Yazoo County Baptist Association


A Word from Barry:

Let me welcome you to our website. We have twenty-four active Southern Baptist Churches in the Yazoo County Baptist Association. If you live in the Yazoo County area, we have a church close to your home. You are welcome in any of our churches: meeting times vary but each church meets on Sunday mornings.

As Associational Missions Director I am available to assist each church as a resource person and as a consultant. I work closely with the Mississippi Convention Board and I try to stay informed with the most current information that they share. I am available to preach or give reports in each church or I can recommend a preacher when a church needs a fill in preacher. I will be visiting in all our churches in the future. If I can assist you in anyway, please contact me by using the contact information provided on this website.

In His Service:

Dr. Barry Ward

Area Missions DIrector

Yazoo County Baptist Association


Yazoo County Baptist Association exists to assist our churches in fulfilling the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28: 18-20).. 


We value the Bible, the autonomy of our churches, cooperation, and diversity.


Praying, starting churches, strengthening churches, connecting churches


Dr Barry Ward

Area Missions Director

Dr. Barry Ward is a Southern Baptist Pastor who began his ministry career in 1978. Dr Ward was raised in the Flora area attending Tri County Academy then when on to graduate from Clarke College, Blue Mountain College, New Orleans Baptist Seminary eventually obtaining his Doctorate in Theology from Southern Baptist Seminary in Gainesville Florida.

Dr Ward and his wife Renee have served on the mission field in China, Hong Kong, Tibet and multiple sights across North America. He served as pastor for 17 years at First Baptist Church of Magnolia, MS and many other churches through out our state. In Yazoo County he has served as pastor at Holly Bluff, Concord and Short Creek Baptist churches.  

Prior to becoming the Area Missions Director for Yazoo County, Dr Ward served as the president of the Pastors Association of Clarke College, the Moderator of the Pike Count Baptist Association and President of the Pastors Conference in Rankin County.

Dr Ward has a passion for building the small church and discipling pastors.

Colby Davis


Association Moderator

Colby Davis and his wife Amber are members of Concord Baptist Church and lifelong residents of Yazoo County. They have three daughters, Lydia who is 9 years old and the twins Lillian and Amelia who are 6 years old. Colby is a Deacon at Concord where he and his wife serve as lay leaders.

Colby received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration of Mississippi College and works for Rajam Enterprise, His wife Amber is a Registered Nurse. Together they have been on mission to Nicaragua and with Eight Days of Hope in the southeast United States.

Colby Davis is a seasoned leader who brings many years of ministry and business experience to the position of Association Moderator.



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Association Moderator


Steve Baley

Webmaster/ Online

Media Coordinator

Steve Baley and his wife Susan live near Pocahontas Mississippi. Steve gave his life to Christ and was called into the ministry while in high school. After college he served on the mission field in Africa and on staff with various para-church ministries. He was licensed to preach by Delta Baptist Church and has served at Delta, Rocky Springs, Oil City and Tinsley Baptist Churches and supplied at other Yazoo churches.

He has earned a BS in Social Sciences, and MBA and a Diploma in Biblical Studies.  He is a retired Registered Nurse from the Veterans Administration and a retired Lt Colonel from the Mississippi Air National Guard.  

Steve love to hunt and has a passion for men’s discipleship.