SSBC is an elder-led congregational church. The congregation meets quarterly to discuss and make decisions regarding significant church issues like appointing leadership, establishing doctrine, and major financial decisions. The elders and pastors, supported by the church staff, provide spiritual leadership to the congregation.
Senior Pastor, Cody Busby
Cody has served as Senior Pastor since January 2017. He is married to Melissa and they have four daughters. He holds a D.Min. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Oklahoma Baptist University. Cody enjoys coffee, golf, smoking meats, and woodworking. Cody can be reached at 781-749-2592 x123.
Associate Pastor, Steve Grissom
Steve Grissom originally hails from Illinois, but was most recently in Alabama with his family. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and has Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Sheena, met in high school, and their ministry experience has taken them to a few different places, including Newfoundland as missionaries for the North American Mission Board and most recently Madison, AL, pastoring a small church there. Steve also has some experience and training in Biblical Counseling, having completed a certificate program through Equipped for Good Works. Steve and Sheena have five children, four girls and one boy. They accepted the call to come serve at SSBC and arrived in Hingham in February of 2019. Steve and Sheena enjoy extending hospitality and many activities with their children. Steve likes hiking, playing basketball, running, eating Italian, and is still in search of the best cup of coffee. Steve can be reached at 781-749-2592 x110.
Youth Pastor, Mike McGarry
Mike is a lifelong New Englander with a passion to see teenagers become lifelong disciples who love the local church. After graduating from Oliver Ames High School in Easton, he attended Gordon College where he double-majored in Youth Ministry and Biblical/Theological Studies. He also completed his M.Div. and D.Min. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also the author of A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry: Teenagers in the Life of the Church (Randall House Academic, 2019) and a regular contributor to the Rooted Ministry. Although Mike is new to SSBC, he has served in youth ministry for over fourteen years. Mike and Tracy have two kids, a dopey basset hound, and two cats. His hobbies include reading, writing, Patriots football, archery, skiing, and coffee. Please do not hesitate to reach out and connect with him at 781-749-2592 x107.
Director of Worship, Jennifer Boel
Jennifer Boel grew up in Pembroke, Massachusetts, graduated from Eastern Nazarene College (Massachusetts) in 1994 with a B.S. in Music Education and later pursued a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Her experience and training in worship planning and leading prior to and throughout her college years helped pave the way for becoming the part-time Director of Worship at South Shore Baptist in 1999. In 2005, she gave up her full-time teaching position to dedicate herself to being the full-time Worship Director at SSBC. Jennifer enjoys reading, gardening, exploring new cooking recipes and working together with her husband Chris on home improvement projects. Jennifer can be reached at 781-749-2592 x105.
Director of Children's Ministry, Ann Cox
Ann Cox has attended South Shore Baptist Church since she was 12 years old and came to saving faith here. Since then she has worked to develop and lead many of our children’s programs, and many know Ann as the main Bible teacher, always making sure the Bible and the gospel are presented in ways that children can understand. Ann graduated from Bridgewater State College with a bachelor in Early Childhood Education and received her masters in Elementary Education from Eastern Nazarene College in 2003. She taught first grade at First Baptist Christian School for 3 years and then at South Shore Christian Academy for 19 years.
Ann is married to Terry and has two adult children and four grandchildren. Ann enjoys taking mystery rides with Terry, playing word games, cooking, and spending time with family. Ann can be reached at 781-749-2592 x121.
Nursery Director, Bethany Sousa
Bethany Sousa has deep roots at SSBC. Her husband, Paul, is an Elder, and they have served in many different areas at our church. Bethany and Paul have four kids.
She can be reached at 781-749-2592 x122.
Assistant to the Nursery Director, Sue Gardner
Sue Gardner has volunteered in the nursery and other areas of the church for many years, and we are happy to have her officially on staff. She graduated from Eastern Nazaene College with majors in Elementary Education and English Literature. She met her husband, Ed, at ENC, and has 6 children and 13 grandchildren. She has always enjoyed playing and watching sports and encouraging and coaching her kids and grandchildren in their athletic endeavors. She can be reached at 781-749-2592 x122.
The office is open Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm, 781-749-2592
Karen Pinkham, Office Manager
Cindy Lyle, Project Assistant
Kevin Keohane, Administrative Assistant
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The New Testament churches were shepherded by a plurality of elders. The elders (also called pastors or overseers in the Bible) have responsibility for the spiritual care and leadership of the church. Elders must be men of exemplary Christian character who demonstrate leadership, an aptitude to teach sound doctrine, and a pastor's heart for the congregation.
You can read the elder requirements here and see our request for members to submit candidates for the position of elder for 2021.
Our current elders:
Kent Forkner (Vice-Chair)
David Kleberg (Secretary)
Jim Van Arsdale (Chair)
Gerry Bennett (Emeritus)
Herb Hess (Emeritus)
John Norton (Emeritus)
John Sargent (Emeritus)