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

I've been blessed the past 10 years to be involved in music ministry in the local church in southeastern Missouri along with southwestern Oklahoma. Musical worship is such a powerful thing, and it's my goal at South Gate to bring the "body" together through corporate musical worship by using a blended style of music, where 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, unify, and inspire the body of Christ.

My family and I look forward to meeting you and pray that when you visit South Gate, you will experience God in a very real and powerful way! 

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

Student ministry has been a passion of mine since I was a student myself needing guidance and searching for answers. Looking for truth and purpose in a world that is constantly saying the opposite can be difficult. It is my prayer that I can be a messenger of the good news of Jesus Christ to the students of the Springfield area from 12 years old all the way to 22.

Amy, my wife, shares with me the passion of seeing the Gospel transform the hearts and lives of students. South Gate Baptist Church is a place where students can form lasting relationships with people who are striving to follow Jesus daily.

We hope that you will join us for worship soon! 

P.K. Hinkle 
Interim Discipleship and Assimilation Minister

One thing we have in common is the need to be transformed from the inside out. That transformation moves forward as we focus on God and become His hands and feet to others. South Gate's Bible study groups are committed to equipping people to experience transformation and to advance the Gospel. They are committed to being Jesus' hands and feet within the church family and in the community. I look forward to meeting you, hearing your story, and serving together to see Heaven's population increase!


Sandy Sheeley 
Financial Administrator

I have been blessed to serve as the financial administrator of South Gate for many years. I love getting to assist all of the ministries of South Gate by helping them to be good stewards of the resources that God has provided to us. My husband and I have watched our four children grow up through the children's ministry and student ministry of South Gate. It has been so exciting to see them learn about God's Word as little children and then to grow into teens/young adults who love God and want to follow Him in their lives. 

New Director Soon! 
Promise Preschool Director

We will soon have a new Director for Promise Preschool! You may still use the link above to email Promise Preschool!

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 transform lives and advance the Gospel! 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 about serving South Gate as Office Assistant. I'm a former school teacher who retired from Willard 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 sound booth!