Russell Pennington

Russell E. Pennington had his eyes and heart opened to saving faith in Jesus Christ at his church home of 16 years, Faith Baptist in Barton, MS. He began visiting South Woods in 2002 at the invitation of his prospective father-in-law to gain insight into the biblical instruction his daughter (whom he was interested in marrying) was sitting under. Here at South Woods Russell was first introduced to the Doctrines of Grace and leadership by elders. After marrying, it was these truths and the atmosphere that they nurture that led him and his new bride Amanda to join the body as a couple in 2004, in spite of the long drive from their home in Byhalia, MS. He was installed as a deacon in 2012. Russell, a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a BA in Business Administration, currently serves as the Technical Services Coordinator of Northcentral Electric Power Association in Olive Branch, MS and a proprietor in home maintenance. Amanda, a graduate of Crichton College, is a homemaker and educates their three sons, James, Silas, and Jonah.

Steven Hockman

Steven has been a member at South Woods since 2004. He and his wife, Kristin, were married in 2005 and they have 2 children. Steven graduated from the University of Alabama in 2001 with a B.S. in Commerce & Business Administration. He is currently working toward his Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and works full time at Pinnacle Medical Solutions in Southaven, MS. He also teaches the 4th-6th grade Sunday School class and is a Pastoral Intern. Steven enjoys playing basketball and reading.

Jeff Porter

Jeff has been a member of South Woods since 2010 and serves as deacon of the grounds. He graduated from Delta State University with a BA in Business Administration, and is currently employed by Linkous Construction as a Construction Superintendent. He enjoys hunting, fishing, training dogs, and spending time with his family. He and his wife Patti have 2 children.

Mark Wiseman

Mark, a former Roman Catholic, was converted to Christ by God’s grace in 1988. God used Mark’s wife Nancy, then recently converted, to both live out the Gospel before him and speak it into his life. Mark and his family began attending South Woods in 1997. During the week he works in the insurance industry specializing in risk management consulting. He enjoys playing tennis when he has time. Mark and Nancy have three children.


Jay Campbell

Jay grew up at South Woods and, with the exception of an interlude between 1999 and 2006 when he attended Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and Grace Community Church in Nashville, TN, has been a member since 1988. He is the son of Tommy and Betty Campbell, and is married to Jennifer, the daughter of Butch and Joy Sharp. Jay received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Information Systems Technology degrees from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and his Juris Doctor from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, TN. In his professional life, Jay serves as an attorney in the Memphis office of an AmLaw 200 law firm, focusing his practice in the areas of Mergers and Acquisition and Corporate Finance.

Butch Sharp

Butch has been a member of South Woods since 1992. He received a B.S. degree in Engineering Technology from the University of Tennessee, Martin in 1975. He and his wife Joy were married in 1975 in Jackson, TN. She graduated with an IBM Secretarial Degree from West Tennessee Business College in 1973. Their daughter Jennifer Campbell has a B.S. degree in Interior Design from Mississippi College and she is an Interior Designer with the Crump Firm in Memphis. She is married to Jay Campbell who is an attorney with Adams & Reese Law Firm in Memphis. They have one daughter, Caroline. Jeremy, their son has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer and is employed by the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers at ERDC in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Jeremy is married to Mary Hunter Arant and she is a fifth grade school teacher in Vicksburg-Warren County School District. Butch works for Palladio LLC in mid-town Memphis. He is the Shop Supervisor for Crafted Classics which designs and builds custom furniture from reclaimed materials.

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