Non-Staff Elders


South Side Baptist Church is led by a group of men called Elders.  Some of the Elders are staff pastors and some are laymen.  These lay Elders, or non-staff Elders, are listed here.

  • Russell Ueckert (Linda)

    Russell and his wife Linda have been members of SSBC since 2007. He is a veterinarian in Abilene. Russell oversees the Men's Ministry at South Side. He and Linda have two grown daughters.

  • Scott Kemp (Linda)

    Scott and his wife Linda have been members of South Side since 2002. He is retired and serves as a volunteer consultant in our church office. Scott and Linda have three grown children and one grandchild. Scott is the elder liaison to the Stewardship Team and the Home Group ministry and has helped facilitate some of our family mission trips.


  • Patrick Heard (Ann)

    Patrick and his wife Ann have been members of SSBC since 2010. He is employed as a counselor here in Abilene. Patrick oversees the training and equipping of the Bible Study teachers here at South Side. He and Ann have two grown children.


  • Gene Goodwin (Leah)

    Gene has been a member of South Side since 1998. He and Leah are enjoying retirement. Gene's areas of responsibility are the Deacon Ministry, Christian Caregiving Ministry, and facilities. Gene and Leah have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.


  • W.O. Elmore (Mendi)

    W.O. has been a member of South Side since 2007. W.O. is a self-employed paralegal. He and his wife, Mendi, have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. W.O. and Mendi currently work in our Children's Ministry and Worship Ministry.