South Ministry team
South Baton Rouge Church of Christ is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our ministry team..
Teaching and Beyond
Blaine grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and attended Harding University where he received a degree in Youth and Family Ministry. Upon graduation, he moved to Italy where he spent two years teaching people about Jesus. While there, he met and married his beautiful wife Kate. In 2004, Blaine became the Youth Minister here at the South Baton Rouge Church of Christ- a role he held for 16 years. In January of 2020, he moved into the role of preaching minister. He is set to receive a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary this summer.
Blaine and Kate have three kids- Hudson, Gabriella, and Sophia. He enjoys watching a good movie, woodworking, and hoping the Arizona Cardinals will someday make it back to the Super Bowl.
South Kid's and Beyond
Donna Ellis joined our staff in 2012, after moving to Baton Rouge in 2009 with her husband Kin. They have been married for more than 40 years. Donna and Kin have four adult children and sixteen grandchildren.
Donna attended Harding College as a Bible major (1977-79) and later finished her undergrad at the University of Alabama in Family Studies. Donna and Kin have served in churches around the Southeast, with more than 30 years in youth and college ministry. She enjoys being outdoors, walking, riding bikes and the beach. She loves to read and sometimes cooks for a crowd.
Donna serves as one of the children's ministers, specifically for the volunteers who teach and care for South's children. Her faith is strengthened every week as she watches volunteers serve in loving, self-less ways.
Favorite Bible verse: Ephesians 3:20-21 (NCV) With God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.
Worship and Beyond
Jay joined our staff in 2016. He attended Harding University where he received a degree in Psychology. He loves to lead worship and work on Souths audio and visual components. His passion is watching people turn to God and worshipping in Spirit and truth.
He and his wife Melissa, met in Atlanta and they have three children-Owen, Charley and Samuel. They served for six years at the Borden Church of Christ as the Youth Minister before coming to serve at South.
Jay loves pretty much anything sports and outdoors. He played soccer in college, worked as a raft guide, loves white water kayaking, hunts, fishes, mountain bikes, camps and is crazy enough to try to take all of his kids doing it. Jay and Owen summited the tallest 14k peak in Colorado together and they all go fishing a couple times a month in the beautiful waters of Louisiana.
Involvement and Beyond
Kin Ellis joined our staff in 2009, after being involved in Student Ministry with his wife Donna for 32 years. Kin graduated from Harding College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 1979 and received a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from Troy State University.
Kin is committed to helping others develop a Jesus focused life and has special training in Soul Care Counseling, Marriage Counseling, and Making Disciples.
At South Kin has served as our Involvement Minister. His joy is found in helping people at South take a Next Step in their walk with God, following Jesus, discovering their purpose and using their divine gifts to make a difference in advancing King Jesus and His Kingdom Church.
Kin & Donna have four married children, Jay, Joy, Jessie & Jordan. Kin enjoys playing the piano, sports and being with their sixteen grandchildren.
His Favorite Bible Verse: 1 John 3:16 - “This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down his life for us and we have been called to lay our life down for one another.
Contact Kin to get plugged into one of our ministries or small groups.
Chinese and Beyond
David is passionate about disciple making and training leaders. He finds great joy and fulfillment in equipping and releasing others for ministry. David moved to South in 1997 after serving in Taiwan for 11 yrs. David and Vicky have been married for 37 years. They have three married children, Mandy, Mark, Katie, and one grandson, Cameron.
David and Vicky are both graduates of Ohio State University and Sunset International Bible Institute. They are fluent in Mandarin Chinese and intimately familiar with the Chinese culture.
David's hobbies include backpacking and rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
South Kid's and Beyond
Becky Hendrix has attended South Baton Rouge Church of Christ for more than twenty years. Her family moved to South during her freshman year at Louisiana State University where she eventually received her undergraduate degree in English and became certified to teach elementary school. She and Donna Ellis enjoy seeking new ways to engage the children at South with Jesus and his abundant love and they have done so for seven years. Her husband, Lance Hendrix and she married 25 years ago and they have two children. Their son, Peyton is 21 years old and their daughter, Marylee is 18 years old.
Becky finds working with children to be incredibly rewarding and feels she is often taught as much as she teaches. She loves to read and enjoys having people of all ages into her home. In the past, she and Lance have been involved in the Young Couples’ Ministry, directed a camp session at Camp Smiling Acres and have been long-time hosts for Life Groups.