Blaine Tucker

Lead Minister

Blaine grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, attended Harding University where he received a degree in Youth and Family Ministry and has a Masters of Divivinty from Fuller Theological Seminary.  He spent time in Italy  teaching people about Jesus. While there, he met and married his beautiful wife Kate.

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.

Kin Ellis

Involvement Minister

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.

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.
Contact Kin to get plugged into one of our ministries or small groups.

Donna Ellis

Children's Minister

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.

Becky Hendrix

Children's Minister

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 26 years ago and they have two children. Their son, Peyton is 22 years old and their daughter, Marylee is 19 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.

Jay Ellis

Worship Minister

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.

Nathan Lavalley

Youth Minister

Nathan began serving in our student ministry this past year.  He graduated with a degree in Ministry from Oklahoma Christian. Nathan and his wife Bri have two awesome children, Marky and Anna. Nathan has a passion for working with the younger generation of the church.