Meet our staff

  • Grant Stegall


    Grant Stegall was called as the Pastor at DeSoto Hills in November 2023. He joined the staff as the Minister of Discipleship in November of 2007 and became Associate Pastor in 2018. He and his wife, Amber, were married in July 2002. They have two sons and three daughters.Grant is a native of Pontotoc County, MS.

  • Mark Manning

    Minister of Music                                                                                                                                                             

    Mark has served as Minister of Music for this family since 2001. His wife Celeste teaches in the Southaven Intermediate School. They have two children, Lyle and Calland, who live in Houston, TX. Mark enjoys spending his free time on the farm working with his cows. He is also a native of the Mississippi Delta. He is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

  • David Burgess

    Minister of Students                                                                                                                 

    David Burgess joined the DeSoto Hills staff in 2016 as the Minister to Students. David and his wife Hannah met while in college but became friends while working together at Lifeway Christian Store years later. They were married in 2015 and now they work together to reach students for Christ! They have two children, Milo  and Leo. They currently reside in Olive Branch, MS.

  • Laura Ullrich

    Minister of Children                                                   

    Laura joined the staff at DeSoto Hills Baptist Church in June 2010. Her dream for the children’s ministry is that it “should be founded on the teaching of God’s Word while impacting children and their families with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Laura and her husband Brandon live in Southaven and have two children, Addisyn and Nolan. When Laura isn’t hanging out with the kids at church, she enjoys spending time with her family at the zoo, at the park, or just about anywhere!

  • Bonnie Jones

    Preschool Director                                                                                                                              

    Bonnie has been serving on staff at DHBC as Preschool Director since 2012. She taught for a brief time in private schools and then retired from DeSoto County Schools after teaching Kindergarten for 26 years. She is able to use her love for children and her education background to help teach preschoolers about God. Bonnie and her husband, Randy, have been married for 47 years. They have two daughters. Kay is married to Chuck Davis. Maurie and her husband, Brian Wright, have two sons, Jackson and Cooper. 

  • Jennifer Rushton

    Music Associate                                                                                                                                                    

    Jennifer has played keyboard for the DeSoto Hills family since 1994 and now also serves as music associate. She teaches private piano lessons and also plays for Desoto Family Theatre and other area productions. She is married to Lee and has two sons, Jason and Caleb.

  • Marc Lewis

    Ministry Assistant                                                                                                                                            

    Marc works full time as a teacher at Horn Lake High School but has also worked as a part time staff member at Desoto Hills since 2004. Marc is an assistant with the Student Ministries, maintains much of the church’s technology and leads the Wednesday night services for the youth as well as our Sunday Evening worship services in the attic. He and his wife Jennifer live in Southaven with their daughters Riley and Keelyn. 

  • James Lewis  

    Pastor Emeritis                                                                                                 

    James Lewis served as Senior Pastor for the DeSoto Hills Family for 25 years. He and is wife, Kathy, have two grown children. He retired in May of 2023 .  These days the Lewis’ are experiencing the blessings of being grandparents. James is a native of east Tennessee.

Office Staff

After retiring as a school administrator, Vickie joined the DHBC staff as Executive Administrative Assistant to the Pastor in 2015. Her organizational and administrative skills have been useful as she supports the church staff and membership.  Vickie and Al have been members of DeSoto Hills since 1993.  They have one son and daughter-in-law, Kyle and Tracy.

Lisa Thompson joined the Desoto Hills staff as the Financial Administrator in March 2022.  She and her husband Phillip have two children and two grandchildren.

Jerry Vining has served as the Maintenance Supervisor at DeSoto Hills since 2015.  He and his wife, Sherry, are long-time members of the church and have 3 girls and 6 grandkids.  He loves to spend his free time fishing

  • Vickie Bullock

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