Our Leadership Staff


Chad Murrell, new Lead Pastor, starting October 14th, 2018.  Read more here.

Keith Matney, Associate Pastor

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Keith sensed God’s call in his life to vocational ministry as a teen and prepared accordingly by graduating from Dallas Baptist University (Bachelor of Music) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master’s of Religious Education).  He served churches in Texas and has been with First Southern since 1998.  Keith loves creating opportunities for believers to use their gifts to honor God through creative expressions of worship and bless His people.

Keith has been married to Kathy for over 33 years.  They have been blessed with three grown boys, two wonderful daughter-in-laws — all serving the Lord and His church — and three very busy grandchildren.  One of the greatest blessings of Keith’s life is for he and his family to call First Southern his home.

Catherine Rogers, Administrative Assistant

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Catherine has been at First Southern since February of 2018. She was in education for 17 years. Thirteen of those years were spent teaching a variety of grades and subjects in public schools and most recently she was teaching informally at a zoo. She has a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Arizona Christian University.

Catherine is practically an Arizona native having moved here from California when she was only three. She enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew. She is an avid genealogist and loves watching old movies and reading.


Josh Hogue, Children & Family Pastor

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Pastor Josh Hogue has been at First Southern since August of 2015. Josh had previously served as a pastor for six years overseeing kids, students and education ministries in Florida.

Originally from Naples, FL, Josh got a BA in both Christian Studies and Psychology from Union University in Tennessee where he met his beautiful wife Misty. They have two great kids, Kaylee and Elijah. Josh and his family love to go on family adventures, make new friends and enjoy good food!

Jeff Strange, Interim Student Ministry Director

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Jeff has been at First Southern since 2002. Jeff had previously served as Youth Pastor at Corona Baptist Church in Chandler and has been volunteering with our former Youth Pastor overseeing the students ministries ages 7th through 12th grade.

Jeff has been in Scottsdale for 27 years. He met his wife Erica at First Southern Scottsdale in 2008 and they have two lovely kids, Grayson and Everly. Jeff and his family love exploring new places, and experiencing new things as a family.