Dr. Douglas O. Melton, Pastor
Pastor Doug came to Southern Hills in January, 2000, his first pastorate, having previously served as an administrator at Oklahoma Baptist University for 14 years, the last 7 as Dean of Students. Born and raised in Seminole, OK, he placed his faith in Christ at the age of twelve and surrendered to the ministry the next year. An ‘83 graduate of OBU, he earned his Master of Science and PhD degrees in Higher Education from the University of North Texas. Doug and his wife, Lana, were married in 1984 and have four sons and daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. Doug has had the opportunity to serve on the associational level and as president of the Oklahoma Pastors Conference and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, as well as the BGCO Board of Directors, the SBC Executive Committee and the IMB Board of Trustees. Doug and Lana enjoy traveling to Shawnee, Florida and North Carolina to visit their three granddaughters and two grandsons. He has led trips to Israel and been a part of mission work in several countries. His favorite verse is Galatians 2:20: “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet, not I, but Christ lives in me. And the life I live, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Jacqui Gingerich, Preschool
Jacqui became our Director of Preschool Ministries in January 2020. She was also raised here at Southern Hills from an early age; having been baptized and married here as well! Jacqui is married to her husband, Troy, and they have three children; Phillip, Emerson, and Sawyer. After staying at home with her children for many years, Jacqui began feeling the Lord's call to ministry in early 2011. She served here at Southern Hills for three years as our Journey Coordinator before moving to FBC Mustang where she served as Director of Preschool Ministries for six years. Her favorite part of Southern Hills is the strong legacy that it holds. So many people have served almost their entire adult lives here in some aspect; whether that is as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, being a part of the quilting mnistry, choir member, or teaching children's choir. In her spare time, Jacqui enjoys spending time with family, reading, and watching her children at just about any sporting event.
G.D. Hardy, Financial Administration
Don was born in Oklahoma City, and grew up in Altus, Oklahoma. He and his wife Deborah are graduates of Oklahoma Baptist University. Deborah is a retired elementary school teacher and a master quilter. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren. After serving in a church in Sulphur, Oklahoma for about eight years, Don came to Southern Hills in 1977 and has served in several staff positions. He enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, and travel. Don and Deborah have visited all fifty states, all of the presidential libraries, and about half of the national parks. They have visited several European countries, toured New Zealand, taken many cruises to various parts of the world and multiple trips to New York City. Don frequently uses scripture and hymn texts to express his testimony. These would include: “How firm a foundation…is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! ‘Fear not I am with thee; O be not dismayed’ …When thro’ fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply; The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose I will not desert to his foes; That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never forsake!” He continues to be grateful for the opportunity to minister to the people of Southern Hills.
Clint Hayes, Administration
Clint was born and raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He grew up in church and at the age of thirteen, he turned his life over to and accepted Christ to be his Lord and Savior. Clint was a teacher and a coach at Muskogee High School for nine years before following the call to full-time ministry. He served at First Baptist Church, Muskogee in different roles until following the call to Southern Hills in 2012. He completed a Master of Arts in Christian Education degree in 2009 from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His desire is to see people grow in their relationship with the Lord and for them to become disciple-makers. His life verse is John 15:5. Clint and his wife, Julie, were married on July 22, 1995. They have two teenage boys, Parker and Cooper, who are active in the student ministry here at Southern Hills and play basketball and football at Westmoore High School. Julie is a sixth grade teacher in the Moore Public Schools. Their family enjoys attending sporting events, going to the movies, and just hanging out. They are fans of the Oklahoma Sooners, OKC Thunder, and the Dallas Cowboys.
Jeremy Johnson, Media & Community Outreach
Jeremy was born and raised in Seminole, Oklahoma. At the age of eight, he accepted Christ into his life, and at the age of fourteen, God confirmed a call for him to pursue full-time ministry. He graduated from Seminole High School in 1996 and then went on to earn a youth ministry degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2001 and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2019. Jeremy accepted the call to ministry while attending Super Summer Oklahoma and has been serving in the local church in Texas and in Oklahoma since 1999. In 2011, he and his family moved to Oklahoma City to serve as Minister to Students here at Southern Hills. In 2020, Jeremy transitioned into a new role at as our Associate Pastor for Media and Community Outreach. Jeremy and his wife, Courtney, met at Falls Creek in 2001 and were married on December 27, 2002. They are blessed with two daughters, Logann and Merritt. In his spare time, Jeremy loves taking his daughters fishing and watching them play volleyball. He also loves the Chicago Cubs and OU football.
Tommy Merritt, Senior Adults
Tommy was born and raised right here in South Oklahoma City. He went to Westmoore High School, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2016, and completed a Master of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2018. Tommy has been a member of Southern Hills since 2006 and began serving on staff in August of 2013 as an administrative assistant. He also served as our College Associate before becoming our Minister to Senior Adults in January of 2020. Tommy has always had a deep love and admiration for the local church and especially for senior adults. It was often senior adults who were loving on him, teaching him, encouraging him, and rebuking him. Although his family was not always active in the local church, it was his favorite place to be as a child. His involvement in the church from an early age was only possible because of bus ministries and neighbors who were faithful to take him to church…many of whom were senior adults. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with Winston, his Chinese Pug. He is a fan of the Oklahoma Sooners, Denver Broncos, and Los Angeles Dodgers. He also eats chicken at least once every day.
Sean Paul, Worship
Sean was born and raised here in the great state of Oklahoma and although he spent more than twenty years ministering in Texas, he is thankful to be back in Oklahoma. He and his family made the move back after answering a call to come to Southern Hills in 2014 to serve as our Worship Pastor. Sean earned a Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1993 and a Master of Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1999. Sean’s calling from the Lord is to lead and shepherd the generations to worship the triune God…biblical worship, in spirit and in truth. Sean is grateful to God to be married to the love of his life, Kristi. They have five precious children: Brady, Carter, Taylor, Kennedy, and Sena. Sean enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and watching vintage TV shows and movies. Sean’s favorite book of the Bible is the book of Psalms. “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1
Daniel Snow, Discipleship & Young Adults
Daniel grew up in Tulsa, Washington State, and Oklahoma City. As a child he grew up in a home hearing and seeing the gospel of Jesus early on and began trusting in Christ when he was seven. As a sophomore in high school, Daniel sensed a calling from God into vocational ministry. Jenny is his wife and best friend and they got married in 2002. The Lord has graciously given them three little yahoos: Hannah, Thomas, and Lydia. Daniel was privileged to serve as a youth pastor for almost twenty years in Kentucky, Arkansas, and New Mexico before he and his family came to Southern Hills in 2016. Daniel serves as pastor to young adults and focuses on ministry to college students, young professionals, and young families. He has a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and a master’s degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He enjoys hanging out with family and friends, golf, disc golf, Oklahoma Sooners, reading, movies, chocolate chip cookies, and almost anything with green chili. Daniel’s life verse is Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Ruffin Snow, Member Care & Prayer
Ruffin and his wife, Melissa, have spent more than fifty years serving churches across our country. He came to Southern Hills in 2014 after having served as Senior Pastor at the Tri-City Baptist Church of Conover, North Carolina. Ruffin serves here as our Pastor for Evangelism and Member Care. This includes outreach, new member assimilation, and prayer. Realizing that evangelism is caught more so than it is taught, he loves training God’s people to share their faith. Ruffin is blessed to be married to Melissa for more than half a century! They have three children and eleven grandchildren. Their daughter, Jennifer, is married to a university professor is Birmingham and is the mother of four, including a precious special needs child. Both of their sons are ministers. Joel serves at Second Baptist, Houston and Daniel serves here at Southern Hills. Ruffin believes that serving the Lord here at Southern Hills is “more fun that shootin’ rats at the city dump!”
Jacob Steward, Children
Jacob was born and raised in Midwest City, Oklahoma. He accepted Christ as Lord as a young child at Meadowood Baptist Church. After graduating from high school in 2010, he began working at CrossTimbers and worked there for three summers. This is where Jacob realized and followed the call of children’s ministry. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2014 with a degree in Applied Ministry with an emphasis in Children’s Ministry and minor in Worship Arts. He began vocational children’s ministry in 2014 at First Baptist Church, Moore and came to Southern Hills in 2018. Jacob met Abby while working at CrossTimbers in 2012 and they were married on June 6, 2015. They have a son, Parker, that was born on July 23, 2016. Jacob enjoys watching basketball, baseball, and football. His favorite teams are the Green Bay Packers, OKC Thunder, and OU. In his free time, Jacob also loves hunting, fishing, golfing, and volleyball.
Randy Whittall, Missions & Evangelism
Although he was born a Texan, Randy was raised an Okie and considers Moore to be his hometown. In 1980, Randy met the two most important people in his life; his wife, Sandy, and his Savior, Jesus. It was a very good year for him! Randy holds a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Union City and as a church planter for twenty-five years in South America and the Middle East. He and Sandy moved back to the states in 2014 and he began serving as Minister to Senior Adults & Missions in 2015. Randy and Sandy have been blessed with four children: AJ, Caleb, Abby, and Tori. They also have an ever increasing number of grandchildren, ten currently! Randy loves hunting, fishing, woodworking, and will hardly ever turn down an invitation to play golf. He considers his life verse to be Romans 5:8, “but God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”