MARK 12:30-31 

It's About...RelationshipS!

It's ALL About A...Relationship!

Children's Ministry

Suzanne Bauer

Music Ministry / AWANA Secretary

Shelly Watkins

Music Ministry 

Celisa Russell

I moved to Northeast Mississippi from the Mississippi Delta in 2000. I visited several churches in the Pontotoc and New Albany area, then lastly visited Belden. Here the preaching and teaching of Jesus was felt. My walk with Jesus is stronger each day. Being an administrative assistant in year's past. I felt a calling to assist Brother Jim in some way. As you know we have to wait on the Lord's timing on events in our lives, so when He was ready, I was able to step into this position. I am enjoying working with people that are so enthusiastic about loving the Lord.

Kasey Pinson

In January 2014 God opened the doors for me to work and teach children about him through the nursery/preschool ministry.  Since I have been obedient to his call to ministry, three of my own children have come to know Jesus! I am blessed to be part of the Belden Baptist team. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  Matthew 19:14

Our Ministry Assistants

I am truly blessed to be able to serve my Savior at Belden and be a part of helping others come to know, love, and serve Him as well.

Director of Student Ministries

Chris Terry

Director of Children & Family Ministries

Paul Worsham

I had the privilege of joining the staff in June, 2015. I am truly blessed and excited to be a part of the Children's Ministry and get to be a part of helping children with their relationships with Jesus!

October 2008 was the start of my time on staff here at Belden Baptist. As the Music Minister I work to equip children, youth and adults musically and Biblically. We teach and equip children through music, integrated within the AWANA ministry. Youth are trained and equipped in singing, playing, and leading praises through music, both at the church and on mission, here and internationally. Opportunities for youth include praise bands, drama, and choirs. Through Biblical teaching we equip adults, who are called by the Lord, to lead worship through choirs, instruments and technology. All of this musical activity is a vital support team for the whole ministry of Belden Baptist church.

I am very grateful to be a member of a church family who loves God and loves people. The staff at Belden encourages a relationship with God that helps strengthen relationships with people.  I am grateful to be working with such genuine people and eager to see the big plans that God has for His church. I am exited and eager to help serve in any way the Lord leads.

Director of Music Ministries

Gary Gray

I have had the privilege of serving as Senior Pastor since February, 2006. The greatest joy I have is proclaiming the deep riches of the INSPIRED Word of God and witnessing the IMPACT that has on those who apply the eternal truths to their lives. Our Gracious Lord has surrounded me with a wonderful church staff that is equipped and enthused to help you in your RELATIONSHIP with Jesus and building RELATIONSHIPS with others in our community of faith.

Jean Pressley

I love children. I feel like God has called me to do this and take care of them.  They bless me and I hope I am a blessing to them. May God Bless.​


Jim Holcomb

I joined the staff at Belden Baptist in January 2018.  I’m married to Donna and we’re the parents of Emma and Susana.  Children are a gift from the Lord and I’m excited about partnering with parents and leaders to see children come to know Christ and grow in a relationship with Him.

Our Nursery Staff

Financial Administrator

Kathy Knight

Many things throughout my life have impacted and led me to serve as your financial administrator. I had worked for many years in the field of finance, but God’s purpose wasn't clear to me until I began working alongside our staff here at BBC. It was evident that every position I had held up to that point had been equipping and preparing me for the work He had planned here at BBC that I am now so blessed to be a part of. As God’s love has been shown to me through new relationships and the joy I've witnessed from the experience of giving, my understanding has grown of the vital role our church has in the life of the believer and God’s great commission for us to “Go and make disciples of all nations”.  Clearly our challenge is to love and invest in one another while learning to trust in the Lord’s broader plan. God laid down the path that brought me here. I am so thankful to be building relationships and working with you to build God’s glorious kingdom.

Administrative Assistant

Margaret Stiles

Our Administrative Staff

Our Pastoral Staff

I joined the staff at Belden as Director of Student Ministries in March 2015. My heart is to see each student grow in their personal walk with Jesus. God has blessed me to be able to work with an awesome staff here at Belden. I am excited to see what the Lord has planned as He moves us from ordinary to extraordinary.

Angela Kelly

It has truly been a blessing from God for me to have the privilege  to serve in the nursery/ preschool  children's ministry since Jan 2014 and to build a relationship with God's precious children and the parents. It is such a joy to be able to teach them about God.