Ben was born in Pennsylvania, but grew up in Tennessee He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University and served as a Tennessee State Park Ranger. He and his family spent some time in Southern California while he studied for his MDiv. at The Master’s Seminary. During that time, he primarily served with youth and children’s ministries. Ben has been married to Jen for 23 years, and the Lord has blessed them with three beautiful daughters: Ceana, Ally, and Edyn, and an awesome son-in-law, Jakson. Ben has a deep commitment to God’s Word and loves to see it impact the lives of God’s people. His favorite way to spend his free time is with his family although he also enjoys many outdoor activities.
Marlene M. Markley
Marlene came to Southside Church from San Jose, California in March of 2005. Prior to coming to Southside, she worked for Los Gatos Christian Church (now Venture Christian Church) for two years as office manager and executive assistant to the senior pastor. Before arriving at to Los Gatos Christian Church, she served as lead customer software trainer for MainStreet, Networks for six years. Marlene graduated (cum laude) from Meredith College, Raleigh, NC in 1992. She is married and has two grown children, 5 grandchildren, and nine step grandchildren.
Events & Media Director
Katelyn Woodcock is the Events & Media Director here at Southside Church. Katelyn & Randy have been married 5 years & have two boys, Wylder and Ezekiel. Having been at Southside since they were both in nursery themselves, they are passionate about serving at Southside. You will typically find Randy in the worship band on electric guitar or working with Doulos students. Throughout the week, Katelyn works as Southside’s Director of Media & Events. You will often find Katelyn behind the camera both during work hours and off the clock, as she also owns a Wedding & Portrait photography business, Katelyn McKay Photography.
Assistant to Senior Pastor
Rebecca has lived in North Carolina since 1992. She is married to the love of her life, Steve, and they have 2 adult children, Kayla and Alex. Kayla and Alex attended Three18 for over 2 years before God moved the whole family to Southside. They have been here since the summer of 2018. Since coming to Southside, Rebecca has volunteered in many ministries, including co-teaching children's Sunday school with Kayla, serving with Steve in nursery, helping with Three18 dinners, and wherever else she can be helpful. After homeschooling her kids for 16 years, Alex graduated in 2021 leaving Rebecca with extra time on her hands. The opportunity arose in December 2021 to come on staff in an administrative position, and Rebecca thought her organizational skills would make her a good fit. Outside of church, Rebecca loves spending time with her family and friends.
Jeremy Phillips is the Music Minister here at Southside Church. He and his wife, Erin, have a lifelong heart for ministry and have partnered with several different churches and ministries all over the country during their marriage. Currently living in Garner, Jeremy has spent the last decade studying and leading worship music, and he earnestly values Biblical principles of music in the church that he works to apply weekly at each Southside service and event.