STAFF

REV. HAL HALL,  SENIOR PASTOR
hal@mapleschurch.org

Rev. Hal Hall became our Senior Pastor in June of 2015.  Hal is a native of Starkville, MS and is a graduate of Mississippi State University and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY.  He is also a graduate of the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership through Asbury Seminary.  

Hal has been in full-time Christian Service since 1988 and has served the church in a variety of roles such as youth pastor, music minister, solo pastor, multiple church charge pastor and church planter.  

Hal is married to Renee’ who is originally from Biloxi, MS.  Together, Hal and Renee’ have four children.  Hal’s favorite past time is spending time with his family, ringing his cowbell as he cheers on his Mississippi State Bulldogs, golf, playing the guitar and collector Elvis memorabilia. 



REV. DAVID LAIRD, ASSOCIATE PASTOR
david@mapleschurch.org

David Laird joined the staff in June of 2016.  He is a native of McComb, MS.  David served as a pastor in the Southern Baptist denomination for 21 years before feeling called to the United Methodist ministry in 2001. He has served at Pleasant Hill UMC since 2005.


REV. ALECIA FISCHER, DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
alecia@mapleschurch.org

Alecia Fischer was appointed to Maples Memorial in Feb 2013.  She received her Bachelor of Science from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in Mass Communications, Radio Broadcasting in 1994.  She attended Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri receiving her Master of Divinity in 2003.  She was ordained a Deacon in Full Connection with the Missouri Conference in 2007.  Alecia has served Churches in Missouri and Tennessee before coming to Maples.  Alecia has a passion for communicating the Gospel with children and helping them live out their lives as disciples of Christ. 

Alecia enjoys genealogy, gardening, reading, crocheting, cooking and of course the St Louis Cardinals.

REV. COREY TRUETT, CHURCH PLANTER
coreytruett@gmail.com

Corey is a 20 year youth ministry veteran who has served churches in Alabama, South Carolina and Mississippi. Most recently, he was the Youth and College Minister for seven years at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo, MS. Joining the Maples Ministry Team in 2015, he is planting a coffee shop/café church called The Well in Lewisburg, MS (south of Olive Branch) as a multi-site ministry of Maples Memorial UMC.

He is married to the beautiful Heather Truett and they have two children, Haydn and David. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Huntingdon College in his hometown of Montgomery, AL, and a Masters of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary. He enjoys Auburn University football (War Eagle!), professional baseball (Go Braves!) and digging into deep theological activities such as Nerf gun wars with his boys, and Netflix binges with Heather.



DR. JOEY LOTT, DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP ARTS
joey@mapleschurch.org

Joey serves as Director of Worship Arts. He earned his BA from Delta State University and an MM in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He completed a Doctorate in Worship Studies at The Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies in June 2014. While earning his BA degree in music, Joey served as a summer missionary in Washington State, Oregon, and Tokyo, Japan.  He is very active in The Fellowship (The Fellowship of United Methodist Musicians in Worship and Arts).  Joey joined the Maples Ministry Team in 2001.

Joey was born and raised in North Mississippi. He is married and has three children. Joey enjoys running, traveling, cooking, spending time with his family, and working in the yard.

LAUREN RANDALL, DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRIES
lauren@mapleschurch.org 

Lauren joined the staff in April 2015.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.  Over the years, she has served churches in Mississippi and Alabama in the the areas of children's ministry, christian education, worship leading, and youth ministry.

Lauren was born and raised in Brandon, Mississippi.  She enjoys traveling, baseball and soccer, playing ping-pong, watching movies, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends.


LYNN JOHNSTON, CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR
lynn@mapleschurch.org

Lynn joined the staff in August of 2010.  She is originally from Memphis and attended local schools and college there.  Lynn brings 15 years experience as a financial analyst in the business field. She is married with three children and resides in the Red Banks community.  She enjoys reading, cooking and outdoor activities.

JANE DOWNS, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
jane@mapleschurch.org

Jane Downs has served Maples as Administrative/Financial Secretary for over 25 years, beginning as part time staff in January, 1980. She majored in English during a two year stint at Memphis State University.

Born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, she grew up in and around the Memphis area. Jane is married, has three children, and four grandchildren. Traveling, reading, singing and trout fishing are her favorite forms of fun.

SHEA SOUTH, DIRECTOR OF MAPLES LEARNING CENTER
shea@mapleschurch.org

Shea joined the Maples Learning Center Team in 2001 as an After School teacher. She became Assistant Director in August 2004, and then became Director in 2007. Shea completed the Director Credentialing in September 2004.

She was born and raised in Walls, MS. She is married and has two children. Shea enjoys playing with her children, cooking, relaxing outside, and spending time with friends.

JEANETTE BUSBY, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MAPLES LEARNING CENTER
jeanette@mapleschurch.org

AMY CLINE, BOOKKEEPING

Amy joined the staff in February 2011.  She handles the bookkeeping services for the church and Maples Learning Center.  Amy received her BA degree from Auburn Univesity at Montgomery in 1993.  She received her CPA certificate in August 1997.

Amy was born and raised in Prattville, Alabama.  She moved to Olive Branch in 2001.  She currently resides in Hernando with her husband and three children.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and working puzzles.

BOBBIE ROSS, ACCOMPANIST

ALLEN SANDERS, ACCOMPANIST

REBECCA TREADWAY, CHILDREN'S MUSIC

STEPHEN MINOTT, MAINTENANCE