Pastors & Staff

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Brian Bradford

Lead Pastor

Brian Bradford is the founding and lead pastor of Rocket City Church. He is married to Shannon, and they have three kids, ranging from elementary to high school age. They met while living in West Michigan, and now, they love calling north Alabama home. A native of Louisiana, Brian loves rooting for his favorite Cajun sports teams, eating fresh seafood, and drinking good coffee. He has been the lead pastor at churches in Texas and Illinois, and he has his doctorate degree in organizational leadership. Brian and Shannon love watching God move in the lives of the people at Rocket City Church and seeing people come to know and follow Jesus in transformational ways.

Jonathan Cowger

Worship Director

Jonathan has had a passion to serve the local church in many different roles over the past 12 years, from preaching, production, leading worship, and simply handing out a cup of coffee when guests walk in the door. He says, "There is just something incredible about being able to witness someone give their life to Jesus and see their life change forever." If he's not chasing his daughter around the house or hanging with his wife, you can catch him on his guitar, playing with the latest in tech, enjoying a video game, cooking up a new food recipe he saw on YouTube, or grabbing some coffee with friends.

Rachel Hughes

Operations Director

Rachel and her husband Mitchell moved to Huntsville at the end of 2019 after he finished his Ph.D. in physics. She spent 7 years in manufacturing as a chemical engineer, mostly in project management and process development. She has since redirected those skills towards building the Church. When she's not at RCC or writing, you can find her taking pictures of her 4 cats, puttering around her garden, or making music.

Amberlee Peterson

Kids Ministry Director

Amberlee is a Madison City native, so the Rocket City is near and dear to her heart. She is married to Brandon, who also grew up in this area, in March of 2012. They moved away for several years, but they love Madison so much that they returned in 2018. Together, they have 3 beautiful children: Carter, Carson, and Cora Mae. She grew up in church and gave her life to Christ at the age of 8. She is passionate about leading kids and adults to Jesus and His abundant grace. Child-like faith always strengthens her faith. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her close friends, watching a classic kids movie with her kiddos, going on dates with the hubs, and decor shopping. Amberlee loves any shade of blue, chocolate, and cookies. Fall is her favorite season because of pumpkin spice, chili, and, of course, SEC football.

Mary Elizabeth Keith

Assistant Kids Ministry Director

Mary Elizabeth and her husband have lived in five cities and three different states in the last six years and they are so incredibly happy to finally call Huntsville and Rocket City Church their forever home!
Over the past ten years, she's worked and volunteered in the church in many different capacities. Helping others grow in their faith and being in Christian community is the calling God has placed on her life. Whether it be through administrative work, community engagement, planning mission trips, serving food to those in need, leading groups, or helping plan a vibrant Kids Ministry, she's all in for whatever God decides He needs her to do.
When she's not working or volunteering, she's traveling with her wonderful husband Gregory, hiking with her dog Lilly, or cuddled up watching a new show with her cat Bailey. Those three always keep her busy and entertained!

Ryan Rhoades

Youth Ministry Director

Ryan moved from upstate New York to Madison, AL in the year 2000, where he attended Bob Jones High School and was a 7-time state champion in swimming. He took an athletic scholarship to the University of Tennessee in 2003 and qualified for Olympic Trials there. In subsequent years Ryan would be called to work in the field of addiction counseling, after finding freedom in Christ from his own struggles. He took on a position with S2L as a Peer Recovery Specialist and became a certified Biblical Counselor through North Alabama Biblical Counseling. Ryan now enjoys adventures with his wife, Nancy, and son, Levi; racing endurance sports; and playing the piano- all to the glory of God.

Shannon Komm

Ministry Specialist

Shannon moved to Madison from Vidalia, GA, in 2021. She is married to Daniel and has 2 kids, Asher and Ashlyn. She has a bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies from Brewton-Parker College and has worked in ministry for over 20 years in every area from being a worship leader, to a youth director, to a small group leader. Shannon loves spending time with friends, coffee, traveling, Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons, and her dog, Lady.

Shannon Bradford

Events Coordinator

Shannon Bradford loves her husband, Brian, and their 3 kids, Halle, Lily, and Titus.  You can find her grabbing coffee with friends, eating pizza, organizing anything, shopping, or just having fun!  When she's not planning events or energetic games to get people out of their comfort zone, she's finishing her MBA, selling houses, and making people feel at home!

Grace Vandermark


Grace moved to the Madison area in the summer of 2017 from Tucson, AZ. She was a junior in high school then and not excited to be leaving the city she grew up in. However, things turned out much better than she thought they would! Grace is now a senior in college, studying Marketing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She gave her life to Christ around seventeen years old when the truth finally clicked in her mind. She has a major sweet tooth and adores anything cute. In her free time she loves to write, go hiking, visit historical sites and hang out with friends.