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A Welcoming Christian Church in Southaven, MS

Looks like a house...Feels like a home!

Welcome to Graceland Christian Church, where everyone is accepted with a smile and open arms. Although we may be a smaller congregation, we have the spirit of a group twice our size. You can hear our love for Jesus Christ in the songs sung by our choir, the words spoken by our pastors, and the lessons taught by our Christian educators. Come join us this Sunday and add your voice to our service.

Here at our Christian church in Southaven, MS, we are dedicated to sharing our adoration of Jesus Christ with all who walk through our doors. Regardless of your past, you’ll find a home among the friendly and compassionate people who worship with us every week. Our dynamic congregation consists of people of all ages and all backgrounds with one shared goal: to promote a lifelong passion for Christian education and devotion.

Feel free to reach out to us anytime with any questions or for more information about our religious and church services. And don’t forget to join one of our weekly classes or worship with us on Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM. Our congregation and pastoral team look forward to meeting and getting to know you.

 Contact us today to learn more about our Christian church. We are proud to be located in Southaven, Mississippi.

About Us - Disciples of Christ in Southaven, MS

The Graceland Christian Church (Disciples of Christ in Southaven, MS,) originated on the American Frontier during the early 19th Century. We are often referred to as the most “American” of Christian denominations because the ideals of the “Spirit of ’76” had a major impact on our beginnings. Our first leaders were Barton Stone, Thomas Campbell, and Alexander Campbell; Presbyterians who reacted against sectarian frontier religion and urged a union of all Christians founded upon the restoration of New Testament Christianity. They advocated believer’s baptism by immersion and weekly observance of The Lord’s Supper.

Worship service styles vary from congregation to congregation, but all Disciples congregations observe The Lord’s Supper each Sunday. The symbol of our denomination is a chalice bearing the X shaped cross of St. Andrew. The chalice represents the centrality of the Lord’s Supper and the St. Andrew’s cross symbolizes our Scottish Presbyterian heritage. 

Disciples live by the admonition, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials liberty; in all things, love.” Creeds may be used in worship and Christian education, but they are not seen as tests of fellowship. We hold that the scriptures witness to all things necessary for salvation, and we encourage each person to study the scriptures and to seek God’s will for their life. The unity of all Christians continues to be held before us as our “polar star.” The Christian Church has always served as a “bridge church” or a common ground for people with diverse denominational backgrounds.

As Disciples of Christ in Southaven, MS, we believe that all people are created by God and therefore entitled to respect and freedom. Freedom to think for ourselves, govern our own congregations, interpret the Bible in our contexts. “Unity with diversity” has long been a motto. We value open discussion, even disagreement, as we seek to interpret and express our understanding of God’s will for ourselves and our society. While we do not confuse unity with uniformity, “Unity for all Christians” is indeed a polar star. We believe God seeks the reconciliation of all divided peoples…whether by age, race, gender, nationality, or any other human division. As Disciples, we also believe in individual responsibility… that every member is a minister, responsible to use their spiritual gifts in the service of God’s mission.

For more information about the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ in Southaven MS, ) visit the Disciples.org website.


Find a family at Graceland Christian Church.  We are a small but mighty, multi-generational congregation.  Our friendly and welcoming faces tell the story of Graceland Christian Church.


To be and share the love of Christ to those we meet.


Pastor Ken has been preaching lately about what would Jesus do … We need to consider what we would do...about poverty, about inclusion, about discrimination, about loneliness.  Join us for worship and begin becoming what you would like to be.

Bring Christ To Those Who Need Him in Southaven, MS

Graceland Christian Church was founded in October 1956 as a mission to the Whitehaven area of Memphis. The church began in the community room of the Whitehaven Plaza and moved from there to the home of Mrs. Ruth Brown Moore, who had donated 5 acres of her property on which to build the new church. While plans were being developed for the church building to help bring Christ to those who need him in Southaven, MS, Mrs. Moore sold the house to a rather famous Memphian. With renovations starting on the house the church became a bit nomadic, moving back to the community room and then to a pavilion which they transformed from a Saturday night dance hall to a sanctuary for Sunday worship. It was a welcome day when they could move into the new building. Oh, did we mention that Mrs. Moore’s home had a name which it retains today? That home is known worldwide as Graceland, home and last resting place of Elvis Presley. The home and the church bear the name Graceland to honor Miss Grace Toof, the daughter of the original owner.


For thirty-three years, Graceland Christian Church ministered to folks bring Christ to those who need him in Southaven, MS. When Elvis Presley Enterprises began to expand their facilities, the church building was decommissioned and sold. The members of Whitehaven Presbyterian Church graciously offered their chapel as a meeting place while a new permanent home was sought.


In 1989 the church moved to its present location at 2126 Stateline Road East in Southaven, Mississippi and continued its ministry to those near and far. Two building programs took the church from meeting in the “front room” of the house to meeting in a building designed for multiple activities and then into a sanctuary for Sunday worship. The prayers and hard work of many people continue to sustain the congregation and its ministries. Our history includes stories too numerous to mention here, but just ask someone, and they will be pleased to tell you our stories.


We have been blessed with the talents of eleven gifted Senior Ministers and several very gifted Associate and Student Ministers in the course of our history. These ministers encouraged, and continue to encourage, our mission to bring Christ to those who need him in Southaven, MS. Throughout the history of the church, people from all walks of life have worked together to further this mission.  Sixty-three years and counting, the history of Graceland Christian Church is still being written.

Meet the Team

Christian Church in Southaven, MS

Ken Sipley

It’s a blessing to be associated with a congregation so committed to serving Christ in this fellowship.  Graceland Christian Church is a caring community committed to following Jesus Christ wherever he may lead.

Pastor Ken's Blog

Mary Sipley

Since I am the organist/choir director at Tunica United Methodist Church I do not get to attend Graceland Christian with you.  Becoming the church secretary at Graceland has given me the opportunity to get to know you all better.  I am grateful for this.

Zak Klinck

I have been the Director of Music since January, 2018. Prior to that I served as pianist for about 5 years. My family has belonged to Graceland since 2003. In that time I have served as a Deacon, Elder, Board Chair and various other capacities. Music has been a part of my life since beginning piano lessons in the 3rd grade. Professionally, I have worked for FedEx Express since April, 2001. My current position is running the fatigue risk management program for the pilots. 


Angie Rose

  • I accompany the choir and play on Sundays for the congregation.  I have been doing this at Graceland for two years. I had previously worked at a Catholic church of around 1500 families. Graceland’s comparably small congregation has produced a large, talented choir that approaches songs with joy and a big dose of goofiness. They are unconcerned by perfection while at the same time managing to get pretty darn close very often. They are a delight to play for! Previous musical knowledge is not required.  If you love singing, join us, things will soak in by musical osmosis. 

In addition to church work, I have been teaching piano from my home for nearly twenty years. Feel free to ask me about my brilliant, above-average piano students and my stunning grandchild. 


 I have been with the church since 1998. My current role is Children's Church Leader & Nursery attendant. I love children & I love teaching them about God's love for them, as well as the ways & teachings of Jesus. I consider Graceland my home and I love all of my church family... and our Potlucks are my FAVORITE! 

How We Govern Ourselves

We are self-governing.  Every month we have a Board Meeting with those who hold office in the congregation.  At any time, others may join us. Minutes of our Board meeting will be posted here.

Board Minutes

September 12, 2021

Present – Don and Jan Harris, Charlotte Howard, Kathryn Purdy, Janie Basford, Andy and Edison Rushing, Mike Brower, Ken Sipley

Charlotte opened with prayer.

Minutes approved as printed.

Financials not printed but checking balance was listed as over $2146.  We may need to move money to checking when bills start coming in.

Mission to Neighbor – Charlotte reported the Clothes Closet had a good number of people in September with several new faces.  We’ve also had some good donations.  Charlotte took the last batch of vegetables to the OB Food Pantry and they were well received.  She would like to pull up the garden and till the ground until it is pliable but she took a fall and will not be able to get this project started. 

The tutoring program is off to a slow start but there are many children who are likely to attend next time.  Charlotte wants letters to go out to new homes in the area to let them know of the opportunities we provide.  The new church van is registered and licensed but needs new tires.

Mission to Family – Kathryn reported that due to a resurgence of the Covid virus, Sunday School will need to be put off for a while.

Property - Andy reported he is trying to get an estimate for the broken glass in the entry  to be replaced.  Light replacement is complete in the main building but the little house still needs to be attended to.  New towel dispensers will be purchased along with the proper toweling.  Edison will install.

Worship – Though he was not present, Zak sent word of his thanks for those who covered the pulpit while Ken was gone in August.  Choir practice will be started September 29.

Elders – no meeting

Deacons – nothing to report

Men’s group – Barbecue will be sponsored by the men in October. 

Women’s group – Janie reported on the Women’s meeting held on August 28.  It was well attended and another was planned for sometime this fall.  Money collected was deposited into the Men’s account which they share.

Old Business – Nothing

New Business – a backup needs to be trained to take Mary’s place so the work of the church continues even though the Church Secretary is gone.  Church and board officers will be selected and presented to the congregation next month.

Meeting closed in prayer by Andy.

Next meeting – October 20.

Respectfully submitted by Jan Harris, Board Secretary


Gracenotes for September 13, 2021

Hello, Everyone,        It's been nice coming home to cooler weather.  When we left the country it was very hot & humid here.  What a pleasant 

change.  Now if we could just get some rain for the yard.  I'm sure the Louisiana area would love to give us some & not takeany for themselves--they've had quite enough.        Next Sunday's sermon title is "Beauty for Ashes" and the scripture reading is Isaiah 61:1-4.

    Several years ago a colleague from Northwest introduced some of us to an internet site called "A Word a Day."  It presents a word, it's pronunciation, derivation, and usage (including an example).  At the end is a quote for the day.  Many of these quotes have attracted me.  I have a file full of them.  Over the years I've used them in sermons and on my blog.  I came across one recently which really struck me.
    "In a perfect union the man and woman are like a strung bow.  Who is to say whether the string bends the bow, or the bow tightens the string?"  Cyril Connolly
    As far as I know, there are no perfect unions; but I (and I'm sure many of you) have known couples who come pretty close.  They are so well-suited to each other that it's difficult to know where one leaves off and the other begins.  
    These relationships don't happen by accident.  They take hard work, a lot of bending and straightening.  They are forged in the heat of passion and the coolness of reason.  There is no way to define them, but when we see them, we know.
    Let us all try to create relationships that come as close to this ideal as possible.  It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.  Who knows:  perhaps someone will someday look at your relationship and say, "That's what I want our marriage to be like."

    Blessings to you all,


Wednesday, 9/15        6:00 PM  Bible Study                                     
Thursday, 9/16            6:30 PM  Starlight Singers -- This is the first rehearsal in a long time so if you would like to join us to sing  this would be a good time.
Saturday, 9/18           10:00 AM-11:00 AM   Tutoring - Kindergarten - 5th grade

Sunday, 9/19             11:00 AM  Worship Service


Don & Jan Harris                 9/2

Dave & Chastity Chandler   9/5

Mike & Carolyn Brower        9/8

Will & Callie Vance               9/22

Kelsey Villatoro                    9/2

Barbara Lee                         9/8

Christina Howard                 9/9

Kathryn Purdy                      9/9

Will Vance                            9/17

Jason Oliveria                      9/19

Sophie Turnmire                  9/19

Micky Hood                          9/28


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Derrill Argo – end stage cancer                                                              

Mitchell Melton – trouble breathing; not doing well                              

 Catherine Yeager – doing well in nursing home in Nashville                    

Terry Barrett (Joyce) – waiting for heart transplant                             

Kurt (Jeanine’s grandson) – cancer                                                        

Connie Russell – had a fall, but recovering well                                       

Fred Sluder – dementia; in home hospice (Vicky)                         

Capt. Jeromy & Kelsey Baird (Jan & Don’s granddaughter & husband stationed in South Korea for two years                                                          

Virginia Fisher (Danny’s mother) cancer has spread to bones              

Bobby Neyman – Alzheimer’s                                                               

Beverley Faverty – for endurance & peace                                         

Family of Verna Nettle (sister of Beverley)                                     

George & Donna Mares – George needs liver transplant (Andy)               

Alma (Bonnie’s mom) & Clyde (Stepdad) – He has leukemia                  

Bonnie’s sister – pulmonary embolism                                                     

Cynthia (Bonnie’s friend) chemo                                                                 

LeAnne & Dale Atkins – hoping to adopt a baby (niece & nephew of Carolyn & Mike)                                                                                                       

Larry Abramson (Vicky) – seeing specialist in Massachusetts for Lupus    

Joe Harris (Don & Jan’s son) – family issues                                           

Jessie West (Pat Gibson’s uncle; May’s brother) stage 3 colon cancer   

Larkin Carlisle – heart problems                                                                     

 Sharron Neff (Vicky’s sister-in-law) urgent knee surgery needed      

Tryston’s friend has stage 3 cancer                                                    

Tryston’s great-grandmother is on dialysis                                      

Nicole’s grandmother had a stroke/heart problems                                 

Family of Morgan Parks (pastor at Collierville) He died of covid.                

Jeanine Penn – doing better                                                            

 Quinn family – covid death in family (Callie)                                               

For the health care community dealing with the surge of covid                       

For the safety & well-being of students & teachers                                    

For those who are very ill & their families                                                

For Afghan citizens & US troops                                                                                                                     

 Laniee’s coach’s month-old baby dies of SIDS                                          

Lily (friend of Sophie) broke her nose                                                     

Jan & Don leaving Wed. to house sit & teen sit                                          

Charlotte had a fall off porch & her car died                                       

Sara McDonald has Barrett’s esophagus/waiting for results of biopsies   

Tutoring program (Jane)                                                                           

Family of Bud Russell (Connie)                                                         


PRAYER BOX:                                                                                             

Delena – anxiety                                                                                   

Shay Harris – new to area – needs a job                                                    



Milano has moved to Michigan for new job 

Jan & Don's daughter has been taken off chemo medication for breast cancer                                              












Worship Services in Southaven, MS

Worship Service in Southaven, MS

At Graceland Christian Church our worship service in Southaven, MS, is a blended style. We use the piano for accompaniment, and our choir delivers more than its size might normally. Angie and Zak are gifted musicians, and many of our choir members are gifted singers. We offer communion every week, and all are welcome at the Lord's Table. Children stay in worship until after the children's Sermon when they leave and go to Children's Church. Pastor Ken preaches timely and thoughtful messages. All are welcome to attend our worship service in Southaven, MS, at 11:00 each Sunday.

Christian Education in Southhaven, MS

We believe christian education in Southaven, MS, does not end when a child is a teen. There are many adults who have left the church after they were baptized/confirmed, and that's where their education about faith, the Bible, God, and Jesus ends. As adults, we need opportunities to learn again or relearn those things we were taught at a young age. At Graceland Christian Church, we do not tell you what you MUST believe but encourage you to find your own belief system with the help of others. Our adult class meets each Sunday at 10:00 and another class meets each Wednesday at 6:00 PM.

Our elementary children meet at 10:15 on Sundays and our teens meet at 9:30.


Church Services In Southaven, MS   

Choose Graceland Christian Church for church services in Southaven, MS. Contact us today for more information at (662) 342-6098.