Staff

Pastor: Bro. Andy Russell

    

     I was saved on April 11, 1993 and surrendered to the call of the ministry

on January 5, 1998.  I was ordained by Endville Baptist Church when

Turnpike Baptist Church called me as their Pastor.  I remained at Turnpike 

until September 16, 2001 when I became Pastor of Martin Baptist Church.

    I am married to Susan Hall Russell and we have two beautiful daughters:  

Anna Russell Caldwell and Emily Russell Stout.  Susan has truly been a help

meet to me and my ministry.

 

    My preaching style is based on understanding the Word thru the pages of the King James Bible and then

in return, sharing that understanding with whomever I have the chance.  My messages are about how the

lovely Lord Jesus was born, how He died and how He rose again so that man might be reunited with the

Heavenly Father.  It's all about Jesus!    I desire for the Spirit of God to teach me what the Word says and

what it means and then I can better share with my folks what the Bible truly reveals for their lives.  My goal

is to preach simply enough so that even a child can understand and yet profoundly enough so that the most

learned Bible scholar can glean some truths and build a strong Christian life based upon a deeper

relationship with Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord.

 

    I have the awesome privilege to serve in one of the most loving and giving churches in America.  Our

mission is to do what Matthew 28: 19 states, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the

name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost."  One need only to look at the missionaries our

church supports to see that our people have a mission minded heart.  

                                             

     To sum up my ministry here at MBC, I could use a song by Legacy Five entitled, "God's Been

Good,"  for truly He has been good to me and to Martin Baptist Church.  We, as a church, are united by

love, bound in truth, and  are striving to share the gospel message through preaching, through singing,

through sharing, through giving and through loving whomever God brings across our path.

 

    I invite you to visit with us and see what God is doing with simple folks, in a simple place, in simple ways

for His honor and His glory.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                 One Blessed Man,

                                                                                                                                                                                  Bro. Andy Russell                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                   

 

 

                        

 

 

 


Youth Pastor

Bro. Cody Ladner

    

     Our Youth Pastor is Bro. Cody Ladner from

south Mississippi and he is married to Miss Paige Miller

who is also from south Mississippi.  They have one daughter 

Fynley Jett Ladner.

 

 

 

     His favorite Scripture passage is II Corinthians 12: 9 - 10

which states, " And he said unto me,  My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is

made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities

that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in

reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake; for when I

am weak, then am I strong." 

 

     His favorite quote is:  "I'm still amazed at how One could love me so,

                            that to the cross of Calvary He would go,

                            to shed His blood of a crimson flow,

                            to wash my sins much whiter than the snow!

                            I will never understand,

                            how God could love a mortal man,

                            enough to suffer and pay the cost,

                            so I can find my cleansing at the cross!"

 

     Bro. Cody says to tell the world "It's All About Jesus!"

                                         

 


Music Director

Bro. Marshall McLaughlin

 

 

     The Music Director at Martin Baptist Church is

                    Bro. Marshall McLaughlin.

 

     Bro. Marshall began singing at the age of 16 and still has a great

love of and passion for praising the Lord through song.

 

     His favorite song is "Beulah Land" which was written and sung by his favorite singer Bro. Squire Parsons

and his favorite hymn is "The Old Rugged Cross."

 

     We are blessed to have Bro. Marshall leading our congregational music and working with our

Adult Choir. 

 


Organist

Mrs. Lori Spencer

     Mrs. Spencer is mother to  Angela Black, Ashley Lineberry,

Adam Fitts, Terry Dowty, Jr., and Madison Dowty and the wife of

Dennis Spencer.   She has four grandchildren: Sarah Beth Black,

Lessie Jo Black, Huson Lineberry and Cason Fitts.

 

     Her favorite Bible verse is Romans 5:1 which states, " Therefore

being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." 

 

     Her favorite hymn is "I'd Rather Have Jesus." 

 

     Mrs. Spencer is the office manager at Mitias Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in New Albany, Mississippi.

 

 

 


Church Treasurer

Mrs. Lori Spencer

     Mrs. Spencer serves as our church treasurer and does a

wonderful job of keeping the financial records for our church

decent and in order. 


Pianist

Mrs. Dianne Bolen

 

     Mrs. Bolen is the wife of Therold Bolen and the mother of

Lori Bolen Benefield and Marty Bolen.  She has four grandchildren:

Kati Benefield, Keri Benefield, Cameron Bolen and Carlynn Bolen.

Mrs. Bolen was a mathematics instructor at Northeast Mississippi

Community College before her retirement.

 

     She has a great love for playing and singing the wonderful

message of God's salvation through His songs.

 

     One of her greatest passions is serving as pianist for the Adult Choir at MBC.  

 

     One of her most favorite songs is "The Haven of Rest" and one of her most favorite Bible verses is

II Timothy 1: 7 which states "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

 

 


Church Clerk

Mrs. Dianne Bolen

     One thing that the church clerk, Mrs. Bolen, is excited about

it that she has taken the records from the oldest church books

and has put all that information on the computer.  It is much

easier now to keep the additions and deletions in order and up to

date.