Austin DeLoach, Jr. has served as pastor of Southside Baptist Church, in Lakeland, Georgia, since 1996. He is a 1995 graduate of Liberty University. In 1998 Austin received the Eagle Award from Liberty, a distinguished award given to chosen alumni. Austin is the author of "From Cheese Carrier to Champion", based on the story of David and Goliath, and "Come; The One Word from God That Can Change Your Life."
Austin’s testimony reveals what can happen when a person fully surrenders to Jesus Christ. In high school, he graduated at the bottom of his class; in college he failed four times. At the end of his freshman year in college, he had a 0.7 GPA and considered himself hopeless. Then, one night, his life changed. This story of transformation from feeling hopeless to being passionate about serving Christ is captured in his book, From Cheese Carrier to Champion. His story offers hope to those who have none.
Austin currently pastors Cornerstone Baptist Church in Homerville GA as a dual campus ministry in partnership with Southside Baptist in Lakeland.
Austin married Jennifer Lee on January 29th, 2000. They have three daughters, Alora Gail, KenLee and Dempsey Anna. They live in Homerville, Georgia.
Executive Pastor John Patten
John Evans Patten is the executive pastor and oversees the day to day operations of the church. He and his wife Nannette have been married for over 60 years.
Media Pastor Scott Sirmans
Scott oversees the education ministries and bible study groups as well as the technology and media ministries of the church.
He was ordained into the pastorate on August 17, 2014 by Southside Baptist Church.
Scott was born in Lakeland, Georgia on November 1st, 1975 and is a life long member of Southside Baptist Church.
Sharon has served as Ministry Assistant since 2013 but has served as Southside's graphic artist since 2007. She is married to John, an avid tennis player, and together they are blessed with an extended family.
Worship Leader Jeff Ley
Jeff and Kristen Ley married June 10, 2000 at Southside Baptist Church. They have four children, Kiersten, Asa, Kailin, and Kyleigh. Together, they have a wide educational background. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry. Kristen has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing Adult Nurse Practitioner, and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry. God has been preparing and equipping them for ministry in this community. They are led by the Holy Spirit to minister to young married couples. Jeff is the worship minister at Southside and Cornerstone. His desire is to lead the congregation in songs that glorify the name of Christ and to teach that worship is more than a gathering on Sunday. Authentic worship is a lifestyle that magnifies the name of Jesus. He has a passion to teach and equip young men to be men of God, to be leaders in their home, and prepare them for service in the Kingdom. Kristen has a passion to teach and equip young women to love and serve the Lord and to be the women God has called them to be in loving their husband and children. They desire to make disciples who worship Jesus. Jeff and Kristen believe it is important to start at home in their family, making disciples that make disciples, and to teach others to do the same.