Say hello to the staff at Southside Christian Church!

Meet our staff

Say hello to the leadership team at Southside Christian Church.

Seth Widner - Lead Pastor

Seth is the husband of Melissa and the daddy of Judah, Ellie & Brielle. He is passionate about connecting God’s Word to the hearts of people. His book ‘One Flesh Revolution’ is available on Amazon & has been equipping husbands and wives to follow Christ’s design for marriage since 2012. Seth loves to laugh, do yard work, host neighborhood cookouts, watch Hulu with Melissa, play with his kids, work-out, fish, hike, watch Tennessee football and tell Chuck Norris jokes.


Ronnie Ping - Missions & Care Pastor

Ronnie serves in the areas of missions and pastoral care. He has been serving at Southside for 32 years. That's right...32! Ronnie has experienced the hand of the Lord in many ways during his time at Southside. His favorite verse, Romans 8:28, continues to motivate him as Southside moves forward and he is passionate about seeing folks come to know the Lord in a deeper way. He also loves catching a few fish now and again.


Matthey Riley - Associate Pastor

Matthew is Rachel’s husband and Piper, Sloane, and Simon’s daddy. He’s passionate about spending time with people and sharing the stories of Jesus with them. He loves being with his family especially when they can all pile into the car and go on a family trip. Matthew enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and just being outdoors. He drinks too much coffee, refuses to stop driving his old 4Runner, and will gladly sit and talk with you about anything mentioned above.


Kacy Mayes - Children's Ministry Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Kacy is our Children's Ministry Coordinator and mom to Devin, Ava, and Lyvia. Kacy enjoys cookouts, spending time with her family and friends, and camping or beach vacations. Kacy's passion for kids' growing their relationships with Jesus is what drives her to share God's love with kids in our church and community.


Austin Vaughn - Middle/High School Ministry

Austin is the dad of three beautiful daughters and the husband of Mariah. He is passionate about building relationships with the youth and helping them build their relationship with Christ. Austin has been the middle school and high school pastor at Southside since October of 2019, but has been working with youth since 2011. Austin’s hobbies include playing basketball with the youth group, playing 2k on PlayStation, watching NBA games, and hanging out with his friends and family. Austin’s life verse is John 3:30. “He must become greater, I must become less.”


Season Prewitt - Worship Coordinator

Season currently serves as the Worship Coordinator here at Southside. She is married to Clifton (aka “Cliff” to everyone else) and has two daughters, Brinkley and Elle and two super adorable goldendoodles, Cici and Sophie. She loves leading worship, serving as a youth coach, watching her kids play sports and spending time at home cooking and yes, cleaning. 


Donna Hicks - Custodian/Office Assistant

Donna is the custodian, office assistant and church-wide Moomaw here at Southside and has served here since 2003. She has two daughters Kattie and Michelle and five grandchildren who all serve here also. In her free time she loves to cook and spend time with her family. Her words to live by are "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).