Adam Bennett

Pastor, Leadership & Preaching

Adam, a Mississippi Gulf Coast native, has been in full-time ministry since 2005. He served two years with Campus Crusade for Christ at Mississippi State, where he also earned his undergrad degree. For eleven years he served as one of the pastors at Bayou View Baptist Church in Gulfport, MS. He married Becky (Weitzel) in 2014 and in 2018 they welcomed their son, Jacob, into their lives. In 2015, Adam earned his Masters in Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Adam and Becky enjoy traveling, date nights at the movies, and exploring new restaurants. Adam also enjoys sitting with a cup of coffee and having long discussions about theology, current events, or Packers football.

Adam's Favorite Podcasts
The Briefing - AlbertMohler.com - R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Ask Pastor John - Desiring God
Pastors' Talk - 9Marks
Baptist 21

Hunter Ritchie

Pastor, Discipleship & Community

Originally from Crestview, FL, Hunter returned to the Gulf Coast in 2018 after six years of service in the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller in Enid, OK. He spent a year as an Elder at Oakwood Christian Church and a year in ministry as a sports director and youth minister before returning to the coast to become an ATC instructor at Keesler AFB.

Hunter oversees our Community Groups and enjoys sports, being outdoors, and connecting with people.

Hunter's Recommended Resources
Got Questions
Desiring God
Bible Hub

Joshua Atkins

Pastor, Worship & Communications

Originally from Hurley, MS, Joshua was raised in a musical family and has led congregational worship in various settings for over 12 years. He is passionate about combining the scriptures with music to motivate the church to proclaim the gospel, cherish God, and live for His glory.

He has been married to his wife Abigail since 2020, and they have a two-year-old daughter together. Outside of ministry and music, he partakes in nerdy hobbies such as playing video games, TTRPG, and being an overall cinematic snob.

Joshua’s Recommended Books
Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God by Bob Kauflin
Letters to the Church by Francis Chan
The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Culture Making by Andy Crouch

Malachi Sewell

Pastor, Education & Technology

Malachi grew up in a military family, living worldwide, and is a United States Air Force veteran. He has been married to his wife Crystal since 2004, and they have five daughters together.

He's a nerd of many things, but most of all, a Bible nerd. He has been a student of the scriptures and Christian theology/apologetics for over two decades. In his spare time, he loves playing guitar, gaming with his girls, and researching "spooky" things from a Biblical worldview.

Malachi's Recommended Resources
Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry
Early Christian Writings
Dr. Michael Heiser