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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 married children: Greg, Brad, and Katelyn; and an awesome Siberian Husky dog. They used to have a very ill-tempered cat, but are thankful that it left when their daughter got married and took it with her. They have one grandchild, and another on the way this year.

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 earned a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Lincoln Christian University in 2013. (In the normal time, believe it or not) He has over 25 years of ministry experience in a broad range of roles including children’s ministry, student ministry, discipleship ministry, church administration, and preaching/teaching, yada, yada, yada.

Brett is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, University of Louisville, and 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. And possibly not even then.

You can contact Brett here

Student Minister - Tom Brown:

Tom joined the South Jeff staff in the spring of 2012. He has a passion for students, teaching them to make Christlike choices, and has a wholistic approach to ministry. He's married to Stacey and has two kids: Madison and Garrett.

A former Marine, Tom is an outdoors-type as well as a trained carpenter, and really into the cross-fit craze. In addition, he eats the strangest things... ON PURPOSE!! He also owns a goat. And a miniature horse. And he adopted a cat - "Wilson" - that used to hang around the church. Deer have wandered into his front yard. If you have any animals you're looking to get rid of, drop them off at Tom and Stacey's. We're sure they wouldn't mind.

Worship Leader - Doug Kyser:

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 at making great smoked meat. Yeah, that's a strange factoid. Finally, tease him about his balding. Go ahead - he loves it! (Smiling mischeviously...)

Church Secretary - Wanda Devers:

We would tell you how long Wanda has been here, but our records don't go back that far. We fairly certain she just happened to be sitting on the lot and 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 (none of that health-food nonsense) and occassionally blesses the staff with her abilities. Unfortunately, the large meals also make us sleepy. So if you call someday after lunch and the staff is napping, you'll understand why.

Business Administrator - Tresa Ward:

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.

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