Chris and his wife Traci were born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They both accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior while in their youth. Chris attended the Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, where he earned a BS in Pastoral Ministry and Bible, and an MA in Biblical Counseling. He has served at Southside since 2002, and has been Lead Pastor since August 3, 2008.
Austin grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and his wife Jessica was raised in the outskirts of Pittsburgh. They met in 2008 at Liberty University, and he graduated in December 2012 with a BS in Church Ministries with a specialization in Youth Ministry. They have served in full-time youth ministry at Southside since July 2015.
John and his wife Becky are both products of military families. They met in grade school when both families were stationed at Dover AFB, DE, while attending Southside Baptist Church. John attended Boston Baptist College and Liberty University Online pursuing Biblical Studies. John has led the music ministries at Southside since July 2008.
Southside Baptist Church has a deacon board of seven men who have proven themselves faithful as members of the church. They are elected annually to exercise the pastor's delegated authority to minister practically inside and outside the church. They double as trustees regarding church business in the general community, and are a blessing to our entire church body.