• Shane maples

    Lead Pastor

    Shane Maples is from the very small town of Walland, TN.  He holds an undergraduate degree in church music from University of the Cumberlands and has completed coursework toward Master of Arts in Christian Studies from University of the Cumberlands.  Pastor Shane has served in youth/young adult roles in rural Appalachian churches in Kentucky and Tennessee and in the senior pastor role since 2017.  He began serving as Lead Pastor at Southern Heights in September 2023.  Pastor Shane is passionate about reaching the lost and equipping the saved for the work of ministry.  He enjoys sports, especially cheering for the Atlanta Braves and Tennessee Volunteers.  He loves spending time outdoors, particularly golfing and hiking.  You are likely to see Pastor Shane walking his standard poodle, Rocky, around the neighborhood.  

  • MAria Lester

    Music Minister

    Maria was called as our Minister of Music in May 2019.  She is a Lexington native and holds  degrees from Georgetown College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  She has served in central Kentucky churches more than 20 years, including 10 years at Versailles Baptist.  She is a passionate choral conductor who loves Jesus and loves people.


    Maria works full time for Associations International as the Accreditation Coordinator for the International Coach Federation.  Maria also sings with the Lexington Singers and gives private voice lessons.  She loves to sing (for ANYONE!) and also loves walking, swimming, drama, and roller coasters!  Most of all, Maria loves the Lord, and endeavors to serve Him in every aspect of her life.  She is excited to serve at Southern Heights!