Shoal Creek Baptist Church

  "Sharing the Living Water of Jesus and

making disciples that change the World"


Senior Pastor

Gary Linville

Pastor Gary Linville and wife Heather came to Shoal Creek in January of 2014. Prior to coming to Shoal Creek, Bro. Gary served as Pastor (First Baptist Church in Hickory Flat, MS), Associate Pastor (Ingomar Baptist Church -New Albany, MS) Pastor (Old Oak Grove Baptist Church -Myrtle, MS) Children’s Minister (Cedar View Baptist Church – Olive Branch, MS) Assistant Director of Admissions/Ministerial Recruiter (Blue Mountain College – Blue Mountain, MS) He has held positions with both the Police and Sheriff Department’s and also served as Chaplain for the DeSoto County Fire Services.  He Holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Blue Mountain College and he is currently seeking his Master’s Degree.

Heather has been an educator for 11 years serving as an English Teacher, Assistant Principal, and District Administrator at schools in North Mississippi. Gary and Heather also founded and were co-owners of The Warehouse Fish and Steak Restaurant in New Albany, MS. And owners of The Mountain Fountain Coffee Shop on the Campus of Blue Mountain College.

Bro. Gary and Heather welcomed their son Jackson Quinn Linville on January 23, 2015.

You can reach Bro. Gary Linville at

Associate Pastor of Families and Students

Caleb Smith

Bro. Caleb Smith, his wife Mallory, and their two kids, Parker and Keeley came to Shoal Creek in September 2014 from Suwanee, Ga. They are both originally from Tupelo, MS. Prior to Shoal Creek - Caleb has served as Youth Pastor  (North Gwinnett Baptist Church in Suwanee, Ga), Youth and Worship Pastor (Community Church in Mahomet, IL), and Interim Youth Pastor (Hope Church in Tupelo, MS). He holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, MS. 

Mallory is a licensed beautician who has been blessed to stay at home and raise their two children.

You can reach Bro. Caleb Smith at

Minister of Outreach and Worship Development

Steadman Livingston

Bro. Steadman has a long history with Shoal Creek Baptist Church. He grew up and spent 18 years of his life at Shoal Creek. He accepted Christ as his Savior, was baptized and even surrendered to vocational ministry all at Shoal Creek. Steadman left and started working at Decatur Baptist Church as the ministry assistant to the Worship Pastor. He is a graduate of Liberty University with a B.S. in Religion and Biblical Studies.

Steadman and his beautiful wife, Holly, were married at Shoal Creek June of 2016. Holly is an RN with a BSN from the University of Alabama. Steadman is very excited to be back home serving on the ministerial staff and ministering to the members of Shoal Creek and its surrounding communities!

"Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus." - Titus 2:13 (NASB)

You can reach Bro. Steadman Livingston at

Minister of Music

Joe Holmes

Joe and his wife Kim came to Shoal Creek in 2003. Since January of 2006, Joe has served as Music Minister. Previously, Joe led worship for First United Methodist Church, Falkville First Baptist, Flint Baptist, and Friendship Baptist.

Joe loves leading God's people in worship. He has authored several dramas for the SCBC Creek Bank Players drama program, including "The Purchase" and "The Redneck Who Saved Christmas". Joe also plays piano and has written several original songs.

He and Kim claim four children - two by birth and two by marriage. Christen and her husband Hunter live in Daphne where she teaches at McGill-Toolen High School and he is a civil engineer with G.A. West. Ben works for Grimco in Greenville, SC and is married to Sarah.

Joe and Kim have two grandchildren: Ginny Kathryn and Turner David Teague.

You can reach Bro. Joe Holmes at

College Pastor/Associate Youth Minister

Jonathan Pool

My name is Jonathan Pool, but I go by Jonny. I was born and raised in Decatur where I graduated from Austin High School. I have a degree in Social Work from the University of North Alabama. I will be attending New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary online starting in January of 2017 to pursue a Masters of Divinity. I am married to Alex Hembree Pool and currently live in Decatur. My passion is to teach students about Christ and be an example of Christ to others.

You can reach Jonny Pool at
Children's Director
Shannon Byess

Shannon Byess has been involved in children's ministry since she became a member in 2008 but began working as Children's Ministry Intern in 2015. She graduated from Calhoun Community College with her Associates Degree in General Sciences in 2014 and has since then began pursuing her degree in Religious Studies with a minor in Religious Education at Athens State University while working full-time at Arrowsight Inc. Shannon has accepted the call to Children's Ministry and Missions in her life and is looking forward to serving alongside of her church family in pursuit of God's passion.

You can reach Shannon at 
Financial Secretary
Lynn Mouser

Lynn and husband Barry followed their two sons to Shoal Creek, joined and baptized in 2000.  Lynn and Barry both gave their heart to Jesus as youth in Cherokee County, AL.  Since joining, each having served in various volunteer rolls, currently Barry is chairman of deacons and Lynn is Church Clerk.  Lynn just joined staff as Financial Secretary in November 2016, previously employed as Senior Accounting Coordinator for 37 years at a major corporation.


Russell and his wife Tiffany are Shoal Creek members serving on the Praise Team and as Sunday School Teachers with two beautiful daughters - Scarlett and Lily.  Ryan and his wife Heather live in Killen AL, he serves as Youth Pastor at Faith Church in Florence while Heather is his ministry team partner - she also does photography. They also have 2 beautiful children Dalton and Addie and are anxiously awaiting travel to Columbia to adopt Dana Sophia.


Lynn’s goal is to pursue the plan that God has set forth and work with this church family in bringing others to know Christ.

You can reach Lynn at