Our Staff

  • Steve Taylor

    Senior Pastor

    Steve’s mission is to glorify God by connecting others with their God-given destiny. Prior to coming to First Southern, he served as pastor for churches in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. He and his wife Shirley also served for 11 years in the Zambezi River Valley in Southern Africa as church planting missionaries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He and Shirley have three grown children and four grandchildren.

    Steve holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He is passionate about communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ, maximizing the potential of the local church, and involving followers of Christ in global missions. Steve is the author of “ALPHA PREDATOR: How to Be Victorious Over Life’s Ultimate Adversary and What to Do When You’re Not” and "THE THUNDER POET: Rhyming Life with God's Indigenous Design." 

  • Shelly Patterson


    The church secretary is often the first impression people have of any church, whether in person, on the telephone, or by email. We are so happy to have Shelly to fit that role! Shelly's gracious demeanor and southern accent make her a jewel to work with. Shelly’s husband, Rocky, is a professional cowboy and three-time World Champion steer roper. They have two sons.