Staff


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David Bryant

Lead Pastor and his wife Alison
 
 
David came to Southside in July of 2015, and previously he served in 4 churches around Texas and New Mexico as a youth minister. He is a 21 year youth ministry veteran which explains his unhealthy addiction to donuts and soft drinks. David received his bachelors from Hardin-Simmons University with a double major in Theology and Psychology. While there, he met the love of his life, Alison. Both went on to Southwestern Seminary and they got married while students there in January, 1998. David also attended Trinity Seminary where he received a Master of Arts in Apologetics.
 
 
 
 

Rusty Wheelington

Youth Pastor
 
rwheelington@hputx.edu
 

My wife, Laurie, and I were both born and raised in Texarkana, Texas, I grew up wanting to be a Disney animator so I pursued an art degree at Stephen F. Austin State University and ultimately at the Art Institute of Dallas. I worked as an animator and background artist for a number of years while also freelancing as an illustrator and caricature artist and started teaching a middle school guys Sunday School class. It was at that time that God called me into ministry. I went back to Dallas Baptist University and finished my undergrad degree, then to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for a Masters in Religious Education. During my nine years as the minister of students and missions at Bartlett Hills Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, I pursued and completed an Ed. D. in leadership and education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

 

In my current position as  Professor of Christian Studies at Howard Payne University I teach youth ministry classes, as well as, courses in Christian education, international ministry, teaching, leadership, youth and culture, and New Testament. Our university also offers Masters Degrees in Youth Ministry and Theology and Ministry (beginning 2013), which I also teach courses in Family Ministry, the Personal Life of the Minister, Advanced Youth Ministry, Leadership, and Communicating with Youth Audiences.

 

We have two boys, Caleb, 16, and Nathan, 14, who are the joys of our lives. God continually teaches me through them. My hobbies include spending time with my wife and sons, triathlons, reading, drawing.

 

 

 
 
 
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Charlie Musgrove

 Minister of Worship with wife Sara and daughters Madeleine and Cheyenne
 
 
Charles Musgrove graduated from Howard Payne University in 2001.  He has been involved in worship ministry since his college years at HPU, and was married to his lovely wife Sara in 2007.  They have two beautiful children, Madeleine and Cheyenne, and have been serving at Southside Church since 2006 and accepted his position as Minister of Worship in April of 2018.  Charles is currently working full-time as the Community Relations Coordinator at Brownwood ISD and also runs Addison Multimedia, an independent, local website/design business.

Patty Baker

Children’s Minister
 
granmee52@gmail.com
 

Patty Baker and her husband Gary have been a part of the Southside Family since they both attended HPU. She graduated from HPU with a degree in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Endorsement. Later she got her certificate in Special Education from Tarleton University. They were a part of Melwood and then came to Southside as the two churches merged into one congregation. Patty recently retired after a 40 year career as an educator, 35 of those years in Special Education. She served as the Children’s Minister at Southside from 2003-2011 and returned to the position in 2016 . Patty and Gary have 2 grown children, Racheal who is married to Billy Davidson, and James married to Amanda. Spending time with her grandsons, Jackson and Lincoln, is one the highlights of her life. She enjoys crafting, reading, and scrapbooking along with the recently acquired pastime of adult coloring.

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Danna Shahan

Accounting Secretary
 
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Laurie Wheelington

Ministry Assistant with her husband Rusty and children Caleb and Nathan
 
Laurie and her family came to Southside in January of 2006.  She has served on various ministry teams, and alongside her husband Rusty of 27 years as wife of a Youth Minister, teaching pastor, professor and his partner in parenthood of their two fantastic boys. Laurie enjoys participating on mission trips and serving others with the love of Christ. A few of her favorites pastimes are watching her boys participate in sports, working in the yard, traveling to exciting places and trying new things– especially delicious food.