Pastors & Staff

Dr. Brian Trapp

Senior Pastor

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. Mike Dannel

Executive and Worship Pastor

Rev. Mike Dannel is in his 42nd  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

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,  College, and Media Ministries . He is a graduate of Lee University Class of 2018 and is pursuing his seminary degree through Clear Creek Baptist Bible College. 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

Kevin Gentry

Administrative Assistant 

Kevin Gentry serves as the Administrative and Media Assistant.  He is a graduate of McMinn County High School. He is excited to be able to serve the Kingdom of God through his skills in graphic design and media production.

Kevin joined the team of East Athens in February of 2022.

Email: eabcoffice@gmail.com

Mary Ann Price

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: eabckids1928@gmail.com 

Thomas Burnstein


Juanita Scarbrough


Pam Wilburn