Meet the Team!

Our Ministry Staff

Our team can’t wait to welcome and connect with you. Please fill out the online connect card, so we can reach out to you.

Phillip Short 
Senior Pastor

After serving in churches all over Florida, Phillip joined our team in 2019. During Phillip’s sophomore year of college, he received his call to ministry. He ran from it, wrestled with it, and surrendered to it. Phillip loves to preach, worship, and walk with Christ. He describes himself as “a life-long work in progress.” He enjoys sports, fishing, hiking, reading, story-telling, good conversation, and laughter.

Dale Tedder
Discipleship Pastor

Dale first joined our staff in the 90's and serves primarily as the Minister of Discipleship for our church.  He has a passion for leading men in how to serve God. He enjoys spending time with his family and, depending on the year, watching University of Georgia Football.

Ian Stake

 Connections Pastor

What doesn’t Ian do? His official title is Minister of Evangelism, but Ian also serves as Contemporary Worship Leader, Next Steps Director, video coordinator, technical director, and missions’ supporter. Ian can often be found at Starbucks meeting with new and old friends.

Angie Cosper
Children's Ministries

Angie has been with SUMC for over 10 years! She loves Jesus and has a heart for serving children in our church and community . In addition to serving our children, she also is involved  our partnership with our neighborhood elementary school.

Amy Franks
Student Ministries
Missions & Prayer Team

Amy has been serving the youth and women of Southside for several years.  Her genuine love for Jesus permeates all she does! She loves connecting with others and sharing the love of Christ through missions.

Leslie DeVooght

Director of Women's Ministry

Leslie serves as the Director of Women’s ministries, encouraging and supporting women with faith, love, and laughter. Leslie also writes inspirational southern romance and posts devotions and flash fiction regularly on her website. She loves to read, especially Christian fiction.

Melissa Frankie

Office & Facilities Manager

Melissa has been an integral part of Southside UMC for over 7 years! She enjoys interacting with members and visitors of the church and helping them get plugged in. In her free time Melissa can be found at the baseball field cheering on her son!

Darren Dailey

Director of Traditional Worship

Darren joined the ministry team at Southside United Methodist Church as the Director of Traditional Music in 2011. He enjoys ballroom dancing, traveling, hiking, reading, good conversation, and laughter.