Leadership

Bishop Donnie F Sanders JR | Lead Pastor

Pastor Sanders grew up in North Jefferson County, and following graduation from Mortimer Jordan High School, moved to Pensacola, Florida, where he met and married the love of his life, Cari. In 2013, they were blessed with their “miracle child,” Gavin.

Donnie’s ministry began in 2000 at the Lynnwood Church of God (later renamed ChristWay Church) as student pastor. After several ministry stops along the way, including a successful stint as Lead Pastor at Cross Roads Church in Bay Minette, Pastor Donnie returned to ChristWay Church in August 2014.

The Lord placed a love for ChristWay in Pastor Donnie, and his return was the first step toward realizing the vision God gave him for the church. In 2017, following the successful long-term pastorate of Reverend Freddy Bryant, Pastor Sanders assumed the role of Lead Pastor. Under his leadership and the favor of God, ChristWay Church continues to flourish.

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Quote or verse you live by
John 10:18

Jonathan White | Associate/Worship Pastor

Jonathan and Breanna have served at ChristWay Church since 2016. They have two young girls, Brynleigh and Amelia. Jonathan received his Bachelor Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Lee University.

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Quote or verse you live by
Psalm 37:25

Favorite Book
Greater by Steven Furtick

Favorite Movie
The Marvel Movies

Favorite Sports Team
Alabama football, Duke basketball, Braves baseball

Favorite Local Restaurant
Buffalo Wild Wings

On the weekends you’ll find me?
Spending time with my family outside.

Rodney Ragland | Children’s Pastor

Rodney and Brandie have served as Children’s Pastors at ChristWay since 1999. Both have master’s degrees in education and both have over 20 years of experience working in the Alabama public school system.

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Quote or verse you live by
Colossians 3:23

Favorite Book
Lead, for God’s Sake by Todd Gongwer

Favorite Movie
Moana

Favorite Sports Team
Atlanta Braves

Favorite Local Restaurant
Carrabbas

On the weekends you’ll find me…
Camping, running, checking on my bees, or playing disc golf.

Jeremy White | Administrative Pastor

Jeremy and Holli have been associated with ChristWay Church since 2018. They serve in the role of Administrative Pastor. They have two children, Todd, and Emma Lynn.

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Quote or verse you live by
Psalm 46:10

Favorite Movie
The Lion King

Favorite Sports Team
Golden State Warriors

Favorite Local Restaurant
Outback

On the weekends you’ll find me?
Working outside, playing golf, or enjoying the day with my family!

Abbey Warren | Ministries Coordinator

Abbey has been attending ChristWay since 2007 and started as Ministries Coordinator in 2022. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Athens State University. She has a heart for service and is a blessing to everyone she meets!

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Quote or verse you live by
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Favorite Movie
Tangled

Favorite Sports Team
Atlanta Braves

Favorite Local Restaurant
Taco Mama

On the weekends you’ll find me?
With friends and family.

Grayson Warren | Student Pastor

Grayson has been attending ChristWay since 2007, and he and Halie have been Student Pastors since 2024. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Discipleship Ministry from Lee University. 

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Quote or verse you live by
2 Thessalonians 1:11

Favorite Movie
Glory Road

Favorite Sports Team
Memphis Grizzlies

Favorite Local Restaurant
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

On the weekends you’ll find me?
Sleeping in and watching sports.

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