Ministry Staff

Bob Jones
Minister to Senior Adults

Born in Meridian, MS. Graduate of Meridian High School, Meridian, MS; Meridian Junior College, Meridian, MS; Mississippi College, Clinton, MS (BM); New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA.(MCM)

Churches Served: First Baptist Church, Richland, MS; Roseland Park Baptist Church, Picayune, MS; Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, Rome, GA; First Baptist Church, Gulfport, MS; Main Street Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, MS (1970-present)

J.R. Walley
Minister of Music

J.R. Walley began as Minister of Music and Media of Main Street Baptist Church on January 3, 2016. J.R. is married to Kimberly, and together they have three children: Kaitlin, Zachary, and Rachel. J.R. grew up in Ocean Springs, MS and has been a church minister for over 25 years. J.R. has a Bachelor of Music degree from William Carey University and has done graduate work at the University of Southern Mississippi and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. J.R. is committed to the local church and believes the body of Christ is diverse and multigenerational and that worship should express this reality. Under his leadership, the music ministry of Main Street Baptist Church will strive to draw musically from what is doctrinally sound and musically excellent, with the goal of worshipping God in genuine and authentic expressions.

Lars Stensland III
Minister of Young Families and Discipleship

Lars Stensland III joined the staff of Main Street Baptist Church as the Minister to Young Families and Discipleship on February 4, 2017. Lars was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he acquired his love for the salt air, being on the water, and crawfish boils. He graduated from William Carey University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and a minor in Literature. Lars married the love of his life, Stephanie, in 2007 and they are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Emma and Piper. Lars has served in roles as an associate pastor and youth pastor for over 15 years. He has a heart to reach families and students through Biblical teaching and Christ-centered fellowship. Lars has a strong passion for missions and over the last ten years he has organized and led more than ten mission trips that focused on evangelism, labor and outreach. His life verse is Romans 8:28, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."

Rhea Dossett
Childrens' Activity Coordinator

Rhea was born in Petal, MS and graduated from USM in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is married to Lane Dossett and has three beautiful girls, Abby, Aubrey and Avery.
Rhea joined Main Street Baptist Church in 2009 and worked with children in Vacation Bible School, Preschool programs and Mothers Day Out program before becoming Preschool Director in 2011. Rhea is looking forward to seeing growth in this area of Main Street.

Brady McElhenney
Youth Intern

Brady was born and raised in Union, MS, where he graduated from Union High School. He then went on and received a degree from East Central Community College before moving to Hattiesburg to further his education at William Carey University where he is studying History with a minor in Religion. In light of his call to ministry, Brady looks to further his education at a Southern Baptist Seminary. Brady is married to his best friend, Lalah.
Brady grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ at the age of 9. He went on to later feel called to ministry in January of 2015. His ministry experience includes that of Youth Intern at his home church of FBC Union, and also his time working two summers with Life Ways Fuge Camps where he served as a Bible study leader and the Recreation Director. Brady now enjoys serving the Lord at Main Street Baptist working with the youth and college.