Meet Our Staff


    Lead Pastor, Elder

    Blake White began serving as Lead Pastor at South Side on July 27, 2017. Previously he was the Campus Pastor of the Dripping Springs Campus of Austin Ridge Bible Church. Blake received a B.S. from Angelo State in 2005. He went on to earn a Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010 and then a Masters of Theology degree in Biblical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Blake is married to Alicia and they have 5 children: Josiah, Asher, Karis, Knox, and Bo. He enjoys dating his wife, playing with his kids, reading, and has written a dozen theology books. His life verse is Colossians 1:28-2:5.

    To learn more about Blake's books, visit our Blake's Books page.


    Student Minister

    Nathan began serving South Side as Student Minister in January of 2019. Nathan is a graduate of Texas Tech University and is a current student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary pursuing a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies. Nathan and his wife Katy have served churches in Texas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma before joining South Side. He and Katy have one son named Graham. Nathan longs to see students established as followers of Jesus Christ and families equipped to disciple their students in the faith.


    College Minister

    Cody was born in Lubbock, Texas, and grew up in Central Virginia.  There he attended Liberty University where he earned a B.S. in Pastoral Leadership, was a decathlete on the Track team, and met his wife, Carylynne.  They married in 2014, and in 2018 they had their first son, Gabriel.  Cody likes hanging out with family, writing, watching movies, and anything having to do with sports.  He enjoys reading anything by C.S. Lewis, John Piper, Tim Keller, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and R.C. Sproul, or any of the Christian Classics.


    Worship Minister

    Taylor Routon started serving as the worship pastor of South Side Baptist Church in March of 2018. Taylor grew up in the Texas Panhandle and attended South Plains College and Wayland Baptist university earning a bachelors degree. Taylor’s heart for the worship ministry is to center it around the Gospel of Christ. The Gospel is the power of God for salvation and his hope and aim is for people to experience the good news of the Gospel in everything at SSBC… especially the music! Taylor is married to Grace and they have two children-- Remington and Lydia.


    Early Childhood Director

    Charcy Hardin joined our staff in July 2017. Her responsibilities include overseeing the staffing and care of our nursery. Charcy is married to Justin and they have three children:  Emma, Brett, and Gracie.


    Children's Ministry Director

    Ashley came on as Children's Ministry Director in early 2016.  She graduated from Hardin-Simmons in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  From 2010-2015 she taught 5th and 2nd grade at a local elementary school.  Her heart is for children to understand the truth of the Gospel and to establish a personal relationship with Christ as their Savior and Lord.  She is married to Stephen and they have two children: Avery and Logan.   Ashley's responsibility is to oversee the Children's Ministry (Kindergarten through 5th grade).