Ministry Staff

Jeff Walling
Dennis and Sherie Conner

Body Life and Preaching Minister

Dennis and his first wife, Terre, came to Brooks Ave. in 2006. They were married for 35 years before Terre went home to be with her Father in 2010, following an 11 year journey with cancer. They have a son and two grandchildren. After a friendship of 37 years, Dennis and Sherie Lutz were married on November 5, 2011. Dennis graduated from Lipscomb University in 1975.
His past ministry includes the Warner’s Chapel Church of Christ (Clemmons, NC as associate minister, 1976-1977), and the Yadkinville Church of Christ (Yadkinville, NC, minister, 1979-2006). He has served on the boards of the Yadkin Arts Council and Carolina Christian Publications, Inc. and was editor of Carolina Christian Magazine for 12 years. He is currently on the board of Carolina Bible Camp and Retreat Center and directs Senior Week at CBC. Through his ministry Dennis seeks to move others toward conformity into the image of Christ by proclaiming and modeling love for God and love for neighbor.

Brian Cunningham

Campus Minister

Brian Cunningham was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. He was born again in March 1989. Afterwards, he graduated from Minor High School in 1994 and from the University of Alabama in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. While in college, Brian overcame a life-threatening injury and was able to live out his childhood dream of playing football for the Crimson Tide. In 1997 he led the team in scoring for the season along with being elected team captain for the annual Alabama-Tennessee game. After working many years in the corporate and private sectors, Brian felt the call to ministry and answered it by coming to the Brooks Ave. Family. His passions are reaching the lost and seeing students grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus. Currently, Brian is enrolled at Biola University earning his Master’s Degree in Christian Studies/Apologetics.


Youth Minister

Jeremy Geurin was born and raised in Benton, Arkansas. Although he was very active in theater arts during high school, Jeremy felt God calling him to ministry. After graduating from Harding University in 2003 with a degree in Youth and Family Ministry, Jeremy spent time serving as the youth minister in Lake Charles, Louisiana and Houston, TX. His wife, Aubri, whom he met at Harding, shares his passion for ministry to teens and has spent many years working alongside him. Jeremy’s personal mission statement is to become all things to all teens and their families so that he might save as many as possible (adapted from I Corinthians 9:19-23). Currently, Jeremy is enrolled at Lipscomb University earning his Master’s of Arts in Christian Practice. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys hunting, reading (especially Marvel comic books), watching movies, and family time with his wife and son Jackson.


Special Needs Ministry Coordinator

Melinda Oldham has been serving as the coordinator of the Special Needs Ministry since October 2006. She originally served as a volunteer, until December 2010 when the elders at Brooks Avenue decided to create a part-time staff position to advance the goals of the ministry. The special needs population in Wake and surrounding communities is huge due to the tremendous services that are offered in this area. Melinda is always looking for ways to serve, provide useful resources, educate, and generally support those who are affected by special needs, whether at Brooks Avenue, or in the community. Melinda was born in Winston-Salem, NC in 1980 and attended Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. She was married to Jason Oldham in 2003 and they have two sons, Tyler (born in December 2007) and Jackson (born in December 2010).


Urban Outreach Coordinator

Amy Otto has been serving the Urban Outreach Ministry here at Brooks since 2011, first as a volunteer and now as the Urban Outreach Coordinator.  In January, 2013, the elders made the decision to create a part-time ministry position to help coordinate the efforts of the Urban Outreach Ministry.  Amy was born in Point Pleasant, West Virginia and moved to Louisiana when she was 14.  From there, she moved to Richmond, Virginia where she met her husband, Nick Otto.  They have been married 25 years and have two children.  Emily, who is 20 and attending the Savannah College of Art and Design and Erik, who is 18 and attending the College of Engineering at UNCC.  Amy has an associated degree in legal assisting and a bachelor’s degree in Christian counseling.