Cox to serve Big Creek and Sturgis UMC as pastor


The new pastor at Sturgis & Big Creek UMC, Zac Cox is engaged to be married on July 8, 2017 to Melyndie McCreary.

Zac Cox, the new minister at Big Creek and Sturgis United Methodist Churches says he feels his ministry “is driven by a love for brothers and sisters in Christ.”

“I am doing this because I love everyone so much I want to help them live a life for Christ,” Cox said “I find it a great success to help people along their spiritual journey. I feel it’s our job to nurture youth and young adults to help equip them for the future. I preach and teach what God has me say or do. I believe it’s a Christian’s job to help minister to the saved and lost. We are all here to help each other along.”

Starkville District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson said we are so very happy to have Zac Cox to join the Starkville District.

“When the Bishop and Cabinet were looking for a person to continue the ministry of Rev. Jim and Jean Threadgill at the Sturgis-Big Creek Charge, Zac’s name was submitted by the Tupelo District Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Barnes,” Jackson said. “Zac brings a great deal of energy, enthusiasm and spiritual leadership to these churches. I participated in a recent worship service that he lead on the anniversary of 9-11 and was very impressed with his leadership and message. In addition, the members of the churches have accepted him with open arms. The Starkville District and the Sturgis-Big Creek charge are blessed by Zac Cox as a spiritual leader.”

This is Cox’s first appointment through the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is bi-vocational, so in addition to serving as part-time minister at both Sturgis UMC and Big Creek UMC, he works at Renasant Bank in Tupelo.

“What I love about these churches is that they have so much love and compassion,” Cox said. “The patience and caring they have shown me is unreal. I feel like I have known them for years! They are very sweet and loving people. They have a strong love for our God and will do whatever possible to spread the gospel.”

Cox has served as the volunteer youth leader for the past four years at Carolina UMC and New Chapel UMC (currently Evergreen UMC preaching station).

“I answered my calling at my home church of Carolina UMC,” Cox said. “Carolina, New Chapel, and Evergreen UMC molded me into the man I am now.”

Cox has also worked at Renasant Bank in Tupelo in Back Office Operations for the past two years. He graduated from Itawamba Community College with an associate’s degree in Business and Marketing. He is currently an online student at Mississippi University for Women, working on a bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies specializing in Business management and finance. With that completed in December 2017, Cox will enroll in Seminary for his master’s degree. He plans to continue to obtain his doctorate degree.

Cox went to Dorsey Junior High School until the eighth grade then went on to graduate from Mantachie High School. He is the son of Steve and Melissa Cox. He has a brother, Justin, 26, (Justin’s fiance is Randi-Leigh), and a deceased brother, Adam. He has five sisters, including: Julie, 16, (foster); Alyssa, 15, (blood sister); Madison, 14, (Adopted); Hope, 13, (Foster); and Alisha, 6, (Adopted).

“I love each of them very, very much,” Cox said.

Cox is engaged to be married on July 8, 2017 to Melyndie McCreary. Melyndie is from Mantachie, and she is the daughter of Mitchell and Doris McCreary, and she has a sister, Rebekah McCreary, 18. Melyndie is also a graduate from ICC, and she is currently a senior at MUW. She will earn her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology, with a minor in psychology. She has plans to pursue her master’s degree.

“Melyndie is a true blessing to my life and I thank God each and every day for her,” Cox said. “She is a strong and beautiful young woman. She has a deep love for our God and others!”

Cox has plans to eventually serve a church on a full-time basis. When he is not working, preaching or taking classes, Cox loves outdoor activities, such as boating and duck hunting. He loves college football, and played football throughout grade school, junior and high school. And he would rather listen to music than watch television.


See this story in the September 23, 2016 edition of The Starkville District Newsletter at 9-23-16-newsletter

See this story in the October 2, 2016 edition of The Starkville Daily News Feature Section.


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