Dr. Mark Mucklow – Pastor
Mark Mucklow became pastor of First Southern Baptist Church on October 10, 1993. Born and raised in a Christian home in Atlanta, Georgia, Mark is the youngest of four children including a brother and two sisters. He became a Christian at the age of twelve and felt God’s call to a ministerial vocation during his junior year of college at Georgia State University. He completed his education at Georgia State (B.A., Business Administration, 1982) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1987 — D.Min. 2000).
Brother Mark has served God as a Sunday school teacher, church recreation director, youth minister, and pastor of his now third church. During the seven years he spent pastoring his last church in Lawton, Oklahoma, Mark was commissioned as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve (1988).
Brother Mark met his wife, Tricia, while in Lawton, Oklahoma. They have four children: Abigail, Caleb, Elizabeth, and Joel. Pastor Mark enjoys reading, collecting almost anything, and playing most sports including (yes) softball.
Tricia is a CPA turned homemaker, is currently playing keyboard for our worship team. She also serves on the planning committee for the statewide Woman-to-Woman conference.
Steve French – Minister of Education
Steve French joined our staff as Minister of Education/Administration on December 4, 2000; being called by God out of the secular workplace and ordained into the gospel ministry by our church. Steve was born and raised in a Christian home in Dumas, Texas; the oldest of three children. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized at the age of six.
Steve graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He had a successful twenty-three year career in aerospace engineering with Lockheed Martin before accepting God’s call to full time Christian ministry. Steve earned his Master of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in May, 2007.
Steve has served God as a Sunday school teacher, deacon, chairman of deacons, nominating committee, and personnel committee chairman. Steve and his wife, Vickie, volunteer with personal ministries in the community to parents of children with special needs.
Steve met his wife, Vickie while living in Chandler, Arizona. They have four children: Matthew, Bradley, Jeremy, and Sarah. Steve enjoys working large projects around the house and in-depth Bible study. Vickie is the Assistant Executive Director of Raising Special Kids.
Darek Millsaps – Worship Leader
Darek Millsaps joined our staff as part-time Worship Leader in January of 1993. Nearly a Phoenix native, he was born in Nashville, Tennessee but his family—including an older brother—moved to the valley in 1971. He accepted Christ as a 9-year-old and sensed God’s call to a Christian music vocation at the age of 19. Darek is a graduate of Grand Canyon University (Bachelor of Music with Emphasis in Vocal Performance, May, 1994).
Darek has been serving God in part-time Worship Leader positions since 1990. He was ordained at our church to the Gospel of Ministry in 1996. He also works full time as a private investigator for Kolb, Stewart and Associates.
Darek married his wife, Melissa, in December of 1993. Melissa also graduated from Grand Canyon University (B.S., Psychology, May, 1994). She worked in Foster Care placement for Arizona Baptist Children’s Services before suffering a back injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident. She currently enjoys playing Horn in our church orchestra, sings in the choir, and teaches a Bible Study class.
Andrew Marchbanks – Director of Student Ministry
Andrew Marchbanks was brought on as the part-time, interim youth director in November of 2016, and was hired on officially a few months later in March of 2017. Born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1997, Andrew has been attending our church since he was in 2nd grade. He was baptized when he was 6 years old at one of sister church, Happy Valley Baptist Church, and was called by God into ministry at Zona Camp, the summer after he graduated high school.
Andrew is the middle of five children, and currently attends Grand Canyon University. He is majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Christian Studies, and plans to attend a local seminary for his master’s degree after he graduates from GCU in Spring 2019.
Jessika Moreno – Director of Children’s Ministry
Jessika Moreno became a member of First Southern Baptist Church in 1996. Born and raised in New York, she relocated with her family to Arizona in 1995 and began attending this church shortly after. Jessika accepted Christ and was baptized at 16 years of age. Being led by God to be a teacher, she completed her B.A. in Elementary Education at Arizona State University West, M.A. in Special Education at University of Phoenix and M.A. in Educational Psychology at Argosy University.
Jessika has served the Lord as a Sunday School Teacher, choir member, finance committee member, a counselor at youth camp, and as a counselor at children’s camp. She has been married to Daniel Moreno since 2011 and they have two boys named Lincoln and Elijah. Jessika resigned as a teacher in 2013 before her first child was born and became a homemaker. Jessika enjoys reading, camping (in a trailer, not a tent), spending time with her family, and raising her handsome sons.
Patti Rosset – Education Secretary
Patti Rosset joined our staff as Education Secretary on February 23, 2012.
Laura Ames – Publications Secretary
Laura Ames joined the staff in 2014 as part-time Publications Secretary. She teaches 7th and 8th Grade Sunday morning Bible study and is very active in the adult choir.