Our Staff


    Lead Student Ministry to plan, implement and evaluate a balanced student ministry program through the equipping of volunteers. Direct the planning, coordination, operation, and evaluation of a comprehensive music ministry alongside volunteers for worship. An Advisory team for both areas is in place for support.

    Please submit a resume to denglishssbc@gmail.com including three professional references.

  • David English - Pastor

    Born in Longview, Texas, graduated from SFA with a BBA, Southwestern Seminary with Masters of Divinity and from Trinity with a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Management and Leadership. Married to Cindy in June 1992 and has 1 daughter, Gretchen, who was born in 1997.

    Email: David@ssbcpalestine.com

  • Tammy Patton - Director of Children’s Ministry, Administrator of CHA, Child care Center Director

    Tammy Patton has served as Director of Children’s Ministry at SSBC for the last 23 years along with 16 years as Administrator of Christian Heritage Academy. She is    passionate for children to know Christ as Lord & Savior and build life-long habits that will lead them to be Christian leaders for tomorrow.  Tammy and her husband Linney enjoy being involved in ministry in many different venues.  They have 3 grown children with spouses and 5 grandchildren.  She attended Baptist Bible College in PA for a degree in Secondary Education, she has a degree in Business Administration along with a degree in Respiratory Therapy.   The Patton family loves to travel, sailing, skiing and anything that allows the family to spend quality time together.

    Email: TPatton@ssbcpalestine.com


  • Jacob Randle - Ministry Assistant

    Jacob was born here in Palestine TX and raised at Southside Baptist. He graduated from Criswell College in 2016 with a Bachelors in biblical Studies. Jacob is the Executive Director at a 501c(3) Non-profit called Hope Station. He is a self proclaimed coffee snob, loves the outdoors, and enjoys backpacking and traveling with friends. Jacob was married to Amanda Randle in 2022. 


    Email: Jacob@ssbcpalestine.com

  • Molly phelps - Receptionist

    Molly Phelps has served on staff as the Receptionist since January of 2018.  She moved from Allen, Texas in 2017  where she served as a Pastoral /Financial Secretary for 12 years  to be close to her Grandparents. Prior to leaving Allen Molly served as a Leader in the  Youth Ministry for 15 years and a Leader in the Children’s Ministry for 4 years. Molly has 2 grown children Christopher and Katherine and a 13 year old Michael. Her hobbies are: Baking, spending time with family.

    Email: Molly@ssbcpalestine.com

  • Carol GRAHAM - Administrative Assistant

    Pastoral/Financial Secretary

    Carol Graham has served on staff since August 15, 1997. She began as Receptionist/Education Secretary for the first 8 years at SSBC. She has been serving as Administrative Assistant, Pastor/Financial Secretary to date. Carol loves serving her church family and helping others where needed. She and her husband Roger reside in Maydelle, have one daughter and son in law Jenny and Jason, and two grandchildren, Noah and Addi. Join Carol in waking up each morning and choosing Joy, for the Joy of the Lord is our strength!

    Email: Carol@ssbcpalesinte.com


  • Johnny Gaines - Custodian

    Johnny has been a Sunday School Member since 1987 and a Church Member since 2001. He is presently on staff as the Custodian. Johnny has worked in the Children’s Ministry for 20 years and is currently teaching Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Sunday School. He also serves SSBC as a Deacon. Going out a making personal visits and hospital visits is a big part of his ministry.  In Johnny’s free time he enjoys going to Children’s Camp, Sports, Hanging out with family and friends.