Ministerial Staff

John Black

I am so glad you have found your way to South Gate Baptist Church! South Gate is a great church, full of great people, led by a much greater Savior!

Our mission as a church is to reach our community for Christ, connect our community to the Body of Christ, and to grow together in Christ.

If God leads you to visit our church, please make sure you say hello to Becky (my sweet bride) and me. We can't wait to meet you!

This church body is here for you. We stand ready to minister, serve, and pray for you.
May God's love and His richest blessings fall upon you!

Pastor John

Derick Mickan 
Worship Minister

Musical worship is such a powerful thing! It's my goal at South Gate to bring the "body" together through corporate musical worship by using a blended style of music. We respect and remember the songs of old while also celebrating the songs of today. So, no matter your age or preference, you will experience a mix of music that is scripturally-based and used as an instrument to teach, encourage, and unify the body of Christ. 

My family and I look forward to meeting you and pray that when you visit South Gate, you will experience the love of Christ through His people!

Brandi Melvin 
Children's Minister

God has called me to South Gate to work alongside families, so that together, we can raise children who have a strong spiritual foundation. As our children grow, we work to develop that foundation into a connection - this connection being a lifelong love for their Savior. I am excited to do that with not only my two sons, but with each child God places in my care. I am honored to walk this journey with other parents, to encourage and support them as they fulfill their God-ordained role as they raise the boys and girls placed in their care. 

Robert Varner 
Student Minister

I have been a part of the South Gate staff since January of 2015. When I was a student myself, I looked for answers and guidance from my student minister. He constantly pointed me to the life-changing Gospel found in the Bible. That foundation changed my life, and it can still do the same for students today. My prayer as I minister to any students who walk through the doors of South Gate is that they would know they are loved by God and that He has a great plan for them.

My wife, Amy, and daughter, Sarah, work alongside me and enjoy being in the students' lives, too.

P.K. Hinkle 
Interim Discipleship and Assimilation Minister

I've had the privilege of serving on the South Gate leadership team since August 2017 after coming out of retirement from 31 years in ministry in another local church. I continue to stand amazed at God's goodness in letting me serve in the church and community. Some of my other favorite things to do are running, kindergarten reading coach, mission work, and time on the Alabama beach with my husband, daughter, son, their spouses, and four grandsons!


Sandy Sheeley 
Financial Administrator

I have been blessed to serve as the financial administrator of South Gate for more than 10 years. I love getting to assist all of the missions and ministries of South Gate by helping our people to be good stewards of the resources that God has provided to us. My family and I look forward to serving beside you as together we equip every believer to GO and Make Disciples!

Terri Jones 
Promise Preschool Director

Working in the early childhood education field for nearly 40 years has given me the opportunity to introduce countless children to the love of God. At Promise Preschool, we want your child to feel safe and confident and to grow academically. Most important is to feel the love of our Savior through their daily experiences. Our goal is to show each child how much God loves them.  

My husband and I would love to welcome you to South Gate. Let me know you are coming, and we will meet you at the door! 

Charlene Anderson 
Office & Ministry Administrator

I love serving here at South Gate! It allows me to use the gifts and skills that God gave me to support and help the staff and the members of South Gate as we seek to fulfill our mission to GO and Make Disciples! South Gate has a wonderful staff and friendly, loving members, so it is a joy to work with them all!

Support Staff

Sharon Andrews
Office Assistant

I'm excited to be serving South Gate as Office Assistant. I'm a former school teacher who retired from Willard Public Schools in 2010. My husband Mike and I attend South Haven Baptist Church, where I enjoy teaching young children. We have two grown sons and two grandchildren - Kolton, 4 years old, and Emrie Grace, 1 month old. We love spending time with family and getting to face-time with Kolton. I love reading and crafting as well as trying out new recipes!

Michael Hurley 
Building & Maintenance Coordinator

Michael is the friendly face you see working hard all week to keep our building looking good and working well! On Sundays, you can find him volunteering with our worship team in the tech booth!