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 Sorrell

Stephen came to Oak Grove in March, 2013. He grew up in Brownsville, Tennessee and is the son of Rev. and Mrs. H. K. Sorrell. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Union University, a Master's in Music from Southern Seminary in Louisville and an MBA from the University of Memphis. While a college and seminary student he served in the areas of music and youth at the First Baptist Church, Bruceton, Tennessee and the Immanuel Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky.
He has also worked in the business world in the areas of real estate, business ownership and sales.
His hobbies include golf, travel, college football and walking/hiking.
Stephen believes that participation is one of the keys to a successful music program and invites those interested to come share in the gift of music.

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. Lori Beth 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. Lori Beth is married to Allen Belk and they have two small children, Luke and Lindley.

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 33 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 a wonderful first grandchild--James Rhett.

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.

Office Hours:
Mon-Thurs 9am-3pm

   January 2019   
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