Ministry Staff


  • Al Southerland

    Senior Pastor

    Al was born in Ada, Oklahoma. He has a Bachelor's degree from University of Oklahoma,

    Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological  Seminary, and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological  Seminary. Al married Jeanne Carr on October 19, 1974, they have 2 daughters, and they have 3 grandchildren.


    al@sandyplains.org

  • Adam Jones

    Worship Pastor

    Adam was born in Ellington, New York. He has a bachelor's degree from Belmont University,

    Master's degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he is working towards a Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.Adam married Lydia in August 2011 and they have five children, born within two and a half years (a singleton girl, twin girls, and twin boys).


    adam@sandyplains.org

  • David Johnston

    Next Generation and Family Pastor

    David was born and grew up in Metro Atlanta. He has a Bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern and a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. David married Jennifer in June 2008, and they have six children.


    david@sandyplains.org

  • Don Mason

    Pastor To Seniors

    Don was born in Florence, Alabama. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, Master of Arts Degree from University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Don married Sandra Wormal from Princeton, West Virginia on February 25, 1961, they have four children, and they have ten grandchildren.


    jd_mason4@yahoo.com

Directors & Support Staff

  • Terri Butler

    Terri grew up in Athens, GA and has a Bachelor of Science degree from North Georgia College. She is married to Ray, and they have 2 grown kids: Mitch (25) and Lindsey (23).


  • Janet Earnest

    Janet was born in Clay Center, Kansas and has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from Kansas State University. She married Roy Earnest 1980, and they have three boys. 

  • Lori Smith

    Ministry Assistant

    Lori was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Tennessee Temple University. She married A.C. Smith June 15, 1985.

  • BILLY BIGGERS

    Facilities Manager

    Billy was born in Greensboro, NC and has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

    He married Vanessa on May 15, 2010, and they have two kids a boy and girl.