southern hills Leadership Team


  • Josh Teis - LEad Pastor

    Josh was born and raised Las Vegas. At a young age he trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior and surrendered to full-time ministry at 15. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Pensacola Christian College where he met his wife, Heather. He finished his Master’s Degree in Bible Exposition from Pensacola Theological Seminary in 2010 and is currently working on a second Master’s Degree through Liberty University. 

     

       


  • Fred Murray - Executive Pastor

    Pastor Fred Murray is a Las Vegas native. Fred attended college at Pensacola Christian College and graduated with his Bachelor’s degree and his Master’s in Bible Exposition from Pensacola Theological Seminary. Fred recently earned an additional Master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Liberty University. God brought Fred to Southern Hills Baptist Church in 2007 where he serves as the Executive Pastor. Fred and Kelly have two sons named Shepherd and Liam.


          

  • Jason Coombes - Program Pastor

    Pastor Jason Coombes grew up in a pastor’s home in the state of Indiana. The early influence of the Bible and godly parents allowed Jason to see his need of salvation at age seven. Since that time the Lord has guided him to serve in full-time ministry. At Pensacola Christian College, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in sacred music. While at college, Jason met his wife, Kimberly who also has a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in music. They were married in June of 2001.


       

  • Cindy Hammons - Executive Assistant & Office Director

    Cindy is from Southern California and is a food junkie and as a result loves to exercise. Her and her husband Glen are founding members of Southern Hills. They have five kids who are the joy of their lives. Cindy has been on staff since 2010 and is the Executive Assistant to Pastor Fred Murray. Her hard work and organization are a huge help to the ministry.


  • anna Solis - Lead Program Assistant

    Anna was born and raised in Coastal Georgia.  At six years old, in her home after AWANA, she prayed and accepted Christ as Savior. Anna has a passion for music and literature that she pursued throughout high school and college. Anna moved to Las Vegas and became a member of Southern Hills it was at Southern Hills that she met her husband Derek whom she married in 2013. Anna joined the staff of Southern Hills Baptist Church in June of 2016.


  • Chris Owens - Small Group Pastor

    Chris was born and raised in Colorado. He attended college at Pensacola Christian College and Theological Seminary and also a Doctorate degree from Covington Theological Seminary. He has served as a youth pastor in California, and a senior pastor in Florida. Chris and his wife, Melissa have 3 children named Callie, Parker, and Chloe.  


  • Blake Hunt - Connection Director

    Blake was born and raised in New Jersey. At the age of eighteen he surrendered to vocational ministry. This lead him to a Bachelor of Arts degree at Pensacola Christian College, where he fell in love with his wife, Lisa. After school Blake worked in the corporate world for two years, before being called to Southern Hills. Blake and Lisa have one son named Liam.



  • Mikel Simmons - Media Coordinator

    I have been living in Las Vegas my entire life. At the age of 4, I accepted Christ as my Savior. I attended Liberty Baptist Academy throughout my high school years. After graduating high school, I attended Pensacola Christian College where I graduated with a Bible degree. I am currently the media director and pray that God would use my passions for media and music to further the Gospel here in Las Vegas."


  • Heather Teis - Pastoral Assistant & women's Ministry

    Heather has served in ministry alongside of her husband Josh since their marriage in 2001. Originally from Alabama, she has since grown to love the city and people of Las Vegas. She enjoys hiking with her family, watching her kids play sports, rooting for Alabama Football, and getting alone with a good book and some chocolate. She loves serving as a counselor and coordinator for the Ladies ministry as well as assisting her husband with the various ministries at Southern Hills.


          

  • Melanie Graves - Pastoral Assistant

    Melanie was born and raised in Kaufman, Texas. After graduating from high school, she worked at the Baptist General Convention of Texas in Dallas for 10 years. While there, she met and married her husband, Gary. They Have two children, Jessica and Jonathan. Melanie loves living here in the desert surrounded by mountains and being able to hike. She’s constantly in awe of God’s beauty!


  • Jaime Smith - Pastoral Assistant

    Jaime was raised in Lancaster, California, and was a member of Lancaster Baptist Church. Soon after graduating college, Jaime moved to the Bay Area and taught at a private school for 3 year.  Jaime and Akeem were married in Gilroy, California. They then moved to Las Vegas and began serving on staff at our growing vibrant church in Las Vegas, Southern Hills Baptist Church.


  • Akeem Smith - church Planter

    In 2008 Akeem decided to attend the youth service at Southern Hills, and after the service Fred shared with Akeem from Scripture the gospel and why Jesus died for our sins. That day as a junior in high school, he decided to put his faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. After high school, he attended a Bible college in Southern California. This is where God began to pivot his faith towards full time occupational ministry; Akeem also met his future wife Jaime here as well.


  • Emily Lanting - Bookkeeper

    Emily was born to Christian parents and raised in southwest Louisiana, receiving Christ at the age of seven. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ouachita Baptist University and has worked in accounting and accounting management positions for several different companies. She and her husband, Eric, have been members of Southern Hills since 2008. They have three children: Grace, John and Mark.