As scripture teaches, the congregation is served/overseen by shepherds/elders who tend the flock (Acts 14:23; 20:17-35; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-16; Heb. 13:7,17; 1 Pet. 5:1-4).

Currently we are served by four elders. Others who have served well in past years are Thomas McLemore, Charles Shurtleff, Keith Shurtleff, and Ken Ford.

Following are brief words concerning our current shepherds.


Bob Parker

Bob and Gwen Parker have been members of this congregation since 1965, when they moved here for Bob to practice dentistry.  Bob has been serving as a shepherd here since 1991 (Bob and Thomas McLemore were the two men to first serve as elders at Southside). Brother Parker has also served well as a Bible class teacher for decades. The Parkers are diligent examples of discipleship in how they serve the Lord and His people.



Don Petty

Don became a Christian in 1966 and has been a member at he Southside church since that time along with Jerri, his wife of 60 years.  He served as a deacon for several years before accepting the responsibilities of an elder 13 years ago.  Through prayer and study, he has served as a shepherd of the flock to the best of his abilities, in all areas he feels he's best qualified.  Don has feared God and striven to keep His commandments as is the whole duty of man. Ecc.12:13




George Walker

George and Lori Walker moved to Sulphur Springs in 1988. For several years George served as a deacon, and he has served as a shepherd since 2009. The Walkers are both active in our Bible class program, with George teaching both adults and teenagers and Lori teaching little ones and in Bible Lab. George and Lori have a servant spirit both toward God and others.



Shane Carrington

Shane and Kelly Carrington moved to Sulphur Springs at the beginning of 1999, and he has worked as a local evangelist with Southside since that time. Shane has also served as a shepherd here since 2013. In addition to public teaching at preaching, Shane does multiple private Bible studies with others each week.




The congregation is also served by seven deacons (Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3:8-13). These are godly, harding working, family men who use their considerable talents to serve well.

Josh Davis

Heath McCraw

Mike Miesse

Casey Phillips

Mitch Ramsey

Greg Scott

Jarret Wilson




In addition to serving as a shepherd/elder, Shane Carrington has been working with the congregation as a minister of the gospel for 21 years. In addition to public teaching in our assemblies and Bible classes, he is always available for private Bible studies. He also appreciates sermon requests.