Lead Pastor

Dr. Steve Walter joined the leadership team at MRBC in March 2014 after serving churches in Mississippi and Arkansas. Pastor Steve and his wife, Cristy, have three children, Katie, Jordan, and Molly Rae.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Blue Mountain College, Steve earned his Master’s and Doctorate from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Cordova, TN.

Associate Pastor / College Minister

Rev. Michael Pierce joined the leadership team at MRBC in July 2005 after serving churches in Mississippi and Kentucky. Pastor Michael and his wife, Melinda, have six children, Deke, Eli, Mattea, Wyatt, TJ, & Brielle.

After high school, Michael attended Mississippi College where he received his M.Ed. in Counseling in 1988. He was a teacher, coach, and guidance counselor before entering full-time ministry.

Michael believes that each person is born by God’s purpose and for His purpose. His passion and desire is to lead others to discover that purpose in and for their lives, then challenge them to live in such a way as to fulfill that purpose for the glory of Jesus Christ!

Worship Pastor

Dr. Lee Rider joined the leadership team at MRBC in August 2009 after serving churches in Mississippi. Pastor Lee and his wife, Tammy, have three children, Christian, Connor, and Ciera.

Lee attended Mississippi College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting. After his time at Mississippi College, he felt the Lord urging him to attend seminary, and in 2011 Lee received his D.W.S from the Institute for Worship Studies.

Lee’s desire is to see God glorified through a worship lifestyle and for God to use him to lead MRBC in corporate worship that is always guided by the Holy Spirit. His passion is to see worshipers giving God a true sacrifice of praise by realizing that the focus of worship is not on ourselves, our wants, our problems, or our circumstances, but entirely on God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Child Development Center Director

Connie Downey began her teaching career in 1981 when she was living in New Orleans, Louisiana. She began teaching K3 students at Edgewater Baptist Church, and when she joined our staff in 1985, she continued as our K3 Lead Teacher. In the mid-90’s, Connie became our Kindergarten Director and also our Assistant Director. She has now stepped into the Director’s shoes, and we feel very blessed to have her leading our staff.


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