Meet our Staff
                                                                     “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love                                                                          with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our sins,                                                              made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved…” Eph. 2:4-5
HI, I’m Misti! My husband, Jacob, and I have been married since March 12, 2005 and we have 4 wonderful kiddos – Anna Beth, Lynnsie, Creek, and Silas. Our kids came to us through birth and international adoption from the beautiful country of Colombia. Although I grew up in church, I was in my
early 20’s when I recognized the full weight of my sin and my need for Jesus as my Savior. Since then, I have tried to faithfully serve Him each day. We’ve had many hard and many good days – and He has been in the center of them all.

I have my Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee at Martin and my Master of Arts in Christian Education with a focus in Children’s Ministry from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I have worked with children since my early teenage years and have always had a heart for children to come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior. I have worked with kids in inner cities on mission trips, kids camps, counseling situations, church programs such as Sunday School, choir, Bible Drill, Awana, and VBS. When I was 22, God called me into ministry while serving on a mission trip in Omaha, Nebraska. While in seminary, I worked for Rachel Sims Baptist Mission – a mission center in the Irish Channel where we did after school programs each day consisting of tutoring, Bible classes, and just having fun together. I believe that the church’s role – and my goal as the Director of Children’s Ministries – in a child’s spiritual development is to equip and partner with parents as the primary spiritual leader in their child’s life and to take responsibility for the spiritual development for what I call the “spiritual orphans” – those kids who aren’t raised in Christian homes or without anyone in their lives to teach them about Jesus.