First Baptist Church of Byram Leadership
First Baptist Church of Byram is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Dr. Brandon Powell
Brandon was called to serve as First Baptist Church of Byram's Senior Pastor September 30, 2018. Prior to that, he served as Pastor of West Laurel Baptist Church in Laurel, Mississippi. He has been happily married since 2006 to his wife, Jennifer. They have four wonderful children: Andy, Ava, Ben, and Katie.
He loves Jesus, his family, the church, and preaching the Word of God. He would love an opportunity to meet you soon!
He is a proud graduate of Blue Mountain College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2016.
Phillip considers it a true blessing to be serve as Associate Pastor here at First Baptist Church of Byram. He has lived in the Byram community since 1980, when his family moved here from South Jackson. He graduated from Byram Attendance Center and attended Hinds Community College. He married his wonderful wife Emma in 1991 and they have four children; Grant, Amy, Alison and Greg.
He served the community for 15 years on the volunteer fire department. He served as an RA teacher, adult Sunday School teacher and a deacon all here at FBC Byram. He knows without a shadow of a doubt that God used each of those experiences to prepare him for his call to the ministry. He surrendered to the ministry January 24th, 2010. After serving as pulpit supply for two years he was called as pastor to Eastside Baptist Church in Pelahatchie, MS. After serving there for five years, God called them back here to FBC Byram. He has spent a lot of time, some 38 plus years, here among this congregation, and believes you will not find a church more loving and caring than this one.
"I challenge you to come and see for yourself. I know that God will surely bless you here as He has me and my family for so many years."
Dr. Phil Odom
Minister of Music
Dr. Odom served as interim Minister of Music from October 8, 2006 until January of 2007 when he was called as part-time Minister of Music. He earned his undergraduate Master's degrees in voice and conducting from Mississippi College and his doctorate in Organization and Administration from Vanderbilt University. He is currently serving as adjunct professor in the School of Business. He is Married to Marty Odom, our church pianist. Phil and Marty have a passion for evangelism and growing ministries at First Baptist. Dr. Odom is responsible for the Children's Choir Ministry, Worship Choir and Praise Orchestra, and seasonal programs such as "Festival of Carols" , "God and Country Day", and special "Easter Pageant".
Jack earned his Bachelor of Science in History from Mississippi College before attending a year of law school at THE University of Mississippi. After working at Toccoa Wilderness Ministries, a wilderness/outdoor adventure camp in Blue Ridge, GA, he felt called to minister to teenagers. He received a Masters of Christian Education from Reformed Theological Seminary and began serving as a part-time youth minister at First Baptist Church of Byram as well as teaching full-time as a public high school teacher. Jack is married to Denise McLemore Phillips and they have two children.
Christin was born and raised in Niceville, Florida as one of five children. She is married to her husband, Travis, and is the proud mother of Amelia Grace Odom.
She is a graduate of Rocky Bayou Christian School and Belhaven University.
Prior to serving as Children's Minister here at FBC Byram, she worked as the Head of Admissions at Methodist Children's Home.
She loves missions and has served on three mission trips in Jamaica and Costa Rica. Her father was a missionary in Papua New Guinea. She is a longtime member of FBC Byram and has taught Sunday School, VBS, and a women's Bible study in her home.
She loves sports (especially soccer), movies, traveling home to visit family, going to the beach, and traveling.
Leslie is a native of Carrollton, MS and a proud graduate of The University of Mississippi. While in school at Ole Miss, she discovered her passion for working with children and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After college, she taught elementary school in her hometown during the year. Each summer she taught children about missions at Camp Garaywa in Clinton. It was during her time at Garaywa that God really began to shape her heart and gave her the desire to not just educate children academically but share the love of Christ with them as well. She began searching for opportunities that would combine her love of ministry and education. Finally, after seven years of teaching elementary and preschool, she stepped out of the classroom and into the role of director of the daycare/preschool ministry at a church outside of Jackson. She served there for the next five years until she became the Kindergarten/Daycare director at FBC Byram in 2016. Leslie and her husband Chris, currently live near Wesson, MS with their son, Fisher.
Amanda was born in Red Bluff, CA but has called Mississippi home since 1995. She has been a part of the Byram community for about 18 years and is a member of Wynndale Baptist Church. She graduated from Southern Miss with a degree in Business Administration.
She has 13 years of experience as a Financial/Church Secretary prior to coming to FBC Byram in 2020.
She is married to her husband, Kevin, and has two children, Mason and Megan. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.