Who is South Jeff?
Preaching Minister - Brett Baker:
Brett has been the Preaching Minister of SJCC since August 2006. He has been married to the very beautiful and intelligent Leann for over 25 years, and they have three children: Greg, Brad, and Katelyn; an awesome Siberian Husky dog; and one very surly cat.
Brett grew up in Illinois and attended Lincoln Christian University, then Belmont University, and finally collected enough credits to graduate from Louisville Bible College in 2004. He likes to say he “crammed four years of college into twenty.” He has over 20 years of ministry experience in a broad range of roles including children’s ministry, student ministry, discipleship ministry, church administration, and preaching/teaching.
Brett is a sports fan (especially the Dallas Cowboys, win or lose), and cheers for whoever happens to be playing Duke. His greatest personal enjoyments are watching his kids play sports, listening to contemporary jazz, and 70's/80's "Yacht Rock." Caution: Only ask him what "Yacht Rock" is if watching paint dry is your only other option.
You can contact Brett here
Minister of Outreach and Students - Tom Brown: email@example.com
Tom joined the South Jeff staff in the spring of 2012. His main duties involve oveseeing Village Ministries, the outreach arm of South Jeff. But he also has a passion for students, teaching them to make Christlike choices. He's married to Stacy and has two kids: Madison and Garrett.
A former Marine, Tom is an outdoors-type as well as a trained carpenter. In addition, he eats the strangest things... ON PURPOSE!! We're still learning some things about Tom, so check back here often for ways we've learned to tease him. Better yet, suggest something to us.
Children's Minister - Emily Combs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our newest staff member, Emily oversees our ministry to kids preschool through 5th grade. An international studies student at the University of Louisville, preachers kid, and former nanny, Emily has a real heart for kids and ministry that reaches out beyond the walls of the church. She's brought an incredible amount of organization and quality to our ministry to children.
When you meet her, look at her feet - guarentee she has flip-flops on - no matter the weather! Not making this up. She's too new to us to know of anytning else to tease her about, but trust us, we'll find something by which to embarass her. So check back here from time to time to see what we've learned. Oh, and don't tell her this section exists - it'll be our inside joke.
Worship Leader - Doug Kyser: email@example.com
Doug joined the staff in July 2009. A graduate of Georgetown College, Doug organizes and leads our worship ministry. He is a man of eclectic tastes, and you are as likely to see him on his motorcylce as with a guitar in his hand. Sometimes he does both at once. Additionally he and his wife Jennifer are foster parents, but somewhere along the way misunderstood what foster parenting was about and just started adopting the kids.
Doug is a talented musician, but also a great teacher of musicians. If you have any music ability at all, he would love to hear from you.
With a degree in computer science, if you want to know about the latest iGadgets, then Doug's your guy. He's also the resident experpt making great smoked meat. Yeah, that's a strange factoid. Finally, tease him about his balding. Go ahead - he loves it! (Smiling mischeviously...)
We would tell you how long Wanda has been here, but our records don't go back that far. We are pretty sure they built the building around her. Married to Donnie for over 35 years, Wanda is generally the one who answers the phone, and whose voice you'll hear for phone-trees and the one to talk to about the prayer list, the bulletin, reserving rooms, weddings, etc.
While certainly very good at being secretary, she is a great country cook and occassionally blesses the staff with her abilities. Unfortunately, it also makes us sleepy. So if you call someday after lunch and the staff is napping, you'll understand why.
Tresa (don't call her Teresa. Please, for our sake) has been with us since 2003, after serving for several years in the Air Force, where they forbid her to ever pick up a hammer (Not joking). Tresa handles all things numbers related - attendance, insurance, paying bills, offering statements, payroll, and pretty much anything else that can be attached to a clip board.
She generally likes all animals, but has an unfortunate soft spot for cats. We think it's a pathological problem for which she needs therapy. She doesn't see it that way. Go figure. But always remember: you're better off calling her "Teresa" than making a crack about her cats.