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Our Shepherds

At Southside, we have eight shepherds, or elders, who oversee, empower, and participate in the many ministries that we have going on.

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John Cummings

John has been a member at Southside since 1968 and has served as a deacon for many years and as an elder since 2018.  John is a plaintiff’s personal injury trial lawyer with Stephens, Anderson & Cummings in Fort Worth.  He and his wife Kory, an optometrist, have been married since 1993 and have two daughters, Katherine and Sarah.  John enjoys teaching Bible classes and working on construction mission trips and hopes to someday work in mission aviation.  Kory enjoys working in the baby nursery and providing eye care on medical mission trips.

Brent Davis

Brent and his wife Jayma have been partners  in the Gospel at Southside since 1985, and he has been an elder since 2012. Brent and Jayma have two daughters, Claire and Faith. Brent is a bank president for Colonial Savings Bank, and Jayma owns her own floral and design business. Brent and Jayma are involved in a number of different ministries at Southside.

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Steve Fields

Steve has been at Southside since 2001, and became an elder in 2018.  Steve is a court administrator/senior attorney for a statutory probate court in Fort Worth.  He and his wife Kay have been married since 1996, and have one daughter, Lily.  Steve teaches bible classes, works with seniors, and serves on the benevolence committee.  Kay works in the nursery and with seniors. 

Jim Gardner

Jim began attending Southside with his family in 1960 and has served as an elder since 2001. He married the former Dana Adams in 1977, and they have been blessed with four wonderful children: Bekah, Chase, Jordan, and Jared. Jim is president of Trinkote Industrial Finishes, a specialty coatings company. He and Dana are both involved in many of Southside's ministries.

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Alan Hegi

Alan has been at Southside since 1988, and he has served as an elder since 2005. Alan is a real estate lawyer for Kelly, Hart, & Hallman in Fort Worth. He and his wife, Jan, have been married since 1986, and they have three daughters: Lexie, Emily, and Kate. Alan teaches Bible classes, and works with LTC. Jan works with the women's prison ministry, teaches Bible classes, and helps with children's education.

Virgil Palmer

Virgil and his wife, Cozette, have been married for 32 years, and they have 3 sons and 6 daughters. He worked for 25 years as a property manager with Home Savings of America, and he preached in California for 25 years. Virgil and Cozette have been part of the Southside family since 2011, where Virgil teaches Bible classes and works in the food pantry, and Cozette works with the prison ministry.

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Barry Riley

Barry is married with two children: Bradley and Brittany. He was raised in Fort Worth, graduated from Castleberry High School, and has been at Southside since 2000. He graduated from Harding University in 1980 with a BA in Bible. He is married to Beth, and together they have been involved in many different ministries at Southside

Kent Smith

Kent and his wife Joan have been at Southside since 1988, and Kent has served as an elder since 2002. Kent is active in teaching both adult and youth classes and previously served as the deacon for Children and Youth Education. He works as an attorney, and Joan works at Fort Worth Christian School. They have three children: Clayton, Brynn, and Paul.

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