Michael Gordon

Michael is married to his wife Kellie and they have three children, Jacob (married to his wife Amie), Kaitlyn, and Tycen. Michael accepted the call to ministry many years ago and has served in various youth roles (director and pastor).

Michael received his AA from Wallace State and his BS from Athens State. Currently he is working on his MA in Student Affairs at the University of West Alabama. Kelli is an RN that travels to several different hospitals in the area.

God has continued to open doors for Michael and his family to minister. They love missions, VBS, and singing, and are always looking for new exciting ways to minister and share God's amazing love while keeping the scripture first and foremost in their lives. Michael believes the church is the hands and feet of God that is meant to reach a lost and dying world. 


Karen Goodwin

Karen is a life-long resident of Oak Grove and was married to Rodney Goodwin for 32 years before he went home to be with the Lord in January of 2017. She was saved in 1978 and has spent a life of service to the Lord as pianist, secretary/treasurer, VBS director and in the Wednesday night children’s ministry at her former church. 

Karen has owned her own business in Bessemer for the past 12 years. She has 4 children, 7 grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

Ezra is blessed to have Karen and her family in our fellowship and blessed to have her servant’s heart in the position of church secretary. 

Youth Minister and Minister of Music

Nathan Kitchens

Nathan is a native of western Kentucky. He has three younger sisters (Rachel, Hannah, and Rebekah) and is the son of Joe and Jeanne Kitchens. His family moved from Kentucky to Hueytown in 2011.

Nathan was saved and baptized at the age of 8 at Concord Baptist in Hopkinsville, KY. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2012, with a degree in political science & economics and a second degree in Hispanic studies. After spending a year in New York and two in Atlanta, he joined his family in Hueytown in order to continue graduate studies at UAB and teach Spanish at Bessemer Academy.

He continues to teach Spanish at Bessemer Academy and is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and full-time M.A. student in the Department of English at UAB. There, Nathan is also the Assistant Director of the University Writing Center and the president of the Christian Grads Fellowship. He is currently working towards a Master of Theological Studies through Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

He now lives in Bessemer and loves the opportunity to impact the lives of young people for their good and God's glory both in school and at church.