Our Staff


Pastor Stephen Bittick

Pastor Bittick is a native Mississippian born in Vicksburg. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS and a 2005 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. He served 4 years at Fannin United Methodist Church in Brandon, MS. He also planted Life Bridge Church in Southaven, MS 2009-2012. Prior to his call to pastoral ministry he was in real estate but his passion is now focused on seeing people come to know Christ and making Him known. Stephen has been married to Cassie Bittick since 1990. They have 3 beautiful daughters Stephanie, Maria, and Hanna Rose. Pastor Bittick has been serving Byhalia United Methodist Church since June 2012.  Contact via the church office or via email at pastor@byhaliaumc.org


Carole Rucker, Children's Ministry Coordinator

Carole Rucker is a faithful member of Byhalia United Methodist Church.  Carole received her BCBC specializing in youth and children from Light University in 2008.  In 2014 Carole joined our Lay Ministry.  Because of her love of Jesus and all children she stepped up to become our Children's Ministry Coordinator in February 2015.  Carole has a son, daughter-in-law, and a grandson. Being a mother and grandmother provided excellent on-the-job training for Children's Ministry. You may leave a message for Carole at the church office or email her at children@byhaliaumc.org


Jonathan Simpson, Youth Pastor

Jonathan has served in several ministries across the mid-south, most recently at Hope Church in Cordova assisting in their youth program. Jonathan has a passion for leading students to a relationship with Christ and helping them not only to share their faith, but to be able to clearly articulate "why" they believe what they believe. He plays guitar, sings, and has extensive experience in "running sound." Jonathan is also a weekend DJ and videographer. He attends Union University where he is finishing up his degree in Divinity and he is the proud husband of his beautiful wife Michele.  Jonathan is very well-rounded which makes it easier for the youth to relate to him and enjoy his company.  He does a great job in keeping them involved and growing in their faith. To contact Jonathan you may leave a message at the church office or email him at youth@byhaliaumc.org