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. He 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 and have two boys, Noah and Caleb. Nathan is pastoring a church in Lapeer, MI. James is in Medical School at Oakland Uniersity. Timothy married Melinda Clifton and now attends and serves at Midland Baptist Church as Youth Choir Director.
Youth Pastor Mark Simpson
Mark Simpson has been the Youth Pastor of Midland Baptist Church since 1998. He was saved in 1992 at the Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walkertown, North Carolina. He was married to Amy in 1994 in Midland, Michigan. He graduated from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville FL in 1994 as well. After graduating, he and Amy worked at Camp Tracey Children's Home for the next 2 years. In 1996 they moved back to his home church and served in the bus ministry and children's church.
In 1997, they moved to Midland, Michigan and served in the bus ministry and children's church until 1998. During that year he came on staff as Youth Pastor. They have four children: Brock, Ethan, Elijah and Zachariah.