Jess Larson

Elder, Teaching Pastor

Jess was introduced to Sojourn (previously Oak Ridge Reformed Baptist) when he became the youth pastor while finishing his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University. He served as the youth pastor for 6 years. After finishing his Masters of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Jess was given the opportunity to step into the Senior Pastor position at the church in 2006, where he has preached, served, and discipled ever since.

Jess feels blessed to be married to such a marvelous wife and has 5 incredible children. His hope and prayer is that he can pour the many blessings God has given him back out into the lives of the families at Sojourn Baptist. 



Christian Bailey

Elder, Worship Pastor

Christian has served at Sojourn since 2009. He became associate pastor in 2013. He leads the church in congregational worship and teaches the adult Sunday school class. He also assists with various other preaching and teaching responsibilities. Christian finds it a joy and privilege to lead others in Christ-centered exposition of the Scriptures and Christ-centered worship. He is currently pursuing his M. Div from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Christian enjoys reading, playing guitar, skateboarding, and spending time with his family. He lives in Spring with his wife Arielle and 3 children.



Michael McKelvie


Michael has been an elder of Sojourn Baptist Church since December 2016. He and his wife, Kelly, and their three children joined the church in January 2011. Michael graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2001 and attended Southwestern Theological Seminary from 2004 to2006. When not serving the church, Michael works as a project manager for an oil service company. 

He joins the other elders in preaching and with other church members in teaching the children’s Sunday school and the adults’ Sunday school class. He has a heart for believers and unbelievers alike to know the truth and the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please email any of the elders for further questions about the ministries and doctrine of the church.



Steve Kemper

Youth Director

Steve has been a member at Sojourn for 10+ years. He and his wife, Amy, have 3 daughters, 2 of which are teenagers. Steve’s goal is that the youth/young adults at Sojourn would learn the ultimate truths about the sovereignty of God and his Word, find joy in what Jesus has accomplished on our behalf on the Cross, and would treasure Him more than this world. If you have any questions about the youth ministry or their weekly gatherings, please feel free to email Steve.



Ari Bailey

Finance Director

Arielle Bailey graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics. She finds it a tremendous joy and privilege to use her business skills for this ministry. Ari has been employed at Sojourn since 2009. Her husband, Christian Bailey, also works at the church as the Worship Pastor.