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Our Staff 2017-06-11T16:13:47+00:00
Pastor and Mrs. Westmoreland
Pastor and Mrs. WestmorelandPastor
Pastor Westmoreland was born November 11, 1952 in Downing, CA. He was saved at age 11. He was blessed as a child to be reared in a Christian home. His father, Dr. Roy Westmoreland, was a gospel preacher for over forty years. His mother, Mrs. Laverne Westmoreland, is looked upon by many as the greatest lady soulwinner in this generation. Dr Ron Westmoreland labored with his parents in Memphis, TN. He was called on church staff in 1974 at Bethel Baptist Church. He married Miss Kim Snyder in 1981, and they have two children, Heather and Ryan. Dr. Westmoreland received his B.A. from Baptist Christian College and received an honorary doctorate from the same institution. He attended Hyles Anderson College and also earned a Doctorate of Divinity from Arkansas Bible Seminary.

Bethel Baptist Church moved to Walls, MS in 1997. Since that time, Dr. Westmoreland has led the church to see tremendous growth with hundreds of souls being saved and baptized. In 2005, Dr. Westmoreland led to challenge the church to break all attendance records. The church had 2,629 in attendance, 175 saved, and 46 baptized. Currently a new auditorium is nearly finished which will seat approximately 1,000.

Dr. Westmoreland is the author of “Successful Stewardship in the Baptist Church” and is a featured speaker helping other churches in the area of biblical stewardship. He is also used across the country in preaching and promoting our Baptist Heritage. In his spare time he enjoys fishing for crappie and every second he can get with his wonderful grandchildren.

Dr. David Sexton
Dr. David SextonCo-Pastor
We are thrilled to welcome Dr. David Sexton and his family. He has come on staff as co-pastor and future pastor. At which time he and Dr. Westmoreland will switch roles and Dr. Sexton will become pastor and Dr. Westmoreland will remain on staff as co-pastor.
John McFarlane
John McFarlaneMusic Director
Johnny McFarlane was born in Orange, Texas on December 30, 1944. After graduating high school, Bro. McFarlane enrolled in Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. He interrupted College to join the Army National Guard in February, 1967 and also went to Airborne paratrooper School. He graduated from Lamar in May, 1968 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree In Marketing and Economics. While in Killeen, Texas, he met Donna Langenegger and they were married In April, 1971.

In July, 1978 he came to Bethel Baptist Church of Memphis to began serving as school principal and music director. He has enjoyed the stability of pastoral leadership, serving with Dr. Roy Westmoreland and Dr. Ron Westmoreland for more than 37 years.

After going for years thinking he was saved as a ten year old boy, Johnny came under conviction during a revival with Evangelist Dick Seaton, and on March 5, 1982, he was saved. One of his privileges, has been the opportunity of teaching in Tri-State Baptist College & Bethel Baptist School. Among other classes taught, most of his time was spent teaching English, Biblical Science, and General Business for Christian Workers. In May of 1993, he received the Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Tri-State Baptist College.

One of the joys of his life has been being married to his wife Donna for these many years. God has blessed their home with four wonderful daughters, Sherry Barnes (Steven), Jenny Hill (Greg), Beverly Yancey (John), and Ashley Carlisle (Joshua). They have eight precious grandchildren.

Troy Carmack
Troy CarmackBus Director
After a 20 year career in the U.S. Army, Bro. Carmack came to serve at Bethel Baptist Church. He has been the bus director for over 30 years.
Lee Sexton
Lee SextonSchool Principal
Lee Sexton was born in 1976 in Pontiac, MI, and was born-again in 1999 while attending Bethel Baptist Church in Walls, MS. Lee graduated high school in 1994 from Ocean Springs High School in Ocean Springs, MS. After graduation, Lee attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for two years and the University of South Alabama for three and a half years with dreams of being an anesthesiologist. But God had other plans and eventually brought him to Walls, MS where he was saved, surrendered to preach the Gospel and attend Tri-State Baptist College. While attending Tri-State Baptist College, Lee met his future bride, Lydia Corle. He graduated from TSBC in May of 2003 and the two were married the following weekend.

Lee and Lydia served at Bethel Baptist Church for one year after being married and in June of 2004 moved to Pennsylvania to work on staff for Revival Fires under the leadership of Lydia’s father, Dr. Dennis Corle. Lee served as college administrator for Revival Fires Baptist College for eight years when in June 2012, God opened the door back at his home church, Bethel Baptist Church, for a full-time position as the Christian school principal and pastoral staff.
Lee, Lydia and their four children serve at Bethel Baptist Church .

Lee’s life verse is Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

Throughout life, by Lee’s testimony, this verse has proven true time and time again.

Matt Lankford
Matt LankfordYouth Director
Matt Lankford was born August 13, 1992. He is from Jackson, AL and attended Walker Springs Road Baptist Church pastored by David Webb. Matt graduated from Walker Springs Road Baptist Church in 2011 and attended Tri-State Baptist College in the fall. He graduated in May of 2016 from TSBC with a Bachelors of Christian Education. He currently teaches classes in the elementary and secondary classes at Bethel Baptist School and is the Youth Director for Bethel Baptist Church.