At 6.14 Ministries, we have a passion for equipping local churches with the tools, knowledge, inspiration and resources that they need to better impact their communities with the Gospel of Jesus. Our board members, directors, and leadership team are ready to help you do just that. Take a minute to get to know us a little better.
Pastor Stan Givens attended Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Alabama, where he met his wife Annette and graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Theology. He served in various ministry roles for several years in Birmingham before taking the position of lead pastor at Northside Bible Church in Mobile, Alabama in 2000. A native of Mobile, Stan actually attended Northside as a child under the teachings of founding Pastor David Jones for many years.
Stan and Annette have three children — Joshua, Caleb and Mary — the eldest of which serves as Communications Director for both Northside and 6.14 Ministries. Pastor Stan is a board member of East European Harvest and an active supporting member of Team Jesus Ministries. In addition to his pastoral work, Stan has led dozens of overseas missions trips, most notably to Romania, Hungary, Uganda and The Dominican Republic. When he's not at church, you can find him bowhunting, playing guitar, or spending time with his family.
Dave Nielsen attended Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Alabama where he also met his wife Shelly and subsequently graduated in 1994 with a degree in Christian Education and Counseling. He would go on to serve in a variety of roles in both churches and in Christian schools before becoming the Executive Director of Nielsen Ministries Inc.
Dave started his ministry in 2004 and was initially traveling, singing, and preaching full time, until his health challenges began to limit him. Although he still travels on occasion, Dave has begun to focus less on the platform ministry and now more intentionally on the marriage and family counseling and discipleship aspect of his ministry. He also has a passion for missions and often travels to Liberia (where his wife grew up) to teach, train, disciple, and mentor local pastors in the region.
Dave and Shelly have two children — Leah and Josiah — the latter of whom was born in 1998 and is their "special" needs son and has blessed their lives immensely. "Si," as he is lovingly referred to by friends and family, struggles in many areas, but has a strength and resilience to love people and to love Jesus. Leah, born in 2001, is an honors student and very gifted volleyball player. She has a heart for the Lord, is a lover and leader of people, and is currently planning on pursing a volleyball scholarship with a desire to teach math.
As a college student, Dave sat under Pastor Stan's early teachings and then later served alongside him on staff in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to his pastoral work, Dave also educated both in the professional and personal world on financial stewardship. His heartbeat for who he is and who he leads is captured best in their family motto: "Love Jesus & Love Others, Serve Jesus & Serve Others."
Les Wright is a business owner from Birmingham, Alabama who has enjoyed several years serving in full-time, part-time, and volunteer ministry roles, particularly those that involve sharing Jesus and the message of the Gospel with kids of all ages. He holds a degree in Finance from the University of Alabama Birmingham and has also had the benefit of receiving discipleship and ministry training from Pastor Stan more than 25 years ago.
Les is a member of the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham and is blessed to have three amazing girls in his life: His wife Kelli, and their two daughters Anna Kate and Abbie. He's currently focusing on a recent shift to men's ministry opportunities and is passionate about challenging men in the business world to excel in all areas of their lives and in their families.
In his spare time, Les enjoys spending time with his family and taking part in just about any outdoor activity.
Pastor Brian Marchant holds degrees in English from Darton State College and Albany State University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Christian Ministry from Liberty University. He has spent the past 40 years in Christian service, beginning first as a youth leader and camp worker and now as the full-time pastor of Poplar Arbor Church near Doerun, Georgia.
Pastor Brian taught high school English for several years and he is currently serving as an administrator for Heritage Academy in Sale City, Georgia. His wife Dina founded the school in 2011 and together they have watched it grow over the past seven years to become successfully respected in the local community which it serves.
As the pastor of a small church in a rural area, Brian is quite familiar with the need for a ministry like 6.14. His ties with Pastor Stan go back several years through the work of Camp Eunice, a youth summer Bible camp located in Roberta, Georgia. He has worked alongside Pastor Stan as the camp has evolved into the 21st Century and is now anticipating the continual development of 6.14 Ministries and his partnership with it. He and Mrs. Dina are blessed with seven children and two grandchildren.
Charles Ford holds undergraduate degrees in Design Drafting, Biblical Studies, and Counseling Foundation, graduation degrees in Education as well as Historic Preservation, and a Doctoral degree in Education Administration. Charles has taught for more than 20 years with experience in K-12 education, for-profit education, and Christian higher education.
In addition to teaching at Samford University, Charles has experience leading small group studies ranging in topics that include hermeneutic studies, a study on the names of God, and financial freedom. For the past four years, Charles and his family have been an active part of missions to the Yezidi people in Lincoln, Nebraska.
He is married to Heather Hayes Ford and together they have two children: Sarah and Will.
Josh received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications with a track in broadcast journalism from the University of South Alabama in 2010, where he also minored in classic English literature. In 2008, he spent a year at Valdosta State University in Georgia studying international media and public relations, as well as web and graphic design, before returning to USA in 2010 for his final year and graduation.
At 6.14 Ministries, Josh is responsible for designing and maintaining our website, social media, digital presentations, and marketing and promotional materials. He also hosts our weekly podcast — Rescuing Churches — which focuses on church revitalization and pastoral issues along with Executive Director Stan Givens. On revitalization trips, Josh is tasked with training local church staff and volunteers in the implementation of digital media into their services and ministries in order to enhance effectiveness in communications.
At Northside Bible Church in Mobile, Josh serves on staff as the full-time Communications Director, designing the weekly worship and sermon media, managing the website, blogs, podcasts, and social media accounts. He also serves as lead acoustic rhythm guitarist on Sunday mornings for the worship band.
Josh writes regularly at The Josh Givens Blog about all things Church Communications. If you'd like to request him to speak at your next church conference or seminar, you can fill out the speaking request form on his site by clicking here.
An eight-year Army veteran with a passion for technology and Jesus, Michael served two campaigns in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. In 2016, he came to Northside Bible Church in Mobile after his wife Cindy had already been attending for about a year. The Howards had almost given up on finding a church where they could fit in, but Cindy found herself so enamored with Northside's welcoming atmosphere and friendly people that she couldn't help but to make a return visit and even attend some small group classes.
Mike soon met Stan and before long he was serving with the church's media production team, filming the weekly services for the Facebook Page, and editing the sermon audio for the church website and podcast. He says he's been married to Cindy "forever" and honestly can't even remember a time that he was single, which might explain the five kids (three boys and two girls.) He describes himself as "duty-driven" and has pledged to serve and protect people of all races, creeds, and nationalities, regardless of their backgrounds.
At 6.14 Ministries, Mike is responsible for recording and editing our weekly podcast sessions and stays in regular contact with our Communications Director Josh Givens to ensure quality production, content scheduling, and track audience engagement.
Kent Smith graduated from Southeastern Bible College in 1995 with a degree in Biblical Studies and would subsequently go on to become an Alabama state trooper, a position in which he has been serving for over 17 years now. He has also been a tactical flight officer in the official state trooper aviation unit for 10 years, while overseeing Project Life Saver, a program in which he is able to educate law enforcement agencies on how to search for missing individuals with cognitive disorders.
During his time at Southeastern, Kent met his wife Stacy, who was double-majoring in Physical Education and Church Education Counseling. They were married in January 1995 and now have three children: Camden, Sadie, and Kallie. Camden, the oldest, will soon be attending Auburn University and plans to pursue a career in professional flight with ambitions to become a commercial pilot. He has been on multiple missions trips and has a heart for sharing the Gospel. Sadie is currently considering going into nursing and Kallie, who is still a sophomore in high school, is contemplating her options. All three are strong believers and remain heavily involved in church ministry.
Kent came to Christ at the tender age of 10 while at a summer kid's camp, but it wasn't until college that the "real transformation" occurred in his life. Before attending Southeastern, he had a brief stint at Montevallo University, where he got involved in Campus Outreach. This carried over to his days at Southeastern, and later to his time at Shades Mountain Independent Church in Birmingham (now Shades Mountain Community Church), where Stan Givens was leading the college ministry at the time. Kent spent much time in prayer about what direction he should seek for his life and the Lord soon led him down the path of becoming a trooper, which, in Kent's words, has been a "phenomenal ministry opportunity."
Currently, he and Stacy are serving in the high school ministry at SMCC in Birmingham as youth leaders. In his downtime, Kent enjoys hunting, as well as taking camping trips with his family.
Austin graduated from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and was soon recruited by the publishing company Southern Progress Corporation where he worked in graphic design for almost 10 years and eventually became Assistant Art Director and Art Director of national magazines such as Cooking Light and Weight Watchers. His artistic focus later shifted to the home improvement business world, and he eventually became the co-founder and owner of Old House Renovations Inc., a home renovation and design company serving clients in and around Birmingham for more than 15 years.
Currently, Austin is working as the Construction and Logistics Lead for Cottage Supply Company Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama.
He's been a longtime member of Shades Mountain Community Church in Hoover and has had the honor of serving as a deacon there for six years. Austin's love for Christ, coupled with his passionate desire to serve the local church body, have led him into a variety of volunteer ministry roles — from children's ministries to volunteering on the Security Team to tackling church building projects to organizing international missions trips in places like the Dominican Republic.
Since his young adult days, Austin has spiritually benefitted from Stan Givens' faithful discipleship and mentoring. On several occasions, he had the privilege of partnering with Stan and Northside Bible Church to spread the Gospel on missions trips to the Dominican Republic, as well as at community outreach events like the Team Jesus Ministries Kid's Fishing Day in Mobile, Alabama.
Austin is married to Adrienne and together they have two sons: Matthew and Evan.
A native of "The Bayou," Kendall hails from Louisiana and has been an elder, shepherd, and teacher at Northside Bible Church for a number of years. With theology degrees from Springhill College and Oklahoma Wesleyan Christian University (formerly Bartlesville Wesleyan College), Kendall is well-versed in an array of biblical subjects ranging from New Testament church history to New Testament contextual theology. His insight, knowledge, and wisdom have become an indispensable part of Northside's ministry. He is married to Sarah Rogers and together they have two children.
Nancy graduated from Mobile College (now the University of Mobile) in 1991 with a degree in Computer Science. She worked in the banking field and was a hardware/software specialist in the engineering industry. In addition to her tech-related jobs, Nancy also owned and operated a small home-based sewing business. She would later return to the University of Mobile to work in the Marketing and Advancement departments, where she received donations, created reports, maintained the donor database, and assisted the marketing department with publications and internal billing.
Nancy and her husband Phillip met as teenagers in their church and were married in 1991. After a long career in law enforcement, Phil became the pastor of Midway Baptist Church in Lucedale, Mississippi where Nancy enjoyed teaching ladies Bible studies, serving on the worship team, and occasionally leading worship. They are now members of One Hope Mobile Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama where she is a keyboardist and vocalist for the worship team.
At 6.14 Ministries, Nancy serves as our bookkeeper and administrative assistant working behind-the-scenes supporting our ability to function as a nonprofit organization.
In her downtime, Nancy enjoys reading, crocheting, knitting, and cooking. Together, she and Phillip enjoy watching classic film noir movies and British mysteries, walking, and dining out. She is also privileged to serve alongside Phillip as he ministers as Chaplain to the Mobile County Sheriff's Office.
Our goals in Pastoral Support are to guide and help pastors and ministers discover Christ-centered answers to a wide range of personal, relational, financial or other challenges. The team at 6.14 Ministries facilitates a free service for individuals seeking guidance for a variety of issues including marital and family relationships, communication, parenting, grief and loss, anger and bitterness, inner personal struggles, and spiritual discouragement. Our board members and volunteers have extensive experience in the labors of ministry and understand the various trials and challenges.
If you are someone who could benefit from counseling, you're not alone! We have hundreds from our congregation who have (and still) meet with our counselors monthly and weekly. If you would like to schedule an appointment or just have some questions answered, please reach out.