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Gary Permenter - Interim Pastor


Gary Permenter loves what he does! He is a speaker, minister, and friend who desires to help individuals be who God intends for them to be so that they can do what he intends for them to do. Gary’s preaching is warm, practical, insightful, and never boring. His ministry reflects his sincere love for God and people. He serves all across the country in a variety of events.

Gary is a graduate of Mississippi State University and has earned a master’s degree and doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to his current ministry, Gary served as the student minister at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Columbus, Mississippi.

A lifelong Bulldog, Gary also is a fan of the Peanuts Gang. He likes to play and watch sports.


Phillip Stockton - Director of Music


Dr. Phillip Stockton, Assistant Clinical Professor of Music and Associate Director of Choral Studies at Mississippi State University, received his Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University, Master of Music Education from Florida State University, and Ph.D in Music Education from the University of Mississippi.  Before coming to Mississippi State, Dr. Stockton was Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of Choral Activities at Mississippi University for Women. He also taught at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida where his choirs consistently received superior ratings at regional and state performance assessment. Dr. Stockton has conducted middle school, high school, large church, small church, and community choirs throughout his tenure. He remains an active clinician and judge for choirs throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Florida. He is an active member of American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and is currently the R&R for Student Activities for the Southern Region ACDA. He has research published in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education and the Choral Journal. His research focuses on the historical adolescent voice change as well as best practices for the choral classroom. Dr. Stockton is married to his lovely wife Amy and together have a son Lee and a daughter Molly.


Rebecca Studdard - Youth Director


Rebecca has been youth director at Beersheba since 2019. She is married to Jerry, and they have two daughters, Mary Briggs (7th grade) and Waverly (4th grade). She is a math teacher at Caledonia High School. Rebecca's desire is for youth to develop an intimate relationship with Jesus, one that compels them to love others and share the gospel. 

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. - Colossians 3:17


Beckie Fuller - Children's Director


Beckie Fuller is married to Hal and together they have a passel of grown children and even more grandchildren.   While Beckie is employed at MUW, her greatest passion is bringing the love of Jesus to the hearts and minds of children.  Beckie has been ministering to children for most of her adult life. In 2015 she joined the ministry team of Beersheba Church to minister to the children in the church and in the community - to come alongside the parents of these children to share the amazing grace of God and His transforming power.  Beckie is creative and artistic.  She enjoys using her gifts for teaching, crafting, decorating, cooking, and serving others.  Beckie’s desire is that the children of Beersheba would come to know Jesus as Savior, see them grow in this knowledge, and then use this knowledge to serve Him in all areas of their lives.


Judy Swords - Church Secretary


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