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Pastors & Staff

Dr. Rob Futral

Interim pastor

Bro. Rob joined the Fairview staff as Interim Pastor in December of 2023. Rob has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years, serving as lead pastor in churches in Louisiana, Mississippi, and California. He graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament Studies. Rob and Kimandria have been married for almost 30 years, and are blessed with three adult children, two sons and a daughter.

Kent Shepherd

Associate pastor

Bro. Kent joined the Fairview staff in May of 2022. He is a graduate of Blue Mountain College and received his Master of Divinity at New Orleans Theological Seminary. Kent and his wife Kristen are the parents of two sons, Kaden and Karson.

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,” Ephesians 6:7 NIV

Ken Nuss

minister of Worship

Bro. Ken joined the Fairview staff in September of 2015. He is a graduate of Louisiana College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Ken and his wife, Chris are the parents of three children: Ashley, Brandon and Andrew. They also have nine grandchildren.

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.” Psalm 96:1-4

Dr. Larry bradford

Minister of instrumental music

Bro. Larry re-joined the Fairview staff as Minister of Instrumental Music in July 2011. He is a graduate of Delta State University and the University of Alabama. He and his wife, Dena, were married on August 11, 1984 and have three children, Brittany, Blake and Brooke and five grandchildren.

“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you, He will be with you. He will not fail or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deut. 31:8

Tommy gillon

Minister of 55+ and missions

Bro. Tommy joined our staff in December 2003 as Minister of 55+ and Missions. He brings with him over 35 years of ministerial experience. He has served as Minister to Youth, Minister of Education, Minister of Music and Minister to Senior Adults in churches in Mississippi and Louisiana.
Tommy and his wife, Sherry were married in 1976 and have two children Rachel and Justin and nine grandchildren. Bro. Tommy’s ministry is to establish a balanced program of activities to meet the needs and interests of people 55+.

“You are the salt of the earth, but if it has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” Matt 5:13

david dees

Minister to Families/Next Gen (College)

Bro. David joined the Fairview staff as Associate Youth Minister in the summer of 2004 and began serving as the Minister of Families/Next Gen (College) in 2024 . Bro. David graduated from Mississippi State University and Liberty University. He is married to Angie and they are parents to three children, Riley, Dylan and Breelyn.

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

Jim speights

Minister to Students

Bro. Jim joined Fairview staff in May of 2023. Jim graduated with an undergraduate degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2018, and he graduated with a masters degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2021. Jim and Lindsey were married April 2, 2022.

"Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it." 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

carla hensley

director of children's ministries

Carla joined the Fairview staff in 2003 as Director of Childhood Ministries. She is married to Quintin. They have two children, Lauren and Dylan and four grandchildren.
Carla attended East Central Community College and Mississippi State University. Carla’s hobbies include reading, cooking and spending time with her family. Carla’s favorite part of her job is talking with parents and children about what it means to become a Christian.

“Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from Him.” Psalms 12:7

angel yarbrough

children's ministries Assistant

Angel joined the Fairview staff in July 2017 as an Administrative Assistant to the Children’s Director. Angel served as a teacher in the Fairview CDC for many years. She and her husband Sonny were married in 1996 and are the parents of Luke and Logan. 

Lynn Pope

children's ministries Assistant

Lynn has been on staff since 1997 working with Extended Session as well as teaching preschoolers in the Child Development Center. She is married to Brooks Pope and they have two children, Abbey and Nathaniel. They live in the New Hope community.

melody adams

director, child development center

Melody joined the Fairview staff in 1995 as the Director for the Child Development Center. She is married to Robert and they have 2 children, Kelsey and Kaden and four grandchildren.

mitchell mcelhenney

Director of media ministries

Mitchell joined the Fairview staff full-time as the Director of Media Ministries in the Summer of 2021.

Angela tate

financial assistant | Business manager

Angela joined the Fairview staff in January 2007. She is married to Bradley and they have one son, Tucker.

JESSICA BURNS

MINISTRY ASSISTANT | PUBLICATIONS

Jessica joined the Fairview staff in 2005. She is married to Jonathan Burns. They are parents to two children, Holden and Briley Kate.

DEBBIE CRAWLEY

RECEPTIONIST | ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO 55+ & MISSIONS

Debbie joined the Fairview staff in November 2014.  She is married to Chris, and they have two children, Savannah and Jacob. She and Chris enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Clemmie everett

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO the minister of music

Clemmie joined the Fairview Staff in April 2024. She is married to KC, and they have one daughter, Emelia.

Jan holder

administrative assistant

Jan joined the Fairview staff in 2023 as an Administrative Assistant. She is married to Ronny, and they have three children, two Son-in-laws, one Daughter-in-law and nine grandchildren.

albert richardson

maintenance supervisor

Albert joined the Fairview Staff in June 2022. He is married to Rhonda and they have three boys, Zach, David and Nathan. He also has four wonderful grandkids.

Kelsi Bankston

Student Ministry Assistant

Kelsi joined the Fairview staff in June of 2024. She began her education at Southwest Mississippi Community College then completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Mississippi State University. She is currently enrolled in a Ministry Certificate Program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is married to Jonah, and they are parents to Beau. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, painting, and spending time with her family and friends.

COnner Farrar

Student Ministry Assistant

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