About Us

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Danny Courson

Danny has been our Pastor since February 2004. He graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education. He also attended seminary at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, earning both a Master of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry degree. 

Danny and his wife, Rhonda have been married since 1989. Rhonda teaches Language Arts at Nichols-Lawson Middle School. Danny and Rhonda have three children, Samuel, Timothy, and Ruthie, plus two dogs, and one cat.

In his free time, Danny likes playing keyboards, and ukulele, writing songs, playing with technology, fishing, and SEC football.

Danny has a passion for missions and in his time at Odena has led us to sponsor two mission churches, as well as take part in numerous mission trips and projects locally, throughout the U.S. and overseas.

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Josh Piper

Josh joined the Odena Staff in January, 2016 as Associate Pastor for Youth and Outreach. He and his wife Sarah were married in November 2015. Sarah is an elementary school teacher, while Josh serves in full-time ministry. They have a mixed marriage with Sarah being an Alabama fan, from Alabama. Josh is from Louisiana and is an LSU fan.

Josh is working to complete the Master of Arts in Christian Education, with an emphasis in Youth Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Josh and Sarah have both worked with Youth Ministry for several years in Alabama, Tennessee, and Louisiana. They have both served multiple times on staff with Fuge Camps by Lifeway. We are excited to have them join our church family!

Anneliese Varnado

Anneliese is our Church Secretary, Church Clerk, Office Manager, Ministry Assistant, etc. She keeps us organized and functioning. If you need information, Anneliese is the go-to person. If she doesn't know the answer, she will help you find the answer. We are glad to have her to keep us on track.

Dolores Catchings

Dolores serves as both our Pianist and our Choir Director. She has been a part of Odena's Music Ministry most of her life. She loves to sing and play and lead others to praise the Lord. She works with both our Adult and Children's Choirs. If you want to make a joyful noise, then Dolores is your contact person.