Brett is riding a wave that he didn't start. He surrendered to full time ministry lying in a hospital bed located on a jungle island in South Philippines. Since that time, it has been his clear aim to preach the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to mobilize the next generation to answer God's call to make disciples of all nations.
In November, 2016, Brett came back to his home state to serve as the Senior Pastor of FBC Bay St. Louis on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Before serving in the Bay, Brett spent 3 and half years at Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett, TN as the Next Generation Pastor. Before serving at Faith, Brett spent 6 years serving as the Student Pastor at FBC Batesville, MS.
Brett has international mission experience preaching and proclaiming the gospel in places such as East Asia, Northern India, Portugal, Guatemala, and the Philippines. Brett has worked with underground house networks in Southeast Asia. He has led multiple trips of college students to South Asia. His passion is to see the gospel taken to every people group on the Earth. He believes the next generation is the most readily available and most willing to go to the hard and unreached places.
Brett's ministry objective is to boldly proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To disciple, encourage, equip, and mobilize generations to be the light of the world.
Brett is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a BA in History. Brett also holds a Masters of Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to the love of his life, Allison. They have 4 children. Brett and Allison graduated from the University of MS.
In his free time Brett enjoys fishing here on the Gulf coast and sports of any kind. He loves SEC football!
Associate Pastor, Minister of Youth and Education
James is a graduate of William Carey University with a BA in Biblical Studies and English. James holds a Masters of Arts in Religion from the Liberty University. James has been married since 2005 to his wife Mary. He and his wife have four kids: Chloe, Grayson, Alex and Oliver. His family moved to Bay St. Louis in the fall of 2009 to minister to the students in our church. He has the knowledge of a teaching pastor but a heart for mentoring our church’s children up through the ranks of our young men and women. In addition to his student emphasis, James has also brought exciting worship and fellowship opportunities to our church family.
Pastor In Training and Graphic Designer
Originally from the small town of Marquez, TX, RJ’s call to ministry has taken him places he never imagined. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a BFA in Graphic Design. During his time in college he served student president of the Baptist Student Ministry and was on staff at FBC Lubbock.
RJ has a heart for missions and has taken numerous trips to Alaska, and he has also served over seas in Central Asia. He has served on the GoNow Missions sending committee, a division of Texas Baptists that has sent over 9000 college students across the globe to proclaim the gospel.
RJ is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
In his free time RJ enjoys board games, DC comics, cooking (especially Tex-Mex), hiking, and kayaking.
Lacey Higgins is from Pontotoc, MS and is a graduate of Mississippi College where she received a B.A. in Communications. She currently lives in New Orleans where she is pursuing a Masters of Divinity. Lacey is excited to partner with parents to disciple the children of FBC. Lacey enjoys anything outdoors, from a fun softball game in the Mississippi heat to skiing in the Colorado snow. Lacey has been a Christian since April 6, 2011.