Pastor Crockett is in his 15th year of serving as a shepherd-- first at Grace Baptist Church in Indiana and now at Morningside.
He graduated with an undergraduate degree in communication and business in 2001. The next year he and his wife, Karie, were married in her hometown of Raleigh, NC.
Pastor Crockett taught communication for three years while earning a master's degree in Counseling and a Master of Divinity.
"God has richly poured out His grace in my life. He saved me at an early age, filled my life with godly mentors and family, allowed me to marry the love of my life and has blessed us with two daughters, Karis and Tessa, and two sons, Micah and Andrew."
Pastor Crockett has a passion for practical, dynamic expository preaching and making disciples. He has had the privilege of speaking at churches, camps, and retreats across the country. In his free time, he enjoys graphic design, tennis, and hiking with his family.
Kevin is from the mainland of China. He is currently studying at a local university and serving in the Mandarin Chinese ministry at Morningside Baptist Church as the Chinese Director.
Kevin worked in the educational field for four years in Beijing. He heard the gospel through foreign missionaries and was converted to Christ by the grace of God.
Prior to coming to Morningside, Kevin served in a home church in Beijing as a treasurer and Sunday school teacher. He and his wife, Andrea, have one daughter, Jillian.
children's ministries DIRECTOR
Growing up in Iowa, Lara was first exposed to the Gospel through the bus ministry of a local church. Her father came to Christ as a result of faithful deacons visiting their home. By the grace of God and through the consistent teaching of Christian school teachers, loving Christian parents, and children’s ministry volunteers, Lara came to Christ at the age of 13 and was later baptized at 18.
She began serving in children’s ministry as a teenager in various ways, but primarily volunteered in urban bus ministry. She earned a degree in Elementary Education. After college, she married Andrew who had also been serving in children’s ministry as a teenager. They have been serving together in children’s ministry since they were newlyweds. The Lord has allowed Lara to teach in numerous settings including a distance learning classroom, homeschool co-ops, college adjunct, and the homeschool classroom.
The Lord has blessed Lara and Andrew with seven children, Seth, Asa, Isaac, Elijah, Kate, Noah and Lindsay. In her free time, Lara enjoys making memories with her family through hiking, traveling, and reading books together. Lara is passionate about communicating truth to the next generation and impacting families with the Gospel, claiming Ephesians 2:8-10.
Steven had the privilege of growing up in Georgia in a pastor’s home, and came to Christ at an early age. While attending Morningside as a student, he met Ranya Carrier (Morningside’s music pastor’s daughter), and his interest in her led him to join Morningside in 1992. He taught the college Sunday School class while he was working on a master’s degree. When he finished the degree in 1993, he married Ranya and was ordained to gospel ministry.
Immediately after his honeymoon, Steven came on staff as the Assistant Pastor at Morningside in 1993. During his tenure at Morningside, he completed a Doctor of Pastoral Theology degree. He desires to faithfully serve the Lord and the people of Morningside as he seeks to evangelize the lost, edify the believer, equip Christians to do the work of the ministry, and exalt Jesus Christ.
At Morningside Steven's ministry focus is on outreach and member care.
Steven and Ranya are blessed with three children: Ashlyn, Austin, and Autumn.
God directed Jon to attend college in South Carolina after growing up in Michigan.
Upon the completion of his schooling in the spring of 1994, Jon joined the staff at Morningside to serve in the area of administrative and financial management.
Jon and his wife, Angela, have two daughters, Meredith and Madison.
His ministry at Morningside is to administrate the financial team and provide proper stewardship of God's finances in the ministry by correctly accounting for funds according to legal guidelines and providing good information to make wise financial decisions.
In his free time, Jon enjoys spending time with his family and running. During his lunch hour, you may spot him running through the neighborhoods behind Morningside.
Todd is thankful to have grown up in a home that was both full of music and committed to ministry. Saved at an early age, he met his wife Lorna in college.
Todd’s undergraduate degree is in history and music. After which he earned an MA in Church Music and a Master of Divinity from seminary. He then completed a PhD in Musicology from the University of Kentucky.
Before coming to Morningside, Todd directed music and gained valuable ministry experience at churches in Kentucky and Tennessee. He considers it a privilege to provide pastoral leadership for Morningside's music ministry. He joined the Morningside pastoral staff in the summer of 2017.
Todd and Lorna have been blessed with three daughters and a son: Evelyn, Colleen, Audrey, and Phillip.
Manuel Mendoza is a Phoenix, Arizona native. He was saved by grace at a later age in life and, within a few months of being called into the body of Christ, desired to formally study the precious Word that transformed his life, with a goal of teaching it to others. He was led to study at a Christian university, where he met his wife-to-be. Manuel and Mary were married in 2001, the same year they helped to start a Spanish-speaking ministry in Greer, SC.
He was then voted in as pastor of that ministry in 2003, the same year he finished his master’s degree in Bible. He continued on to finish his Master of Divinity degree in 2005 (Fun fact: Pastors Crockett and Mendoza were two of the five Master of Divinity graduates that year!)
Through God’s leading, he was called to shepherd the Spanish-speaking flock at Morningside in 2016. Pastor Mendoza’s desire is to shepherd the congregation that God has placed before him through practical Bible teaching, as well as reach the Hispanic community in the city where God has called him.
Manuel currently serves as bi-vocational pastor. He works full-time for UPS Business Development, providing support for International and Freight shipments for the state of Florida. His wife, Mary, was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, which has allowed Manuel to be involved in leading several tours to the Holy Land.
Manuel’s ministry starts at home, with his wife Mary and their three girls: Victoria, Lynda, and Ana.
Dr. Tony Miller and his wife Jeanette, have three children, Marjeana Bednarski, Michael and Matthew and eight grandchildren.
Dr. Miller served as interim pastor from June to August 2004 and as senior pastor from August 15, 2004 to June 30, 2015.
He and Mrs. Miller continue to serve actively as members at Morningside.
Dr. Miller enjoys hunting and outdoor sports. He and Jeanette keep up with a huge garden on their five acre property.
Open Door Baptist Missions Director
Dave had the privilege of growing up in Papua New Guinea as an MK (missionary kid) from the age of three. He trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior when he was five, and as a teenager he taught Bible to the village children on a regular basis. Proverbs 3:5–6 became his life verses after his mother was killed in a tragic car accident in New Guinea during his senior year of high school. God used his dad’s testimony during that difficult time to reaffirm Dave’s burden for missions.
Dave graduated from Pensacola Christian College. He and his, wife, Shawn, returned to Papua New Guinea in 2000 to serve as missionaries in the remote tribal area of Simbai. Their family loved the people and the privilege they had to share the Gospel with them and to partner with them to plant remote village churches. A highlight of their ministry was assisting the churches to establish their own mission agency, the Open Door Baptist Mission of Papua New Guinea.
In 2010, God led their family to return to the United States, and Dave served as the Assistant Director before becoming the Director of Open Door Baptist Missions in 2012. They have three daughters: Abby, Sydney, and Hayley.
Tom is originally from Philadelphia and has a Bachelor’s degree in management. He and his wife Jenn were married in 1990 and have been blessed with five children.
He retired from the US Air Force with over 21 years of service as a program manager and is currently taking classes to earn a master's degree in biblical studies.
After getting saved at 25 years old he purposed to live for the Lord Jesus Christ. After trusting Christ as a young man he is still in awe of God’s unending love. The Lord has blessed him to be married to his best friend Jennifer for 29 years and given them five children; Rocco, Cienna, Sarah, Hannah, and Mary.
Tom is enthusiastic about sharing the Gospel and making disciples. Throughout his career he’s been a gifted leader bringing organization and structure to every place he has worked. In his free time, he enjoys racquetball, coaching sports, and spending time playing board games with family.
Jeff is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. He came to Christ at the Wilds Christian Camp in North Carolina at the age of 13. During a missions conference at Morningside while in high school, Jeff felt God's call to the ministry. In the summer of 1993 he served as a counselor at the Wilds. After completing an undergraduate degree, he began his ministry as Student Pastor at Morningside. He met his wife, Bethany, in the youth group at Morningside, and they have three daughters: Jenna, Jada and Jillian.
His burden for young people is grounded in Romans 12:1–2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
It is his desire at Morningside Baptist Church to guide the students in full surrender to the Lord’s claim upon their lives so that they may obey Him in accomplishing His will.