southern hills Leadership Team

  • Josh Teis - LEad Pastor

    Josh Teis grew up in a pastor’s family in Las Vegas, Nevada. At a young age put his trust in Jesus as Savior and surrendered to full-time ministry at 15. He earned his BA in Pastoral Theology from Pensacola Christian College where he met his wife, Heather. He’s received his MA from Pensacola Theological Seminary and M-Div from Liberty University. Josh and Heather minister in Las Vegas at Southern Hills Baptist Church, a wonderful congregation which they established together nearly 14 years ago. The church has grown to over 1,000 in membership and continues to see even more in weekly attendance. They have one son, Jonathan David, and two daughters, Savannah Tyler and Scarlett Noel.

    Fun Facts:

    Favorite Superhero: Batman                                      Favorite Restaurant: Texas Roadhouse

    Favorite Song: Who Am I (Casting Crowns)             Favorite Bible Hero: Timothy

    Favorite App: Facebook                                              Favorite Moment: Coffee with Friends

    Favorite Team: Alabama Football                              Big Fan Of: All Things Disney



  • Fred Murray - Executive Pastor

    Pastor Fred Murray is a Las Vegas native. Fred attended college at Pensacola Christian College and graduated with his Bachelor’s degree and his Master’s in Bible Exposition from Pensacola Theological Seminary. Fred recently earned an additional Master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Liberty University. God brought Fred to Southern Hills Baptist Church in 2007 where he serves as the Executive Pastor. Fred and Kelly have two sons named Shepherd and Liam. As Executive Pastor, Fred supports and implements the vision of the church by overseeing the business and legal areas and provides financial counseling.

    Fun Facts:

    Loves the Dallas Cowboys and the Vegas Golden Knights

    Will only drive Hondas

    Loves Chicken Parmesan


  • Jason Coombes - Program Pastor

    Pastor Jason Coombes grew up in a pastor’s home in the state of Indiana. The early influence of the Bible and godly parents allowed Jason to see his need of salvation at age seven. Since that time, the Lord has guided him to serve in full-time ministry. At Pensacola Christian College, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in sacred music. While at college, Jason met his wife, Kimberly who also has a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in music. They were married in June of 2001. As Program Pastor, Jason leads Sunday morning worship, directs the choir, plans church-wide events, and organizes the volunteer ministry.


  • Cindy Hammons - Executive Assistant & Office Director

    Cindy is from Southern California and is a food junkie and as a result loves to exercise. Her and her husband Glen are founding members of Southern Hills. They have five kids who are the joy of their lives. Cindy has been on staff since 2010 and is the Executive Assistant to Pastor Fred Murray. Her hard work and organization are a huge help to the ministry. As Executive Assistant, Cindy works to support Pastor Fred in business areas of correspondence, communication, and project management. As Office Director, she assists in providing a high-level of support  in the church's executive level as well as fulfills supervisory duties over other administrative assistants and secretaries.

    Fun Facts:

    Tajin Lover

    Loves gluten, but can't eat it

    Prefers UPS over FedEX

  • anna Solis - Lead Program Assistant

    Anna was born and raised in Coastal Georgia.  At six years old, in her home after AWANA, she prayed and accepted Christ as Savior. Anna has a passion for music and literature that she pursued throughout high school and college where she completed degrees in English. She became a member of Southern Hills when her family moved to Las Vegas in August of 2004. It was at Southern Hills that she met her husband Derek whom she married in 2013, and in February 2018, their miracle baby was born. Anna joined the staff of Southern Hills Baptist Church in June of 2016. As Lead Program Assistant, Anna assists Pastor Jason Coombes with preparing music for each Sunday, planning church-wide events, and organizing volunteer ministries.

    Fun facts:

    Is learning to speak Tagalog

    Loves the ocean but not the beach

    Prefers tea over coffee but drinks both

  • Chris Owens - Small Group Pastor

    Chris was born and raised in Colorado. He attended college at Pensacola Christian College and Theological Seminary and also a Doctorate degree from Covington Theological Seminary. He has served as a youth pastor in California, and a senior pastor in Florida. Chris and his wife, Melissa have 3 children named Callie, Parker, and Chloe.  As Small Groups Pastor, Chris is responsible to equip current leaders with necessary resources and training for their groups, and also help prospective leaders begin, grow, and retain members in new small groups.

    Fun facts:

    Favorite teams: Avalanche, Broncos, and Rockies

    Favorite food: Steak, blue rare

    Favorite authors: N.T. Wright, Eric Metaxas, and Malcolm Gladwell

    Knows who wrote the book of Hebrews

  • Caleb sargent - youth pastor

    Caleb was born and raised in a Christian home in the New England area. When he was 13, his family moved to Murfreesboro, TN, where Caleb attended Christian school and surrendered to full-time ministry at the age of fourteen. Caleb completed his undergraduate degree in Pastoral Theology in 2010 and his graduate degree in Bible in 2011 from West Coast Baptist College. Caleb married the love of his life, Ruthy, in 2011 and together they are expecting their first son in October 2018. Filled with an obvious love and enthusiasm for teenagers, Caleb served as a youth pastor for seven years in Houston, TX before God called him to serve as the youth pastor for Southern Hills. 

    Fun Facts: 

    Favorite Teams: Boston Red Sox & New England Patriots

    Favorite Things: REI, #DemoDay, & San Diego beaches

  • Blake Hunt - church host

    Blake was born and raised in New Jersey. At the age of eighteen he surrendered to vocational ministry. This lead him to a Bachelor of Arts degree at Pensacola Christian College, where he fell in love with his wife, Lisa. After school Blake worked in the corporate world for two years, before being called to Southern Hills. Blake and Lisa have one son named Liam. As Church Host, Blake assists guests in their first steps at Southern Hills, as well as teaching the newcomers class on Sundays.

    Fun facts:

    Favorite movie: Rocky

    Favorite Food: Philly Cheesesteak

    Baseball Team: Philadelphia Phillies

  • Heather Teis - Lead pastor's wife & women's Ministry

    Heather has served in ministry alongside of her husband Josh since their marriage in 2001. Originally from Alabama, she has since grown to love the city and people of Las Vegas. She enjoys hiking with her family, watching her kids play sports, rooting for Alabama Football, and getting alone with a good book and some chocolate. She loves serving as a counselor and coordinator for the Ladies ministry as well as assisting her husband with the various ministries at Southern Hills. As Lead Pastor's Wife and Women's Ministry Leader, Heather is available for premarital, marital, and ladies' counseling. She also coordinates the quarterly ladies events, speaks at conferences, hosts church-wide events alongside her husband, and assists in office responsibilities as needed.

    Fun facts:

    Favorite superhero is Black Widow

    Dedicated Alabama Football fan

    Goat fanatic

    Gets super excited whenever she can find white grapefruit


  • Mikel Simmons ii - Media Coordinator

    Mikel has lived in Las Vegas his entire life. At the age of 4, he accepted Christ as his Savior. He attended Liberty Baptist Academy throughout high school, then after graduating high school, he attended Pensacola Christian College where he graduated with a Bible degree. Mikel currently serves as the media director and prays that God would use his passions for media and music to further the Gospel here in Las Vegas. As Media Coordinator, Mikel oversees all the content on the church’s social media. Also, he prepares all the media for the Sunday morning services.

    Fun facts:

    Half black and half Filipino

    Golden State Warriors fan

    6'7" short

    Wears a size 16 shoe

  • Kylie Suttle - Missions Coordinator

    Kylie Suttle was born and raised in Florida where she received Christ at the age of four. Kylie spent seven years in Southern California; four of those years she studied to receive her bachelor’s in 2014 from West Coast Baptist College. In 2015 she finished her Master’s while continuing to work on staff for the college.  Kylie’s position as Missions Coordinator allows her to be completely immersed in assisting our local and international missionaries in their works. A huge passion of hers is understanding culture and connecting other cultures to Christ. She comments, “It’s amazing how that no matter where you travel in the world to visit fellow Christians, from Vegas to Vanuatu, our God is the same God.” 

    Fun Facts: 
    Adventure enthusiast
    Coffee connoisseur

  • Melanie Graves - Pastoral Assistant

    Melanie was born and raised in Kaufman, Texas. After graduating from high school, she worked at the Baptist General Convention of Texas in Dallas for 10 years. While there, she met and married her husband, Gary. They Have two children, Jessica and Jonathan. Melanie loves living here in the desert surrounded by mountains and being able to hike. She’s constantly in awe of God’s beauty! As Lead Pastor’s Assistant, Melanie assists Pastor Josh Teis and Mrs. Heather Teis with appointment scheduling and prayer requests. She is also the Connect Desk Receptionist.

  • Emily Lanting - Bookkeeper

    Emily was born to Christian parents and raised in southwest Louisiana, receiving Christ at the age of seven. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ouachita Baptist University and has worked in accounting and accounting management positions for several different companies. She and her husband, Eric, have been members of Southern Hills since 2008. They have three children: Grace, John and Mark.

  • nate curry - program assistant

    Nate was born in 1994 into a pastor's home in North Carolina, and accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of four. Though resistant at first, the Lord guided Nate into studying for full-time Christian ministry. In 2016, Nate graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry. As Program Assistant, Nate assists Pastor Jason Coombes with facility prep, planning church-wide events, and volunteer ministries. He also holds a production manager role on Sunday mornings. 

  • Akeem and Jaime Smith - Church Planters to Oakland, Ca

  • Brandon and Kate Snook - Missionaries to Togo