Our Dedicated Northside Staff
Courtney Stamey, Senior Pastor
Courtney Stamey began serving as Senior Pastor June, 2018. She and her husband Michael live in Clinton. Michael currently works at Millsaps College as the Conference Services A/V Coordinator.
Courtney received her BA from Gardner-Webb University in 2012, and MDiv from Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 2015. Courtney was ordained by FBC High Point, NC in 2014. Prior to coming to Northside, Courtney served as Chaplain Resident at Cone Health, and as Pastoral Resident at FBC Greensboro, NC and Peacehaven Community Farm. Courtney also has experience in curriculum development and public relations.
Courtney enjoys being active and about town, playing sports including golf, softball, and disc golf, and sharing meals with friends. Courtney believes that "Belonging is the center of the Kingdom of God" and hopes that you feel this sense of belonging at Northside.
Susan Meadors, Associate Pastor
Susan Meadors is the longest tenured staff member in Northside history, having served Northside since July 1993. She is married to John Meadors, Professor of Philosophy in the department of Christian Studies and Philosophy at Mississippi College. They are the parents of Samuel, Joseph, and Mary Louise.
Susan is a 1988 graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and a 1981 graduate of Baylor University. She served two years in Japan as a journeyman missionary, and was ordained by Northside Baptist Church in 2000. She shepherds our educational ministry, and is deeply involved in all aspects of our worship and service, working with artists and liturgists during Advent and Lent, and leading our weekly Prayer Ministry. Recently she was a participant in the Upper Room Ministries’ Academy of Spiritual Formation, a two-year comprehensive program in spiritual formation. She enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, making apple pies, and learning to fly-fish with her husband.
Dr. Bruce Lesley, Music Director and Organist
Bruce is Associate Professor of Music Emeritus and Director of Choral Activities Emeritus from Mississippi State University in Starkville. Preceding his appointment as Director of Choral Activities, he taught Voice to Music Majors, Minor Voice, Class Voice, Music Assessment, and Conducting. Prior to his appointment at Mississippi State University, Dr. Lesley was the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. He is past Director of Choral Activities and Music Teacher for public schools in Tupelo. He has a Doctor of Arts in Music Education from University of Mississippi, and is a proficient accompanist and conductor.
For 18 years, Dr. Lesley was the Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo. He has served in other churches in Mississippi and Alabama, both as music director and as organist and pianist, including Baptist Churches in Starkville.
Heather Ivery, Church Office Administrator
Heather Ivery began working as the church office administrator in May 2018. She and her daughter, Brooklin have attended Northside since 2011. They live in Jackson and are very involved in their community. Heather is a graduate of Belhaven College with a degree in Biblical Studies. She has worked the last 20 years with Stewpot Community Services and continues to be involved in organizations that work to improve her community such as Working Together Jackson, and Zoo Area Progressive Partnership (ZAPP).
Norma Baker, Church Hostess
Norma Baker wears many hats at Northside Baptist Church. An Ohio transplant who retired in 2007 after 40 years as a Sales Administrator for a trailer company , she moved to Mississippi in 2010 to be near family. She has three children: a daughter in California, a son in Arizona and a daughter in Clinton, who along with her family attend Northside. She has four grandchildren: two in Clinton and two in California. Norma sings in the choir, shares organ responsibilities when needed, and is a deacon. As church hostess Norma cooks supper on Wednesday evenings during the school year and prepares several meals each year for the football ministry. She is also an avid cook, seamstress, and quilter. She began the quilting ministry, now the Ladies Sewing Group.
Dottie Serio, Pianist
Dottie has been the pianist at Northside Baptist for over 20 years. She and her husband, Joey, live in the Clinton community and have two children, Adam and Elizabeth. Dottie received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Carson-Newman College and went on to study piano/education at Southern Seminary. She and her husband were the youth ministers at Northside for 7 - 8 years when their children were young and Dottie has also directed children's choirs in the past. Her full-time job is in the Music Department at Mississippi College.
Edward Livingston, Ricky Nations & Jeff Wright, Sound Technicians
Ed, Ricky, and Jeff are the men who make it possible for all to hear and appreciate the worship services, as well as other meetings, with their expertise in making sure the correct microphones are turned on and set at the appropriate volume. Their faithfulness is appreciated by all.