Pastors & Staff

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!

MEET OUR PASTORS:

Andy Neely
ANDY NEELY, LEAD PASTOR

aneely@westjacksonbc.org

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
LONNIE SANDERS, ASSIMILATION & MATURE ADULTS PASTOR

lsanders@westjacksonbc.org

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
ALAN TEEL, MISSIONS PASTOR

ateel@westjacksonbc.org

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.

Josh Ward
JOSH WARD, STUDENT PASTOR

jward@westjacksonbc.org

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
STEVE MOORE, WORSHIP PASTOR

smoore@westjacksonbc.org

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.

Ryan Guzouskis
RYAN GUZOUSKIS, YOUNG ADULTS PASTOR

ryan@westjacksonbc.org

Pastor Ryan is originally from Dothan, AL. He met his beautiful wife Kelly in the college ministry at his church, and they were married on August 10, 2012. Ryan and Kelly are the parents of a precious baby girl, Charlie Lynne, who was born in 2018.

Ryan loves spending time with his family, sports, the outdoors, and investing his time and talents in the local church. He has a heart for young adults and desires to serve the Lord faithfully by leading other’s to know Christ through teaching God’s Word and living life together. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Studies from the College at Southeastern and a Masters of Divinity from SEBTS. Ryan served as the High School Pastor at Richland Creek Community Church for over five years before taking on a larger leadership role in 2018 as the Students Pastor. Over the last ten years, the Lord has established and confirmed a deep desire in his heart to teach God’s Word, invest in people, and raise up leaders to do the same.

MEET OUR MINISTRY LEADERS:

LORI CAMP, MOTHER’S DAY OUT DIRECTOR

lcamp@westjacksonbc.org

RUSS COOPER, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR

rcooper@westjacksonbc.org

CHUCK RHEA, RECREATION MINISTER

crhea@westjacksonbc.org

ROB SIMPSON, COMMUNITY GROUPS & COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER

rsimpson@westjacksonbc.org

MANDY WILSON, STUDENT GIRLS MINISTER

mlwilson@westjacksonbc.org

MEET OUR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF:

DONNA HAWKS, MINISTRY ASSISTANT

dhawks@westjacksonbc.org

MONA GOBBELL, CHURCH ACCOUNTANT

mgobbell@westjacksonbc.org

TRACY MICHEL, GRAPHIC DESIGN/LEAD PASTOR ASSISTANT

tmichel@westjacksonbc.org

KAREN CROOK, CHILDREN’S MINISTRY ASSISTANT

kcrook@westjacksonbc.org

LISA WHITE, SENIOR ADULT MINISTRY ASSISTANT

lwhite@westjacksonbc.org

TERESA WOOD, MUSIC MINISTRY ASSISTANT

twood@westjacksonbc.org

WANDA BUFORD, FRONT DESK

wbuford@westjacksonbc.org