Pastors & Staff

Dr. Richard Sego

Lead Pastor

Richard began his ministry at EBC in March 2019. He is originally from Alabama and has served as a pastor for thirty years in several different states. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Religion from the University of Mobile in Mobile, AL, his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX and his Doctorate of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

Our pastor is passionate about verse-by-verse expository preaching as he preaches through books of the Bible. He is also discipleship-focused as well as mission-focused and is leading our church to be the same. He and his wife, Julie, share three lovely daughters from their thirty years of marriage. For enjoyment, you will find him in the outdoors fishing, hunting or in front of the TV on Saturdays in the fall watching college football.

Rodney Bice

Associate Pastor

Pastor Rodney serves as Pastor of Discipleship at Eastanallee Baptist Church. He joined the staff in September 2019. Before joining the staff of EBC, Pastor Rodney served as senior Pastor for 12 ½ years at Bardwell Baptist Church in KY. He has also served churches in Texas and Alabama. He received his MDIV from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Pastor Rodney oversees all things related to the Sunday school “Life-Link” Ministry, Discipleship Ministry, new members and new believers. He also preaches whenever called upon. He enjoys cooking, quail hunting, fishing, hanging out with family and friends, and watching Alabama Football. He and his wife, Pamela, who teaches at Valley Christian Academy, and who directs the Children’s Choir at EBC, are the parents of 4 children: Nathan, Micah, Caleb and Caroline.

Josh Simpson

Youth Pastor

Josh serves as the Student Pastor at Eastanallee Baptist Church. He previously served in the Student Ministry as a leader before stepping in and leading the College Ministry for 2 years before transitioning in as the Student Pastor in 2018. Josh received his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a minor in Youth Ministry from Piedmont International University.

Josh has grown up in Athens and loves small town living. He also enjoys hunting, movies, and LSU football. He has been married to Ramie since June of 2011 and they have 3 amazing children; Noah, Naomi, and Niam who they love dearly.

Stanley Mearse

Children's Pastor

Stanley joined the EBC staff in March 2021 as the Pastor of Children’s Ministry. He is from Mineral Wells, Texas. He earned an Elementary Education Degree from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, TX, then went on to obtain his Masters of Divinity Degree from Southeastern University in Wake Forest, NC.

As a Children’s Pastor and a parent, Stanley feels that it is crucial we reach this generation of children with the truths of the Bible while they are are young, to prepare them for the battles they are already facing in life. It is his prayer and calling to give children a safe, nurturing and relevant environment where they will have every opportunity to learn to follow Christ.

Stanley is married to Lydia and together they have two sons, William and Shawn.  

Terry Patrick

Worship Leader/Administrator

Terry Patrick was called as our full time Worship Pastor in February 2013 after leading EBC’s Music Ministry beginning in September 2012. Terry, originally from Powell, TN, and wife, Nancy, made the move to Riceville is 2006 and joined the membership here at Eastanallee.

Terry’s background includes studying music at Carson-Newman College, singing in numerous choirs and ensembles, directing children’s choirs, and leading praise teams and choirs for several years.

Terry is married to Nancy Patrick (originally from Cleveland, TN) and they have four children; Rebekah, married to Stephen Baker, parents of grandsons Mason, Maxx and Maverick; and Cole, married to Kimi Speegle, parents of Courtland and Cruze, and two younger children, Lola and Deh, who both attend Valley Christian Academy.