Our Pastor

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Michael W. Waldrop, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Waldrop, a native of Randolph, MS, is a graduate of Belmont University (Nashville, TN) and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (Cordova, TN). He has served in several church ministry positions, including Minister of Music (Neely’s Bend Baptist Church, Madison, TN), Associate Pastor (Randolph Baptist Church, Randolph, MS), and Pastor (Pittsboro First Baptist Church, Pittsboro, MS). Just prior to moving to Utah in 2011, he served from 2006-2011 as the Director of Missions for the Calhoun Baptist Association in Mississippi, leading an association of 47 churches in cooperative missions and ministry. In 2011, Michael and his family moved to Utah for the purpose of working toward a church for God’s glory being planted in St. George. Through this effort involving many people and multiple churches, by the grace and purpose of God, Desert Ridge Baptist Church was constituted on March 31, 2013!

Raised in a Christian home, Michael was saved in 1979, led to the Lord by his parents, Gerald and Sammie Jo. During his teenage years, he began to sense God’s call to serve the church, which eventually led to Michael’s ordination as a gospel preacher in 1993. As he continued to seek the Lord’s will, he became more and more involved in missions, evangelism, and preaching/teaching the Word of God.

Michael’s mission trips have included ministry in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Honduras, Nepal, and Russia. He has written articles published in The Great Commission Research Journal and the Journal of Evangelism and Missions. Studying the Bible and helping others to understand its redemptive message is a passion of Pastor Waldrop.

Interests and hobbies include travel, reading, hiking (especially in the beautiful country around St. George!), and cheering on the Detroit Tigers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. His best friend is his bride since 1994, Hope, and the couple has been blessed with three children, Whit, Jack, and Zoe.

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