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Steve Shaffer


Steve and his wife, Becky, joined Lee Acres in 2017 after serving the church in Carbondale, IL for over 13 years. He holds MDiv and Dmin degrees from Abilene Christian University, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Amridge University, MS in Optics from the University of Rochester, and BS in Physics from ACU. Prior to entering ministry, Steve worked for Eastman Kodak for 17 years. He has five children. He has a passion for congregational ministry, church leadership, and spiritual formation.

Derek Nichols

Youth Minister

Derek joined Lee Acres in 2013. He is a graduate of Auburn University and is currently also pursuing a master's degree from Harding School of Theology in Memphis, TN. For three years he served as a Campus Ministry Intern at the Auburn Christian Student Center. He is married to Shannon.

Dale Carr

Seniors and Family Minister

Dale served in the United States Army for 20 years before he entered congregational ministry. He has worked in churches in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. For 28 years he was the Senior Minister for the Oak Ridge Christian Church in Tupelo and then joined Lee Acres as the Interim Minister before transitioning to his current role. He and his wife, Inge, have four children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Donna Griffin

Administrative Assistant

Donna joined the Lee Acres staff in February 2013. She is a native of Northeast Mississippi, though she spent over twenty years in California. She and her husband, Brian, are members of the First Christian Church in Baldwyn.

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