offer God and this community our love for Him. Our motivation is found each day in telling others the name of Jesus Christ.

Join us as we work together to serve God in the community of Athens!

Dr. Brian Trapp

Senior Pastor

Rev. Mike Dannel is in his 41th  year as Executive and Music Pastor at  East Athens Baptist Church.  His service to the Lord includes the teaching, ministering, and directing all of the choir and handbells programs at East Athens as well as having served as the Youth Minister for 39 years. He graduated  from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1978  and completed course work at Luther Rice Seminary in Christian education. Through his many years of service to the Lord, Mike has led various generations of children, youth, and adult choir and youth members to a further understand of the grace and truth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  


In March of 2011 the church family ordained Mike and called him to serve as Associate Pastor and Minister of Music and Youth, and now serves as the Executive and Worship Pastor.


Mike is married to his wonderful wife Michelle Dannel, and they have two adult children: Matt and Megan. 

Email: jmichealdannel@gmail.com

Dr. Brian Trapp was called to serve as the Senior Pastor at East Athens Baptist Church. He has served churches in both Knoxville and Chattanooga, TN. Brian holds three degrees from three different institutions: Bachelor in Arts from The University of Tennessee (Knoxville), Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY with his and Doctor of Ministry from The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

On July 25, 2021, East Athens called Dr. Brian to serve as the Senior Pastor.


He is married to Melissa (22 Years) and they have three children: Kylie, Emma Kate, and Drew.


Email: pastorbrianctrapp@gmail.com

Rev. Wayne Stowers

Family Pastor

Rev. Wayne Stowers serves as the Family Pastor at East Athens Baptist Church. He serves the Lord through overseeing all Children, Youth, and College Ministries. He is a graduate of Lee University Class of 2018 and is pursuing his seminary degree through Luther Rice College and Seminary. Wayne has served previously as the Student Pastor of First Baptist Church of Decherd, TN., Ministry Coordinator for Child Evangelism Fellowship of the Tennessee Valley, and Youth Pastor of Lebanon Baptist Church in Cleveland, TN.


In September of 2019, East Athens called Wayne to serve as the Family Pastor


Wayne is married to his lovely wife Kaylee Stowers, and they love serving side-by-side in ministry.

Email: PastorWayneStowers@gmail.com

Mrs. Mary Ann Price

EABC Daycare Director

Mrs. Mary Ann Price serves as the Director of the EABC Kids Child Development Center. She has been blessed to have worked for over 26 years with preschool aged children in the Athens City and McMinn County School System, and East Athens is blessed to have her on our ministry team.

Mrs. Mary Ann says, "My family is my greatest treasure on earth." Her two sons, Tyler and Jared, have been a huge blessing in her life along with their respective wives, Amanda and Jamie. She has four beautiful grandchildren: Tucker, Rhyder, Addison, and Analeigh.

Mary Ann has been a part of the East Athens Staff since June of 2019.

Email: RMTJPrice@aol.com



Mrs. Elizabeth Lenderman

Children's Director

Elizabeth was born and raised in Athens, TN and has been a member of East Athens Baptist Church her whole life. After graduating college as a Dental Hygienist in 2009, she began volunteering with the EABC youth group.  A few years later, through God’s divine intervention and an “interim teaching position” in the 4th through 6th grade Sunday school class, she found her calling in Children’s Ministry. She loves getting to know the kids and their families, and watching them grow in the Lord. “Our church really is blessed with some awesome kids!”  Her heart’s desire is for our church to raise up a generation of kids that love the Lord with all their hearts and love others as God loves us. “When I think of Children’s Ministry, I am reminded of 1 John 4:19 ‘We love because He first loved us’ and the old hymn ‘They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love’”. 


Elizabeth is married to  Jason Lenderman and she has 1 step son: Conner.


Email: Liz_012345@yahoo.com

Our Administrative Assistant, Judi Marvin, has over twenty-five years of computer graphic and administrative office support experience. She and her husband, Tom, and son Chase are natives to the state of Michigan.  They have resided in East TN for about 11 years and have made this beautiful area their home.


Her love for the Lord, proficiency, and personal commitment to serve has proven to be a valuable asset to East Athens. 


The pastors, church committees, and members have enjoyed Judi’s sweet spirit and sense of humor. We are all excited to welcome Mrs. Judi Marvin to the East Athens Staff.

Email: EABCOffice@gmail.com

Mr. Thomas Burnstein,


Mrs. Pam Wilburn,


Mrs. Juanita Scarbrough,