Meet our staff

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,  to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

  • Steve boyd — senior pastor

    Steve recently celebrated his 25th anniversary as Senior Pastor of Simpsonville Baptist Church. He and his wife Geri have two daughters, Ashley and Hannah, who attended Campbellsville College, and if pressed, really consider their dog Molly to be a third daughter much of the time. He likes to golf whenever he gets a chance and he would say that he is learning to love to read about theology and the church and all things God-oriented.

    You can contact Steve at

  • matt Garner — worship & missions pastor

    Matt came to Simpsonville back in 2006 and loves the community-centered family here at SBC. He is originally from southern Illinois and his wife Paula is a Razorback from Arkansas; they met at Southern Seminary and now have two girls, Sarah Grace and Emma.

    You can contact Matt at

  • jon caranna — associate pastor to students and admin

    A Mississippi native, Jon has lived in Shelby county for several years with his wife Bobbi and their daughter Harper. He is the chief pastor and discipler for our students and administrates much of the action around the ministry of Simpsonville Baptist. Jon loves Jesus and loves people, and you'll find him rooting for Ole Miss with a loud "Hotty Toddy" anytime he can! 

    You can contact Jon at

  • Kevin Barnette — Children's Pastor

    Kevin is a new staff member at SBC, but he's already well loved. He and his wife Taylor moved to Simpsonville in May 2016 from Mississippi. Kevin had been here before when he attended Boyce College in Louisville, and now he will continue with his studies at the Southern Baptist Seminary. Kevin and Taylor both love children and ministry and making disciples! You'll also find Kevin rooting for every Ole Miss team he can!

    You can contact Kevin at

  • angie sanford — church secretary & admin. asst.

    There's not much around SBC that Angie hasn't done in her time here, and she's good at all of it! Whether it's working as the secretary for the church or teaching preschool children's church, she holds nothing back for the glory of God. Angie and her husband Tony live on a farm in Shelbyville where she takes care of horses and dogs and more. Her oldest son Adam is in Virginia beach with his wife and daughter, and her youngest son Alex lives in the Nashville, TN area.

    You can contact Angie at

  • JILL SOWDER — adventure club director

    Adventure Club is our weekday kids-care offering that includes a preschool, after-school care, extended care, and summer care. 

    For more information about Adventure Club, you can contact Jill at


    Finances are not easy, we are so thankful to have Shawna a part of our team here at Simpsonville Baptist Church. Shawna and her husband Chris have lived in Simpsonville for 6 years. She attended The University of the Cumberlands and graduated with two Bachelor degrees in Communication Arts and Business Administration . Shawna loves to hike, read, craft, and hang out with her two boys. She has a passion for serving and encouraging others around her.