APBC is led by a plurality of elders. We believe the New Testament affirms two offices in the local church, elders and deacons. Our elders serve together to shepherd APBC by teaching the Word of God, leading and equipping the church for ministry, providing pastoral care, and praying for the church. 

*We believe the New Testament uses three terms interchangeably to describe one office. Elder, overseer, and pastor.

  • Don gale

    Don began serving as an elder of Audubon Park Baptist Church on March 25, 2018. A primary area of ministry Don gives oversight to is the music of the church. Don is involved in helping lead our congregation toward singing Christ honoring songs when we gather for worship. He became a Christian in college, and soon thereafter was discipled by his pastor who taught him the doctrines of the Christian faith. Don earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Memphis, as well as a Master's in English. He works full time in Finance at Fedex. He's married to Megan, and they have four children, Eden, Owen, Henry, and Judson. 

  • rich shadden

    Rich began serving as senior pastor of Audubon Park Baptist Church on October 9, 2011. Dr. Shadden's primary responsibilities include preaching/teaching, vision casting, pastoral residency training, and the day to day administrative responsibilities of the church. By God's grace, he became a follower of Jesus when he was 16 years old. Dr. Shadden holds a M.Div. from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Mid-America. He also teaches as an adjunct professor of theology for the Bethlehem College & Seminary Memphis Extension that meets at APBC. He and his wife Kristy have four children, Luke, Eliza, Isaac, and Silas.