Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven and a Germantown-based Hispanic Church, Nueva Direccion, have partnered to form a new member of DeSoto County’s faith community.

We told you last week about the new church, Union Cristiana, which held its first service Sunday at Brown’s State Line Road campus. The congregation plans to meet there for the foreseeable future, though Pastor Greg Diaz can see the church eventually having its own stand-alone location in DeSoto County.

For now, however, Diaz is content to have a partnership with Brown that opens the door for a church to serve the growing Hispanic and Latino population that both Diaz and Brown Pastor Bartholomew Orr say is evident in the county. Diaz said past efforts to plant a DeSoto church failed for various reasons, until his relationship with Orr allowed this latest attempt to blossom.

For his part, Orr said the effort is part of Brown’s long-range mission to grow new churches in DeSoto. “We saw a real need,” Orr said of reaching out to the Hispanic and Latino community.

Brown is a long-time part of the DeSoto community, and the church’s outreach to Nueva Direccion to serve a growing segment of the population is a positive step. Here’s to hoping it’s a happy relationship for both congregations.


With municipal primary elections rapidly approaching in DeSoto County cities and others across the state, Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef plans a stop in the county this week to talk about how the state GOP is preparing for local elections as well to offer thoughts on national politics.

Nosef will be…