|REV. Stephen Sparks
|REV. Sam Jones
Pastor to Students
Rev. Sam Jones has been on staff part-time since June 2019, but is beginning his full-time appointment as Associate Pastor at Maples. Sam is a Licensed Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church and is enrolled at Memphis Theological Seminary pursuing his Masters of Divinity. Sam discerned God's call to full-time ministry and is currently on the track for ordination as an elder. Sam is a retired high school history teacher and is married with two children. As our associate pastor, Sam will be focused on Christian education, online engagement, connections & integration of new members into the life of the church, missions & evangelism, and working with our senior adults. In his spare time, Sam enjoys spending time with his family, going trout fishing, cooking outdoors, reading history and theology, and rooting for his beloved Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks.
Dr. Joey Lott
Director of Worship Arts
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.
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.
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 University 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.
Director of Maples Learning Center
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.
Maintenance and Operations
Assistant director of Maples Learning Center