Tommy Campbell

Dr. Tommy Campbell started attending South Woods in August of 1988 in the second year of her existence. He serves our community as a physician. He faithfully leads the Missions Committee at South Woods in planning global trips. He and his wife Betty have been married for over 30 years and have four sons.



Jim Carnes

Jim Carnes has served as Minister of Music at South Woods since 1995. He received his education at Union University (BM) and North Texas State University (MA in Musicology). He and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 30+ years and have two daughters: Anna and Mary. In addition to his music responsibilities at South Woods, Jim teaches one of the Adult Sunday school classes and shares in Wednesday evening teaching ministries. He has written articles for various journals and books in the areas of worship, history, theology, and rhetoric.  His full time job is at Oak Hall clothing store in Memphis where he is a men’s clothes buyer. One of his real joys is seeing the congregation use his library that is housed at the church. Contact Pastor Jim

Drew Harris

Drew and his wife, Jenny, have been members of South Woods since 2010. Drew shares teaching responsibilities for the couples Sunday School class. He also has served on the finance committee and as a pastoral intern. He is currently working on a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Drew has a B.A. in English from the University of Mississippi and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Memphis. He currently works for an integrated communications agency in marketing and public relations. Drew enjoys reading, fly fishing, golf, and is a certified barbecue judge.

Dan Meadows

Dan and his wife, Amy, have been members of South Woods since 2007. They have three grown daughters, Catherine, Ginny, and Beth. Dan grew up in Memphis, graduating from White Station High School. He earned a B.A. from the Univesity of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from U.T. Memphis. He has completed an M.A. in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in jackson, Mississippi. Dan practices dentistry and is involved at the local and state levls of the Dental Association. He currently co-teaches the men’s Sunday School class and works with the pastoral interns at South Woods. He has participated in several foreign mission trips. He enjoys reading, photography, jogging, and hiking.

Phil A. Newton

Pastor Phil A. Newton began South Woods Baptist Church in 1987. He served as a pastor of three other churches prior to moving to Memphis. He received his education at the University of Mobile (B.A.), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min.), and Ph.D. in Applied Theology in Missiology from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Both natives of Alabama, he and his wife Karen met in Mobile, AL and married in 1975. They enjoy discussing biblical issues, reading, cooking, traveling, and interacting with their family. They have five children and seven grandchildren. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Pastor Phil serves on the Executive Board of Founders Ministries, and enjoys training young men for the ministry and leading international mission trips. He has published articles in several journals and has authored Elders in Congregational LifeConduct Gospel-Centered Funerals (with Brian Croft), Venture All for God: Piety in the Writings of John Bunyan (with Roger Duke and Drew Harris), and The Way of Faith. He has also contributed essays to Reforming Pastoral MinistryDear TimothyMinistry By His Grace and For His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles, and Reclaiming the Gospel and Reforming Churches. He regularly sends his Sunday morning message via e-mail to people in several countries. Please contact Pastor Phil if you are interested in being placed on his Sermon-a-Week mailing list. There is no charge for this ministry.

Matt Sliger

Matt began attending South Woods in the fall of 2007. In the years that followed, he received the bulk of his ministry training while serving as an intern here. He eventually earned a PhD in Applied Theology at Southeastern Seminary. Matt contributed articles on the Psalms, Zephaniah, Zechariah, and 1 Corinthians to The Jesus Bible. He enjoys playing music, watching baseball, and reading. He and his wife Julie have two children. You can contact Pastor Matt.


Tom Tollett

Tom Tollett has been a member of South Woods since 1998. He has a degree in Architecture from the University of Arkansas and has been in design, project management, or strategic planning in the building industry for over 35 years. Twenty of those years were with FedEx, primarily overseas. He has been married also over 40 years to Janie and has two married daughters and four grandchildren. He shares in Bible teaching responsibilities on Sunday morning and in S.T.I.N.T. classes. He also enjoys singing in the choir.

Chris Wilbanks

Chris has been a member at South Woods since the winter of 2002 and joined the staff in a part-time capacity in 2011. He received his education at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and received his Master of Divinity in pastoral studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Jessica have been joyfully married since 1999 and have three children. Along with his service at South Woods, he is also a full-time employee at an internal medicine facility in Memphis. Contact Pastor Chris