Meet the Staff

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  • Dr. Juston Gates, sr. Pastor

    Dr. Juston Gates has been married to his wife Amanda for 20 years. They are the proud parents of three children: Elizabeth Klaire “Lizzie”, Caleb, and Leah Madelyn. Juston has been a pastor of churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and now Missouri. Prior to entering vocational ministry, Juston was employed in the realm of law enforcement with police departments in Memphis, TN, Tupelo, MS, and Allen, TX, while also serving as a Federal Agent with the United States Border Patrol.

    Juston earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky and his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Luther Rice Seminary in Georgia. He was called to full time ministry in May of 2000. He is an adjunct online instructor for Itawamba Community College, where he instructs World Religions I and Old Testament Survey. In addition, Juston serves as an adjunct instructor for College of Ozarks, where he instructs Police Field Services, a part of the Criminal Justice program.


  • Jeramie henson, Assoc. Pastor Adults

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  • Jeff Shaffer, Assoc. Pastor Students

  • Shad Clarkson, Worship Leader

  • Christi Abker

  • Amy Wilhoit, Children's Director

  • Becca Mullen, Preschool Director

  • Barbara Jernigan, Adminstrative Assistant

  • Martha Stanley, Administrative Assistant

  • Sherri Lurvey, Custodial Services

  • Dave Yeager, Maintenance Services