Brother Mike Shelton


For over 20 years Brother Mike Shelton has been pastoring and shepherding Bellevue Baptist Church. Married to his wife Kimberly, they have raised two boys, Nathan and Daniel. He pastored two other churches prior to Bellevue. Brother Mike’s Doctorate in Divinity comes from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Mike’s heart for Jesus leads Bellevue in its love for the community and each other.

Larry Wakefield

Minister to Senior Adults

Larry and Peggy Wakefield built their retirement home in Bellevue after 34 years of International Mission Board service in Mexico and Guatemala. Larry joined the staff in 2016 to lead the ministry to senior adults which includes the monthly Happy Hearts program. Responsibilities include hospital and rehab visitation as well as outreach to senior adults on the west side of Nashville. Considered an expert in small group ministry, his passion is church planting. Peggy and Larry are avid birdwatchers and enjoy visiting antique shops throughout central Tennessee. Ambos hablan español.

Janet Woodard

Preschool and Children's Coordinator

Janet has been on staff with Bellevue Baptist since 2009 in the Preschool and Children’s Department. Janet has a heart for children as they hear and understand the Bible stories. Janet graduated from Belmont University with two degrees. One degree in Business and one in Early Childhood Education Administration. Janet enjoys music, cooking, golf, taking trips, exploring new places with her husband Gary and two daughters, Emily and Erin.


Gary Woodard

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Gary was raised at Bellevue Baptist and has served in several areas of leadership including deacon ministry, youth ministry and children’s ministry. His heart is filled with joy each time a child understands and accepts the gift of eternal life by placing their faith in Jesus. He and his wife Janet have two wonderful daughters, Emily and Erin. Gary earned his Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Belmont University.

Donna Cowart

Office Administrator

Donna joined the staff of Bellevue Baptist Church in 2007. She has a heart for the ministry and serving the Lord. Donna and her husband Dale have been married thirty-six years, have three children and four grandchildren. She enjoys vacations to the beach or the mountains, going to the YMCA, and most of all, spending time with her family.


Judy Ogle

Ministry Secretary

Judy and her husband Charles are members of Bellevue Baptist Church and Judy works as Ministry Secretary since 2008. Charles and Judy have 3 children and 5 grandchildren and all live in Bellevue.
Judy enjoys spending time with family, reading and a good movie.