Andy Stoddard, Lead Pastor

St. Matthew's Lead Pastor is Andy Stoddard.  Andy has served churches across the state of Mississippi.  Before being appointed to St. Matthews, and served as pastor of Asbury UMC in Petal.  Previous to that he has served as pastor of Ripley FUMC in Ripley, MS, Coy UMC in Preston, MS, and Boyle, Linn, and Litton UMCs in the Cleveland, MS area.  Andy is a 1998 graduate of Mississippi College, and a 2003 graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary.  He is married to the former Holly Calcote, originally from Brookhaven, MS.  Andy and Holly have two children, Sarah (14) and Thomas (12).  Andy's hobbies include jogging, annoying his wife, rooting far too hard for all Ole Miss teams, as well as the San Francisco Giants.  He loves to read, especially CS Lewis, Tim Keller and (of course) John Wesley.  His family looks forward to being a part of the St. Matthew's family.  If you are on social media you can become his friend on Facebook at or follow him on Twitter at or read his blog at