Staff Team


Kristen Campbell - Director of Worship Arts

Kristen became the Director of Worship Arts in October of 2017!


B.A. in Marketing - Huntingdon College


Kristen was born and raised in Trussville, AL.  She was trained in classical voice both in Alabama and New York and sang and danced around the country with Broadway shows for 8 years.  God redirected her path a number of years ago as she started to lead traditional and contemporary worship in churches around Birmingham.  She is married to Jon Campbell and mother of twins, Samuel and Rosemary. Kristen loves the opportunity to share the message of Jesus through song.

Her hope for Ross Bridge is to be a family of worship and prayer.  

Kristen believes that corporate and personal worship prepare our hearts to receive the Word of God and she works to provide an atmosphere to worship through Spirit led music done with excellence. 


Rev. Dr. Nathan Carden - Lead Pastor


Biblical Preaching, Casting Vision, Caring for the Hurting and Leading our Staff Team. 

Nathan Carden became the pastor of the Church at Ross Bridge in July 2017.


B.S. in Communication Studies, Trevecca Nazarene University

M.A. in Religion (Theological Studies), Trevecca Nazarene University

M.Div., Vanderbilt Divinity School

D.Min. in Preaching, Asbury Theological Seminary


A native of Andalusia, AL, Nathan grew up in Alabama and Georgia as the son of a minister. He has worked in churches in FL and TN prior to moving to the Birmingham area in 2010. He is married way out of his league to Kameron, his girlfriend from high school, and they have three spirited children, J. Henry (10), Amelia (7) and Hanna (6). When not at work he can be found herding children, fishing, trying to build things and reading. 

Nathan is fulfilled when helping people find the peace and purpose that only comes through Jesus Christ. He says, "Church is never easy since it's made up of messy and broken people. But Jesus changes and uses ordinary people to live a better story - God's story. And I can't imagine being a part of anything better than that."


Melanie Davenport - Bridge Kids Assistant

Melanie has been with the Church at Ross Bridge since the beginning!


Melanie was born and raised in Alexander City, Alabama, graduating from Benjamin Russell high school. She went on to  attend the University of Alabama - Birmingham. 

Melanie's greatest blessings in life are her son Connor (21) and daughter Lana (14).
She writes, "I am privileged to work with children in many capacities, including work in children's ministry for 15 years. During the week I work with children who have special needs at Hall Kent and I also teach dance at CorkyBell.  Working with children is truly a gift, I am honored and thankful for every minute I have with them. My hope and wish for our church is that we are able to provide an environment for our children where they feel safe, loved, taught and encouraged to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ."

Jessica Lane - Life Groups Coordinator

Jessica has been with the Church at Ross Bridge since February 2018!


B.A. in Broadcast Communications - Milligan College

M.A. in Christian Ministries (in progress) - Asbury Theological Seminary


Jessica is a native of Savannah, GA where she enjoyed in-shore, saltwater fly fishing for many years.  She worked in various capacities of the broadcast television industry for 13 years, which is how she met her husband, Brent.  They have two textbook definition extravert children, daughter Scottie (9) and son Ivey (7).

Jessica has a background in ministry, particularly Adult Small Group Studies and working with seekers and new members.  She has a passion for discipleship and hopes to draw the world to Christ in new and creative ways here at CARB.

When Jessica is not absorbed in her seminary studies, she and Bono (their 3 yr old lab mix) are hiking the trails and streams this beautiful area has to offer, living into her Italian roots by entertaining out of Gramma Rose Agnes Marie Forlano's handwritten recipes and making meaningful connections among would-be strangers with humor and intention.  She writes, "For me, there is no lens through which I could ever view this life that could possibly filter out our Maker and our Mission."

Rev. John Mount - Pastor for Congregational Care


Rev. John Mount helps take the church to those who are sick, homebound and in assisted living, in addition to assisting in general pastoral duties. 

Rev. Mount became our Pastor for Congregational Care in June 2018!


B.A. in Religion, Samford University

M.Ed. in Administration, University of Montevallo

A.A. (Educational Specialist), UAB

D. Ed. Studies at University of Alabama

Seminary Studies, Southern Theological Seminary

Seminary Studies, Candler School of Theology, Emory University 


A native of Birmingham, AL, Pastor John Mount has pastored churches for over 50 years and led mission trips around the world. He retired from the Church at Ross Bridge in June 2017. He and his wife Wanda have been married for over 45 years, and they have three daughters and six grandchildren. 


Jonathan Punt - Bridge Students & Camp Connect


B.A. in Religion (in-progress), Samford University


Jonathan is a Senior Religion major at Samford and a native of Tavares, FL. He is an honor student who plans on pursuing his M.Div. at Duke Divinity school beginning in fall of 2020. Jonathan works with our 6-12th grade Bridge Students, assists in special projects, and is directing our brand new Camp Connect summer program.


Carrie Thayer - Administrative Coordinator

Carrie joined the Church at Ross Bridge staff team in January 2018!


B.A. of Journalism & Mass Communication - University of Oklahoma

J.D. - University of Mississippi


Carrie is an “Air Force brat” and grew up all over the United States. She and her husband, Richie, have lived in Birmingham since 2006 and have three children – Mary Marshall (10), Charlie (8), and Sam (3). In her downtime, Carrie enjoys decorating her home, exercising and spending time with friends and family.

Carrie hopes to use her experience of organization and administration to help create a close-knit spiritual community.