Meet Our Team

Our team is here to help in any way. As our motto is "we are a life giving church", these men strive to be life givers to their community.

Anders Lee

Lead Pastor


In 1971, Pastor Anders was born into a Christian family in Delhi, LA. After living in New Mexico for a while, his family settled in South Mississippi, where he graduated from Hancock North Central High School. He was saved at a young age and surrendered to ministry as a teen. He graduated with degrees from Southeastern Baptist College, and attended Mid-America Seminary. Over the last 25 years he has served as a Youth Pastor, and he has Pastored Shiloh Baptist Church in Pass Christian, MS and Calvary Baptist Church in Horn Lake, MS. He is married to the beautiful Carla (formerly) Cline. They have four children, Zac - 17, Roo - 14, CC - 9, and Simon - 5. God called him to plant Central here in Desoto County in 2013. The people of Desoto are his burden, and discipleship is his passion. Pastor Lee loves spending time with his wife & family.

Carl Sookraj

Administrative Pastor


Carl Sookraj is our resident foreigner. Carl hails from the country of Trinidad. Upon moving to the States, Carl attended Bible College and recieved his degree. In 2014, Carl became a US Citizen. Carl is married to Dana, and they have 3 kids; Jeremiah, Emma, and AJ. Carl and Dana own there own local business here in Desoto County; JB Towing. Carl and hi family have surrendered to the call of God and are in anticipation of moving to Peru where they will start an orhpanage in the area.

Taylor Clayton

Worship Pastor


Taylor Clayton was born & raised in the greater Memphis area. Having joined the U.S. Air Force in 2003, he currently serves as an avionics technician on the C-17A aircraft at the 164th Airlift Wing in Memphis, TN. From September 2004 to July 2013, he faithfully served as the “Worship Leader” at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Olive Branch, MS. It is there that he met (and married) his beautiful wife, Breanna. Taylor has an immense love for music and for leading God’s people in passionate worship with the ultimate goal of pointing all to Christ! He enjoys spending time with his wife and children, flying, riding ATV’s, and playing music. Taylor, Breanna, and their two, gorgeous daughters, Jayli & Adali, live in Memphis, TN.

Justin Burdick

Student Pastor


Justin is our resident yankee. Born way up north in Port Huron, Michigan, his family "migrated" down south. Growing up in Wiggins, Mississippi, Justin surrendered to ministry in March of 2009. He has served in youth ministry at Vardaman St. Baptist Church in Wiggins, as well as a short interim pastorate at North Hills Baptist Church, also in Wiggins. He graduated from the Universtity of Southern Mississippi with his bachelor's in Psychology. Justin is married to his beautiful wife Hollie, and they have one son Elijah, or Eli for short. He joins Central after a year long searching for God's will in his ministry and life. Justin has a heart for children and youth, and a desire to see them discipled and mature in Christ.  

Contact Us

Central Church

P.O. Box 344

Southaven, MS 38671


Phone: (901) 343-3293


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