Paula Byars - Director, HisHeart

Paula Stodghill became the Executive Director of HIS Heart and Missions Pastor of Calvary in June 2013. Paula grew up on a farm in north Louisiana.  She graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in Elementary Education. While at MC, Paula met her future husband Flint.  They married in 1992 and have raised two daughters, Racheal and Hope.  

Paula taught elementary school for 18 years, and has also served in children and youth ministry in several churches in Mississippi and Louisiana.   She has also served as GA camp director in Alto, Louisiana for three years and led Bible School on a mission journey to Luanda, Africa. 

John Mark Coon - Worship Arts Pastor

John Mark has been passionate about using his creative talents in worship ministry for 20 years.  John Mark feels blessed to combine his love of music, drama, visual expression, and community development as he serves as Worship Arts Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church.


With the support of his wife, Sharon, and his 3 children, John Mark desires to enthusiastically lead and shepherd Calvary’s church members as they find ways to use the worship arts to serve the community surrounding 1300 West Capitol St and show Christ’s love in every aspect of their worship and service. John Mark loves the fact that God knows His plan and purpose for each one of us and believes with all of his heart that he has found his.


Our Staff

Linda A. Smith - Pastor

Linda became the 11th pastor of Calvary in June 2013.  Calvary is Linda's home church.   She graduated from William Carey College and Southwestern Seminary.   She served as Youth Minister at FBC, Summit, Ms and FBC, Canton, MS.   


Linda was an IMB missionary to Hong Kong from 1991-1998.   Linda came back to Calvary in 1998 to lead the church in beginning a Community Ministries to minister to the people in Calvary's Jerusalem.   A ministry called HIS Heart began.   Linda led this ministry until her calling as pastor of Calvary in 2013.


Joel Weathers - Assistant Director

                             Youth, HisHeart

Joel serves on the His Heart Staff as Assistant Director and Youth Pastor. 
He joined the staff in September of 2019. 
Joel is a native of Jackson, MS and graduated from Jim Hill High School and Jackson State University with a Bachelors of Administration in Entrepreneurship in 2014. 


We were blessed to meet Joel through our long partnership with St. Luther M.B. Church and Deacon Willis Bridges. Willis Bridges is Joel’s mentor. 
We are blessed to have Joel as a part of our team. We look forward to what God has for the lives of our young people.