Who We Are

Our Mission, Model and People.

Our Mission

Matthew 28:19-20

Woodland’s primary reason for existing is the same as any gospel church that obeys the teaching of Scripture, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Our Model

We are an active Church Family.

WBC is a staff led church with supportive deacon ministry and congregationally led ministry teams. We are a cooperating church in the Southern Baptist Convention and actively involved in the Golden Triangle Baptist Association. We strive to minister to all people in our local community through several forms of gospel ministry. We are a moderate size congregation with approximately 70 families regularly involved in ministry.

Our Pastor - Dr. Shelby Hazzard

Our pastor is Dr. Shelby Logan Hazzard, formerly of Greenville, MS. He and his wife Angie have been married for 16 years and have four children, Logan, Mary Lauren, Micah, and Chloe. They are all very involved in the life of Woodland and love their new church home and Columbus, MS.

Shelby completed his BBA in 1992 and MBA in 2000 from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, and worked in the private and corporate sector for fifteen years. He was saved in the summer of 1996 and by 2001 realized God had gifted him for preaching and pastoral ministry. He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 2002-2006 and earned a Master of Divinity Degree with biblical languages and returned for doctoral work in 2008 which he recently completed.

Shelby has served Christ’s Church in a multitude of roles from a volunteer in senior adult ministry, media ministry, to youth ministry, children’s ministry and now as senior pastor. As ordained staff, he has served churches in Texas and Mississippi as youth minister, missions pastor and senior pastor.

Shelby has been the pastor of Woodland Baptist Church since January of 2012. He can be found most days at the church or his home in Steens, MS, and enjoys restoring antique cars, specifically war era jeeps, and regular fellowship with the flock of WBC.

Student Ministries - Brad Wright

Brad Wright joined the Woodland Baptist staff as Student Minister in April of 2011 and has been with us for 6 years. He has served in student ministry for 16 years in various areas and capacities. Brad is a online student with Liberty University pursuing a degree in Religion. He has been married to Susan for 15 years and they have three children, Cadie, Jonah and Isaac. Brad has a HUGE heart for students to KNOW Christ, GROW in their relationship with Christ, and make Christ KNOWN throughout the world.

Brad’s life verses are "5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6.

Music Minister - Randy Comer

facebook: Randy Comer

Randy and his wife Susan were married in 1988 and joined Woodland Baptist Church in 1990. He was ordained as a deacon in 1995 at WBC.

In 1998, Randy was transferred to Camden, Alabama with the United States Army Corps of Engineers. By this time, they had been blessed with four children, Anna, Jessica, Jonathan, and Caleb. After six  years in Alabama, the Lord moved them back to Columbus, MS and they rejoined Woodland Baptist Church.

In 2008, Randy accepted the call to serve as the music minister. The Lord has blessed Woodland with lots of musical talent, and this has allowed the music ministry to continue to grow. We now have a worship band that serves each week during the scheduled worship services. We offer summer music classes for children that include hand chimes and singing. Randy enjoys playing guitar and piano, and keeping up with the children and grandchild.

Romans 8:28 is one of Randy's favorite verses in the Bible. "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." - ESV

Administrative Assistant - Debbie Lawrence

Debbie joined our staff in 2015 and helps to support the staff and membership in multiple ways. She grew up in New Hope and has been active in church all her life. She has played piano, organ and taught Sunday School and VBS through the years. Debbie has two daughters, DeAnna and DeLayne. DeAnna is married to Jason Stricklin and has her two grandsons, Joshua and David. They are a joy to be around and she loves to spend time with them!