About Us

Shepherds’ Profiles

Rev. Ron L. Spradley, Pastor Emeritus – Tennessee

Rev. Steve Williams Jr., Pastor– Tennessee

Rev. Brandon Spradley, Pastor – Alabama

Rev. Cortney Rose – Alabama


Rev. Ronald L. Spradley and Cynthia L. Spradley have been married for 30+ years and are the parents of two daughters and five grandchildren (one deceased).

The Spradleys moved to Collierville, Tennessee in 2002 and joined New Shelby M. B. Church. Shortly after coming to Collierville, Rev. Spradley was called into the ministry. On November 23, 2003 he preached his first sermon (received license); May 23, 2004 (ordained at New Shelby M. B. Church); December 10, 2004 (received a Certificate in Biblical Studies from Crichton College School of Bible & Theology). On March 6, 2005 Rev. Spradley reached another milestone (established the Covenant of Grace Ministries located at 300 W. Powell Rd.; Collierville, TN).

Profile of Rev. Ron Spradley

B.S. 1979 Alabama A&M University; Huntsville, AL; Major- Timber Harvesting Management
MBA 1982 Alabama A&M University; Huntsville, AL; Concentration- Finance
Certificate 1993 Louisiana State University – Business Management
Certificate 1999 Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business-Marketing
Certificate 2004 Crichton College School of Bible & Theology, Memphis Center of Urban & Theological Studies;Major- Biblical Studies 3.87 GPA on 4 point scale

Courses Completed

Old Testament Survey Bible Interpretation
Christian Life Doctrine Philosophy for Theologians
New Testament Survey Old Testament Studies
Christian World View Lives of Great Missionaries
Biblical Inspiration & God Spiritual Formation


Theological – New Shelby M. B. Church; Collierville, TN
2003-2005 Associate Minister
2002-2005 Director Men?s Ministry; Sunday School & Bible Study Teacher
2004-2005 Director Youth Ministry

International Paper Company (1983-2006); Various Locations
2002-2006 Integration Lead, Project EDGE – Fiber Supply; Memphis, TN
2000-2002 Manager Supply Chain, Forest Resources Division; Savannah, GA
1997-2000 Supply Chain Manager, Decorative Products Division; Baltimore, MD
1995-1997 Plant Manager, Decorative Products Division; Tarboro, NC
1992-1995 Manager Forest Logging & Fiber Supply; South Central Region; Canton, MS
1987-1992 Manager Maintenance & Engineering Services; South Central Region, Natchez, MS
1983-1987 Logging Systems Analyst; South Central Region; Natchez, MS

Alabama A&M University (1981-1983); Huntsville, AL
1981-1983 Coordinator/Instructor, Forest Operations Management Program
Courses Taught: Timber Harvesting Techniques; Logging Manager’s Field Course; Logging Equipment Selection; Forest & Timber Products; Forest Resource Economics; Special Problems in Timber Harvesting
1980-1981 Research Forester, Forest Operations Management Program

Special Recognition
Alabama A&M University; Huntsville, AL
Member, Alpha Zeta Fraternity (Honorary Academic Society for Agricultural Students)
2001 Alumnus of the Year, School of Agriculture
2003 Student Pioneer Award

Profile of Cynthia L. Spradley

Cynthia has served in various capacities in churches around the country primarily working with youth ages 2-13.

Mt. Carmel M. B. Church – (Rocky Mount, NC)
Assistant Secretary
Established and Directed Children’s Church (ages 3-13)

Rising Sun M. B. Church – (Baltimore, MD)
Teacher (ages 7-12)

Connor’s Temple – (Savannah, GA)
Assisted with VBS and other programs as needed.

New Shelby M. B. Church – (Collierville, TN)
Assistant Director Women’s Ministries
Bible Study & Youth Ministry Teacher (ages 8-13)
Nursery Assistant (ages 2-7)
Events Coordinator (Christian Development Center)


Profile of Brandon Spradley

Rev. Brandon and Camilla Spradley have been married since August 2014 and currently live in Mobile, Alabama. In 2014, Rev. Spradley received his call to the ministry at Greater Pine Grove AME Church. One year later, Covenant of Grace Ministries expanded to the state of Alabama, where Rev. Brandon and Camilla Spradley are Pastor and First Lady, respectively.

6/8/14- Received License to Preach at Covenant of Grace
Ministries (Collierville, TN)
1/18/14- Ordained at Covenant of Grace Ministries
(Mobile, AL)

BS 2009- The University of Alabama; Tuscaloosa, AL – Major- Kinesiology
MA 2011- The University of Alabama; Tuscaloosa, AL – Major- Human Performance
EdD 2014- United States Sports Academy; Daphne, AL – Major- Sport Management, Leadership
Dissertation- Concussion Awareness and Education

United States Sports Academy; Daphne, AL
Department of Academics
2014 – Present- Director of Continuing Education
2011- 2014 – Doctoral Teaching Fellow/Undergraduate

Greater Pine Grove AME Church; Mobile, AL
2012-2013- Bible Study Teacher
2012-2013- Youth Speaker

Special Recognition
United States Sports Academy
2013- Certificate of Merit- Malaysia Ministry of Education
2012- Certificate of Appreciation
2011- Jimmy Carnes Scholarship Award
The President’s List

The University of Alabama
2010- Paul W. Bryant Student-Athlete Finalist
2008- United States Track and Field Academic All-American
The National Dean’s List
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Golden Key Club Honor Society


Profile of Steve Williams, Jr.

Steve Williams, Jr. Steve and Londa Williams have been married since August 1998 and currently live in Memphis, TN. They have 2 sons (Kendrick and Trey), 1 daughter in law (Erica), and 2 granddaughters (Khaylin and Kensey).

The Williams Family moved to Memphis, TN in February 2004 and joined New Shelby Missionary Baptist Church, Collierville, TN. The Williams family became members of Covenant of Grace Ministries Collierville, TN in March 2005. Steve accepted the role of Praise and Worship Leader in July 2005 and also served as Youth Bible Study and Sunday School Teacher. Steve later became a deacon in April 2009. On July 26, 2015, Steve officially announced his call to preach glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and was licensed September 6, 2015 at Covenant of Grace Ministries where he will be under the mentorship of Senior Pastor Rev. Ron L. Spradley.
B.S. 1998 Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA; Major- Chemical Engineering
MBA 2005 University of Phoenix; Concentration- Marketing

Theological Experience
Covenant of Grace Ministries, Collierville, TN (2005-Present)
- Praise and Worship Leader
- Youth Bible Study Teacher
- Youth and Adult Sunday School Teacher

New Shelby Missionary Baptist Church, Collierville, TN (2004-2005)
- Men Chorus Member
- Youth Ministry Teacher Faith United Methodist Church, Shreveport, LA (1999-2004)
- Praise Team Member
- Administrative Board Chair (2001-2003)

International Paper Company (1999-Present); Various Locations
2007-Present, Center of Excellence Process Steward Manufacturing/Deliver; Memphis, TN
2005-2007 Distribution Project Manager, Global Supply Chain Operations; Memphis, TN
2004-2005 Supply Chain Business Analyst, Supply Chain Operating Model Project; Baltimore, MD
2002-2004 Process Manager, Primary Products; Mansfield, LA
1999-2002 Process Engineer; Mansfield, LA
Texaco, Inc. (1998-1999) New Orleans, LA
1998-1999 Asset Engineer, Onshore South West Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

Special Recognition
2014 International Paper’s Chairman’s Recognition for Excellence
2013 Supply Chain Operations Excellence Award
2013 Toastmaster District Winner for Table Topics & Humorous Speech Contest
2005 Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Louisiana State University


Profile of Cortney Rose

Cortney and Dinesha married in May 2013 and currently reside in Mobile, Alabama. Early 2015, Cortney accepted his call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and was licensed April 26, 2015 at Covenant of Grace (COG) Ministries Alabama where he will be under the mentorship of Pastor Brandon D. Spradley and Senior Pastor Ron L. Spradley (COG Tennessee).

Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (University of South Alabama; Mobile, AL)
Currently works as a teacher (John Will Elementary School; Mobile, AL).

Spiritual Experience:
2014—Bible Study and Youth Sunday School Teacher (Pine Grove AME Church; Mobile, AL)
2015— Sunday School Teacher (Covenant of Grace Ministries; Mobile, AL).