About Us

Pastor Jim Payne

Jim Payne has been the Pastor of Midland Baptist Church since 1992. He was saved in 1980 at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. He was married to Tracy in 1980 in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and graduated from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida in 1987. The same year he and his family moved to Purham, Minnesota and began pastoring the Bible Baptist Church. In 1992 they moved to Midland and have faithfully served in the pastorate here ministering to God's people and teaching and preaching God's Word.

The Payne family includes three children: Bethany, James, and Timothy. Bethany graduated from Crown College and was married in 2005 to Nathan Gregory. They and their four kids: Noah, Caleb, Shiloh, and Benjamin now reside in Haslett, Michigan and attend Solid Rock Baptist Church where Nathan pastors. James and his wife Mary have two kids, Scarlett and Christian who currently reside in Columbus, Ohio, where James works as a Urologist. Timothy and his wife Melinda have two kids, Micah and Makenzie and live in Jackson, Michigan where Timothy works as a Senior Financial Analyst.

Click here to read a personal message from Pastor Payne.

Youth Pastor Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson has been the Youth Pastor of Midland Baptist Church since 1998. He was saved in 1992
at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walkertown, North Carolina. He was married to Amy in 1994, in that year, he graduated from Trinity Baptist College and began working at Camp Tracey Children's Home. In 1997 the Simpsons moved to Midland and served in the Midland Baptist bus ministry and children's church until he came on staff as our full-time Youth Pastor. Mark and Amy have four children: Brock, Ethan, Elijah and Zachariah.

Assistant Pastor Scott Haught
Scott Haught has been the Assistant Pastor of Midland Baptist Church since 2018. He was saved in 1977 under the ministry of Pastor Jack Caldwell, Calvary Baptist Church in Dundalk, Maryland. Scott served in the US Navy from 1991-1995. He was married to Jennifer in 1996 in Grant, Michigan, as they met at The Crown College in Powell, Tennessee. He graduated and went on to obtain his Masters of Religious Education degree from The Baptist College of America in Kokomo, Indiana. The Haught’s moved to Midland and have faithfully served at the church since 2007. Scott and Jennifer have five children: Abigail, Alayna, Bethany, Leah, and Rebecca.