Christian Hartley of Community Bank Pascagoula

Christian Hartley, Community Bank President for Cadence Bank in Pascagoula, stands as a beacon of leadership, dedication, and community service in the Gulf Coast region. Named one of the Gulf Coast’s Top 10 Under 40, Christian’s journey in the banking industry spans nearly two decades, marked by a remarkable ascent from a Teller to the distinguished position of Community Bank President at Cadence Bank.

A proud alumna of William Carey University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where she obtained her associate degree, Christian’s academic foundation laid the groundwork for a stellar career in banking. Beginning as a Teller, she steadily progressed through the ranks, serving as a Loan Officer and Branch Manager at a prominent credit union before assuming the role of Community Bank President at Cadence Bank.

Christian’s commitment to community service is exemplified through her active participation on various boards and organizations. She serves as a board member for the United Way, playing a crucial role in philanthropic efforts. Additionally, her involvement as a board member for the College Young Professionals highlights her dedication to nurturing the next generation of leaders.

In 2020, Christian received the distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame award from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, a testament to her outstanding contributions to the institution. Gulf Coast Woman magazine further recognized her as the No. 1 Successful Woman to Know on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, underscoring her impact on both the business and local community fronts.

Currently, as bank president and Chair-Elect of Coast Young Professionals, Christian continues to shape the landscape of the financial industry while fostering the development of young professionals in the region. Her board memberships extend to influential organizations, including the United Way, Mississippi Young Bankers, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, and the Home of Grace.

Christian’s accolades reflect her unwavering commitment to community service and leadership within her industry. Among her numerous recognitions, she proudly received the Jolly P. McCarty Leadership Award of Excellence, a testament to her outstanding leadership qualities. Other notable achievements include being named one of Gulf Coast’s Top 10 Business Leaders Under 40, MGCCC Alumni of the Year, Ambassador of the Year for Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, and inclusion in Gulf Coast Woman Magazine’s “100 Successful Women to Know.”

A lifelong resident of Gautier, Christian remains deeply rooted in her community. Her faith is an integral part of her life as a proud member of Jesus Christ Baptist Church in Ocean Springs. Christian Hartley’s story is one of inspiration, embodying the spirit of leadership, community service, and excellence that continues to uplift the Gulf Coast region.