Dr. Jim Harmeling is our Senior Pastor. He has been pastoring churches for more than 30 years, and has been at Southside since 2006. Prior to Southside, Jim pastored churches in California and Tennessee. He has degrees from Wheaton College, Talbot School of Theology, The Master’s Seminary and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). Jim is a teaching pastor who explains the Bible verse by verse for the purpose of clarifying its truths and encouraging its application. He and his wife Jacqui have been married 29 years and have 5 children, ages 16-26. In his spare time, Jim enjoys reading, gardening, and a variety of sports.
Ben Myers is our Associate Pastor of Discipleship. He was born in Pennsylvania, but grew up in Tennessee. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University and served as a Tennessee State Park Ranger.He and his family spent some time in Southern California while he studied his MDiv. at The Master’s Seminary. During that time, he primarily served youth and children’s ministries. Ben has been married to Jennifer for 17 years, and the Lord has blessed them with three beautiful daughters: Ceana, Ally, and Edyn. Ben has a deep commitment to God’s Word, and loves to see it impact the lives of God’s people. His favorite way to spend his free time is with his family, although he also enjoys many outdoor activities.
Marlene M. Markley is our Office Administrator and Assistant to Pastor James Harmeling. She came to Southside Church from San Jose, California in March of 2005. Prior to coming to Southside, she worked for Los Gatos Christian Church (now Venture Christian Church) for two years as office manager and executive assistant to the senior pastor. Prior to coming to Los Gatos Christian Church she served as lead custom software trainer for MainStreet, Networks for six years. Marlene graduated (cum laude) from Meredith College, Raleigh, NC in 1992. She is married and has two grown children, three grandchildren and three step grandchildren.