Gary Stafford

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Brother Gary has served as pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church since October 2014. He is married to his wife Diane and has three daughters--Melissa, Jennifer, and Elizabeth. He also has a granddaughter, Anna.

Bro. Gary is a graduate of Memphis State University and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. His hobbies include fishing and watching college football, especially SEC. He also enjoys doing yard work.

His life verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17. It says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Minister of Music

Stephen Starnes

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Youth Director

Daniel Dykes

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Daniel came to Oak Grove in November, 2018. He Grew up in Bradenton, FL. He has a B.S. in Church Ministries: Youth Ministries from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.


Daniel is married to Sarah Dykes from Terry, MS. They met at Carolina Creek Christian Camps in Huntsville, TX as summer counselors.


He is a Head Screen Printer at Big League Sports and Apparel in Memphis, TN. He loves Miami Hurricane sports and is very competitive.


He believes Student Ministry is an essential part of the church. Many people leave the church during their adolescent years. So, as a Youth Minister, he wants to train the next leaders of the church to love Jesus Christ & find their place of service in the church.

Children's Director

Lori Beth Belk

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Lori Beth is the Director of the Children's Ministry at Oak Grove Baptist Church. She currently leads the AWANA Ministry, Children’s Church, and all children’s activities. Lori Beth was born and raised in Tipton County and is also employed by the Tipton County Board Of Education as secretary at Brighton Elementary School. She is married to Allen Belk and they have two small children, Luke and Lindley.

Assistant Children's Director

Ashley Wilson

Church Secretary

Laurie Van Cleve

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Laurie came to Oak Grove with her family in the fall of 2005. She became secretary in November 2009. She and her husband, Andy, have been married for 35 years and have 5 kids of their own + 1 we count as adopted into our family, 1 son-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law and 2 wonderful grandchildren.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (1982). Most of her time has been at home as a wife, mother, and home educator of her children.

Her hobbies include spending time with family, cooking, watching old movies, spending time in the outdoors, and traveling. She also loves ministering to her church family and those in need.

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