Our pastors are passionate about following Jesus and faithfully proclaiming his Gospel as they serve and shepherd our church community.
At West Jackson, we believe that God calls pastors in order to equip its members for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:10-14). These qualified men are called to local church ministry in order to faithfully proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and lead as servants and shepherds (1 Peter 5:1-5, 1 Timothy 3:1-7). If you'd like to get to know our current pastors and learn more about their ministry roles, read more below!
Andy Neely, Lead Pastor
Pastor Andy has served West Jackson since February of 2012 as lead pastor. He and his family moved to Jackson from Lakeland, FL, where he was the Lead Student Pastor at the Church at the Mall. A graduate of Union University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Andy has invested 20+ years of his life in the local church speaking to thousands of teenagers and adults.
Pastor Andy’s ministry experience also includes five years at West Jackson as the Student Pastor. He and his wife, Ellen, have four children: Addison, Hadley, Maggie, and Knox. Their passion is to see families serving together to accomplish God’s will and purpose as they share the Gospel in Jackson and throughout the world.
Lonnie Sanders, Assimilation & Mature Adults Pastor
Pastor Lonnie has served West Jackson since October of 1993. He has served in various pastoral roles over the past 25 years at West Jackson including outreach, adult discipleship and now church assimilation and mature adult ministry. He and his wife, Joy, relocated to Jackson from middle Tennessee but still claim northeast Alabama as home.
A graduate of Samford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lonnie has invested 30+ years of his life in the local church leading and equipping leaders in the ministry of disciple-making. Pastor Lonnie and Joy have one daughter, Autumn and two dogs: Fluffy and London Rose. They are all big Auburn Fans: War Eagle!
Alan Teel, Missions Pastor
Pastor Alan has served West Jackson as the Missions Pastor since February of 2013. Before coming to West Jackson, Alan served at churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Most recently, Alan was on staff with the local Baptist Association through a partnership with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and the North American Mission Board. He is a graduate of Union University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Alan and his wife, Connie, have two children: Allison and Gregory. As a family, they enjoy going “On Mission” together, whether that is overseas, in North America, or right here in Jackson, TN. Alan is passionate about helping others to see that a life spent serving together through Christ is the best life of all.
Rich Smith, Children’s Pastor
Pastor Rich has been serving in full-time ministry in the local church for over 22 years. Most of those years have been in children’s ministry but he has also served as a student pastor and as a discipleship pastor. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Psychology from the University of the Cumberland’s and a Master of Divinity degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Rich is married to Paige and they have four children. Allie is a college student, and Addison, Alexis, and Max (who are triplets) attend a local elementary school. Rich’s passion in children’s ministry is to partner with the family and the parents for the purpose of equipping them to be the primary disciplers of their children. He also desires to raise up children in a way that honors God and teaches them all about the one true God and what He wants to do in and through their lives.
Josh Ward, Student Pastor
Pastor Josh is married to Kelsey and grew up at West Jackson. He has a heart for the local church and for helping students take their next step in their relationship with Jesus Christ. His passion for students revolves around them understanding more about who God is, and what God has called them to do.
Josh has a vision for connecting students with godly adult volunteers who can disciple those students into followers of Christ. His goal for student ministry is to train students to go out into the world to reach others for Christ, and to fall in love with serving God and the local church.
Steve Moore, Worship Pastor
Pastor Steve began leading worship as a student in 1996 (as a part of Andy Neely’s first youth group in Goodlettsville!). Steve graduated from Union University in 2001 and continued to lead worship for various camps, schools and local churches over the past 20 years. Steve met his wife Cassie serving for M-Fuge and was married in 2005 following his graduation from Southern Seminary.
Steve and Cassie have twin sons, Elijah and Isaiah, who were born in Ethiopia. Their daughter, Jesse Elizabeth, was born in 2013. The Moores joined our church family in June 2019, following more than 10 years of life and ministry in Paducah, Kentucky.