Bro. Chris and his wife, DeeDee, along with their four children, Charity, Samuel with his wife Carolyn, Charissa and Titus have served together in full-time ministry since 1997. Chris and DeeDee were married in August of 1994.
At the age of nine, Chris realized his need for salvation and trusted Christ as his personal Savior. It was just before his 16th birthday that God called him into the gospel ministry. Since that call, Chris graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Bible and a minor in Biblical Greek. He has served for 4 years as a youth pastor, 10 years as the church planter and pastor of Heritage Baptist in New York, 10 years as the Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist in Michigan, and the last two years as the Church Planter in Meridian, MS with Living Hope Baptist Mission. Bro. Chris has a love for church planting and is enthusiastic about seeing many churches established for Glory of God.
“I am so blessed to serve the Lord and this Association as the Interim Missions and Revolving Loan Fund Director. My heart’s desire is to see Missionaries called, developed, and sent out for the work of church planting. I am equally passionate about helping to see churches revitalized and pastors encouraged and equipped. I am looking forward to what the Lord is going to do through this department as we ‘strive together’ (Phil. 1:27b) for the sake of the gospel.”
Brianna and her husband, Josh Sumrall are residents of Laurel, MS. She is an active member of Lebanon Baptist Church where her father, Ken Riley, is the pastor.
Brianna graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She’s currently enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi where she is pursuing her MBA. Brianna has prior experience in social media marketing, event planning, and public relations. Brianna is excited to bring this experience along with her to further improve the BMA’s social media presence. She looks forward to serving the Lord in this new position.