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.
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, Roo, CC, and Simon. 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.
Joining the staff in November 2018, Jeff is the newest member of our team. His area of ministry includes new member classes, as well as overseeing the development of discipleship materials, leaders, and classes. Jeff and his wife Anita have been married since 1987 and have been in ministry for nearly 30 years. They have two adult children, Rebekah and Matt. A few fun facts about Jeff: he’s a Navy veteran, he can often be found umpiring baseball at Snowden Grove, and liver is his kryptonite!.
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 two boys; Elijah and Asher. He joins Central after a year long searching for God's will in his ministry and life. Justin joined Central in October, 2013.
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. Taylor joined Central in September, 2013.
David Hatton (a.k.a. D Hat) joined the Central staff as Student Pastor in January 2018. D Hat was radically saved in March 1998 & called into the ministry in 2004. He is the husband to his high school sweetheart, Natalie, & father to Blake, Madison, Brett & Zack.Since being called, D Hat has been privileged with serving at various churches in the Mid South as a lay leader, bi-vocational & itinerant pastor. He is also blessed with serving as a manager in the corporate sector. Studying, preaching & teaching God’s Word is something he is passionate about. He is a graduate of Andersonville Theological Seminary with emphasis on biblical studies & theology. D Hat enjoys connecting with people of all ages & cultures as well as loving God, leading well & living the Gospel. Although he knows he's not perfect, one thing D Hat does is press on toward the prize in which God has called Him heavenward in Christ Jesus.