Youth Pastor Bryan Yates

Bryan was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and became a Christian in 2001 while attending Michael Memorial Baptist Church. Bryan began serving in the Youth Ministry here in 2003, leading small group Bible studies, teaching Sunday School, and preaching on an interim basis. Bryan served as a local firefighter for 14 years before he answered the call to full-time ministry in January 2012. At that time, he was ordained as Youth Pastor for No Posers Student Ministry here at Michael Memorial. He has been married to Suzanne since 1994. Suzanne is a local school teacher and they have two children, Bryan (Goose) and Savannah.

Bryan@michaelmemorial.org – (228) 832-1709


Cheyenne Anderson
Middle School Girls Sunday School Teacher

Cheyenne was born and raised in South MS and has been married to James Anderson since April of 2017.  She became a Christian in 2012 and joined Michael Memorial in 2015. One of her biggest passions is leading and teaching young women how to maintain and grow their relationship with Christ. Cheyenne began serving in the youth ministry in 2017 as a Middle School Girls’ Sunday school teacher. Her favorite bible verse is Romans 12:10-11 “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.”

cheyenne92195@gmail.com – (228-) 547-0590


James Anderson
High School Sunday School Teacher

Peter “James” Anderson III was born in 1995 in Lafayette Louisiana and has lived on the Gulf coast all of his life. James grew up in NoPosers Student Ministry here at MMBC. He has always had a great passion for helping the youth to have a better understanding of God’s plan for their life. James met his wife, Cheyenne, in 2013 and they married in April 2017. James’ favorite bible verse is (Luke 9:23)Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.

james.peterpan3@gmail.com – (228)  297-7620


Joel Ladner
High School Sunday School Teacher

Joel joined Michael Memorial Baptist Church in 2009.  He met Pastor Bryan in 2010 while serving in a cell group. Pastor Bryan soon invited him to check out the youth program, and he has been there ever since.  Joel loves the Old Testament. He also loves proposing deep questions to the students before the lesson begins to get them thinking and and help generate discussion. Joel’s favorite classes to teach are “Respectable Sins” and “The Case For Christ”.

joelladner@ccbcu.com – (228) 380-1362


Kevin Lundy
DGroup Leader & High School Sunday School Teacher

Kevin joined Michael Memorial Baptist Church in 2001.  He started serving in the youth ministry in 2004 teaching Sunday School.  His passion is teaching Christian Apologetics.  Apologetics is the branch of Christianity that deals with the defense and establishment of the Christian faith.  His favorite 10 week classes to teach are “Defending Your Faith”, “Creation”, and “False Religions and Cults”.  Favorite Bible Verse, 1 Peter 3:15 “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,”

kevin@michaelmemorial.org – (228) 323-0071


Lauren Criss
DGroup Leader

Lauren began calling the Mississippi Gulf Coast her home after moving from Dallas, TX in July 2013. Lauren became a believer just two short months later in September 2013 while attending Michael Memorial Baptist Church. She quickly developed a love for serving teenagers. She has a determined passion to walk out life with them and help teach them how to give God glory in whatever they do or whatever season of life they find themselves in. Because of this passion, 1 Corinthians 10:31 is her favorite verse. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Lauren has two children, Olivia and Connor.

laurencriss@ymail.com


Luke Davidson
DGroup Leader & Middle School Guys Sunday School Teacher

Luke joined Michael Memorial Baptist Church and was baptized in 2003.  He began serving in the youth ministry soon after that.  Luke’s passion is teaching and mentoring the 7th & 8th grade guys. His desire is to help them become the men that God created them to be. Luke loves teaching from the Old Testament and character studies.  His favorite verse is Galatians 5:16 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”  If Luke is not serving the youth you will find him training for and participating in Ironman Triathlons.

lukedavidson62@yahoo.com – (228) 326-8242


Marissa Stewart
DGroup Leader & Middle School Girls Sunday School Teacher

Marissa has attended Michael Memorial Baptist Church her whole life, and she is a product of the NoPosers Youth Group.  She loves working with the middle school girls because she loves to encourage them and see God work in their lives at such a young age. Watching them grow from young teenagers to adults and watching where God leads them in life is one of the greatest blessings.  When asked about her ministry, she says, “It’s pretty amazing!”

Mimarissanstewart1020@gmail.com


Stephanie Bourgeois
DGroup Leader & Runs the NoPosers Cafe

Stephanie became a Christian and was baptized in 2000 while living in New Orleans, where she began serving in the children and student ministries. She quickly realized she had a passion for helping teen girls through their daily struggles. Raising 2 teenage daughters of her own, she sees how important it is to give these girls a strong support system while pointing them to Christ. Stephanie has been married to Steve since 1996 and they have 2 daughters, Sydney and Samantha. She and her family have been members of Michael Memorial for 8 years. Her favorite Bible verse is Ecclesiastes 4:10 – “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” – Because no one should do life alone.

stebo1973@hotmail.com – (228) 806-5788


Toxie Ferguson
DGroup Leader & Middle School Guys Sunday School Teacher

Toxie surrendered his life to God in 1988 and has been a member of Michael Memorial Baptist Church since 1990.  He has been serving in the youth ministry since 2007 where he teaches the small group bible study for the 7th & 8th grade boys.  Toxie also leads a D-Group where he gets to disciple young men and teach them how to be men of God.  His favorite verse is Philippians 4:8 “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

toxieferguson@yahoo.com – (228) 229-8550


Zach Agent
DGroup Leader

Zach has attended Michael Memorial Baptist Church his whole life and was Baptized in 2014.  Zach is currently a student in college pursuing his Electrical Engineering Degree and serving in the youth group.  He started serving two years ago at a youth retreat. He is now a leader for a D-Group where he is discipling several other teenage guys.  He loves investing in the lives of the students and seeing how they grow in their relationship with the Lord.  He loves challenging the students to step out of their comfort zones!

zaagent96@gmail.com


Stepping Forward 

Deedy Hertz
College & Career Ministry Leader

Deedy has been a member of Michael Memorial since 1998. Raised in a Christian home, she accepted Christ at the age of 29. She was involved in youth ministry for many years before answering the call to lead our College and Career Ministry. She enjoys leading the College and Career Sunday School time as well as organizing and leading many activities and functions. Deedy is both humbled and thankful for the opportunity to invest in our young adults.
“Use me, God, Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, & what I can do, & use it for a purpose greater than myself.” Author Unknown

deedyhertz@yahoo.com