Justin Grifford - Pastor
Justin earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology at the University of Central Arkansas where he had planned to pursue a career in dentistry. After answering the call to serve in ministry, he earned his Masters of Divinity from Oral Roberts University where he met his wife Stacie, also an M. Div graduate. Justin and Stacie wed in 2009 and lived in South Korea for the next year teaching ESL in Seoul.
Justin and Stacie moved to Missouri in 2010 where he served as Associate Pastor at First UMC Warsaw until moving his family to Prattville in 2014 to serve as Director of Student Ministries at First United Methodist in Prattville, AL. In 2018, Justin became Student Ministries Director at Mulder Church in Wetumpka, AL. Justin began his pastorate at Beersheba in July of 2023. Justin and Stacie have three children Zoe, Carson, and Eden.
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 and Waverly. 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