We have a range of programs or services for you, and your family. Check out each one to see all that we offer. If you are interested in using your talents and helping with any of these programs, drop in check out what’s happening, and fill out this volunteer form. Getting involved in a ministry is a very good way to grow in your faith and develop friendships. Some ministries will require a background check.

Ministry Opportunities

Nursery (birth to 3 years old)

The Nursery provides a fun, safe, age-appropriate atmosphere for the little ones where they may listen to Bible songs and stories. Located past the restrooms and down the ramp, our Nursery is fully staffed and equipped for babies and toddlers.

In the unlikely event that we need to contact you during service, you will receive a text message requesting you quietly exit the sanctuary or your class and return to the nursery area.

  • Nursery is provided during the 9 a.m. Life Group/ Sunday School, a.m. service, p.m. service, and Wednesday night service.
  • Only parents/guardians may drop off/pick up the child.
  • Through the Kid’s Check-In process, each child receives a name tag and the parent receives a corresponding tag that must be presented at pick-up. A child will not be released to anyone without the corresponding tag, for safety purposes. Find information regarding the Child Registration and Check-In process here.
  • Child Protective Training is mandatory for EVERYONE involved with children.
  • If you wish to volunteer, talk to Deidra Edwards at dme083@yahoo.com.

Welcome to our Children’s Ministry!

Hillcrest Baptist Church seeks to create a fun, safe, biblically-based learning environment where children hear the gospel and can respond and grow in the truth, grace, and love of Jesus Christ.  Our heart desires to collaborate with families and present God’s word so that our children “grow and become strong, full of wisdom and the grace of God,” just like Jesus did (Luke 2:40).

For information regarding registration requirements and check-in, click here.

Life Groups

9:00-10:00 a.m.

All children's classes are divided by age group. The Gospel Project program teaches Bible stories from the Old Testament through the New Testament, showing how God's plan of salvation flows throughout history. With the curriculum developed for their specific age group, students sing songs, play music, read and engage with the Bible lessons, watch the DVDs of each lesson, discuss the main point of each lesson prompted by the discussion starter, and color Bible story pictures.

Memory work includes John 3:16, The Lord's Prayer, The Ten Commandments, Books of the Bible, and other Bible story-related verses. The Prayer Wall encourages students to post personal prayers and the class prays together and celebrates answers to prayer. Missions focus on Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, collecting supplies, writing letters to put in each box, praying for each recipient, and packing the boxes.

Children’s Church

This is a worship experience tailored especially for your children from 3 years old through 5th grade. Children participate in the Praise and Worship time (10:00 to 10:25) in the Sanctuary. Then those who wish to participate, meet the Leaders in the foyer and proceed to their designated classes.

There are classes for ages 3 years - K; 1st - 2nd grade; and 3rd - 5th grade. These classes are a great way for your children to continue learning the Bible in a fun, safe, and interactive environment. Parents pick up their children at the designated location following the morning worship service.


God’s Kids Squad

This is a Sunday evening (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm) children's event for children from preschool through 5th grade, meeting in the Family Life Center. Emphasis is placed on children learning more about Jesus' love for them and ways we can look to serve Him. Biblical-centered learning, games, and missional activities amplify this message of service. Kids will enjoy fun surprises along the way!

Treasure Seekers

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." - Matthew 6:21

Your children will be using a LifeWay curriculum called Bible Studies for Life in which children learn about God’s Word and its application to their lives, and treasure what’s important.

Treasure Seekers will meet from 6-7 PM on Wednesdays when Lebanon R-3 has school. The church will also be serving a meal beginning at 5.

Thinking of Volunteering?

If you are a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and believe the Lord has gifted you to participate as a volunteer with the Children's Church ministry please complete this form. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Vonda Wallace, Children's Ministry Director at vwallace@lebanonhbc.com.

Child Safety

Child Protective Training is mandatory for EVERYONE involved with children. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Nursery
  • Treasure Seekers
  • Youth Camps/trips
  • Life Groups
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Van Drivers & Assistants

Hillcrest is deeply committed to helping our students grow in their faith and take their next steps toward God. Small group Bible studies that are both topical and expositional are held on Wednesday and Sunday nights, as well as Sunday Mornings during Life Group time. The Wednesday night gathering also includes an exciting time of live worship.

The studies are always age-appropriate and also have a strong emphasis on apologetics, as students are taught a strong Biblical Worldview. Students are also encouraged to participate in various activities, ranging from youth camps in the summer to Christian concerts, servant ministry, and evangelism.

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It's not the year - it's the age range and the name of this group. One of the things we do is meet every Wednesday night at 6 pm in Room B2 for a deep dive through the Bible. For questions, please call 573-774-7448 or email Lee Ann Hackworth.

Could you drive a van, or be a helper? Your help would be appreciated. You would need to take an in-house driving course. Contact Dennis Woodcock at denniswoodcock@hotmail.com.

Adult Life Groups

Connecting with someone in a small group is important as we experience this journey of life as Christians.  Below is a listing of our Life Groups, and you are invited to attend any of them you choose no matter what your age.

  • Millennials Reign: This is a life group that is designed to disciple men and women who are just beginning a new, exciting chapter in their lives called adulthood. For some, this looks like college or vocational school. For others, this looks like a new career. For others, this looks like marriage and even parenthood. This life group is led by Pete Jemes, who is passionate about teaching the word of God. The studies are topical and relevant to everyday life. We meet in Room 201.
  • S.W.A.G.: This fun-loving life group would be thrilled to have you join their discipleship adventure. They are busy raising children of all ages from toddlers to teenagers. They love to engage in topical studies that relate to navigating life as Christians in the 21st century. They also like to hang out together and have fun, especially during the Super Bowl and March Madness. You will also find them serving together when opportunities arise. Come to this life group and find out what S.W.A.G. is all about. We meet in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Thrive: This new life group is for adults who are on the downslope of raising children and ready to seek new adventures. They are firmly committed to their families, careers, and their faith. These folks grew up during changing times (both socially and technologically) and now they are committed to growing spiritually and relationally. Thrive is still looking for a great adventure and is willing to roll up its sleeves and get after it. We meet in the Family Life Center.
  • Keepers: This is a group with lots of life experiences that loves the study of the Word of God. They are led by an excellent Bible teacher Nick Salsman. They love to hang out together and have great times of fellowship, and you don’t have to twist their arms very hard to hear all about their grandkids. They use Lifeway’s Exploring the Bible curriculum. We meet in Conference Room 1.
  • F.H.F.: This long-running life group is led by former coach, Don Copling, and uses Lifeway Bible Studies for Life. Coach Copling is very adept at using a discussion-based teaching method. If you’ve got some mileage behind you in the marathon of life, but still are busy running the race, and you’re looking for a consistent, solid group of Christ-followers to run alongside you, this life group might be for you. We meet in Room B3.
  • Rooted: This multi-generational life group loves missions and that’s reflected in their emphasis on learning Bible stories. They are led by one of Hillcrest’s most gifted, humble teachers, Dale Baker. Dale uses Lifeway Bible Studies for Life and then this life group uses what they learn in their daily lives. They are a wonderful, supportive group that is committed to spiritual growth. We meet in Room B2.
  • Glory Bound: This is one of our most social life groups. This life group knows all the help at McDonald's on a first-name basis. They have excellent leadership as Richard Cunningham takes them through Lifeway Exploring the Bible each week. If you are looking for a fun-loving group of retirees who love Jesus and each other check out Glory Bound. We meet in the Choir Room.
  • Truth Seekers: This multi-generational life group is serious about studying and practicing spiritual disciplines. They are led by Rod Everage who has a great passion for understanding the Word of God on a deeper level and applying it to daily life. They are a life group of committed prayer warriors who truly minister to one another as well as the larger body of Christ. If you are looking to grow and develop in your spiritual walk, come and check out truth seekers. We meet in Room 201C.
  • Women of Grace: Women of Grace is a lively life group of lovely women who use Lifeway Exploring the Bible in their weekly studies. Linda Morrow and Debby Sutter provide excellent leadership and scholarship as they lead this life group. If you are retired and would enjoy a grounded Christ-centered ladies' Bible study, this may be the group for you. We meet in Conference Room 2.
  • Pathfinders: This Life Group is for adults with special learning needs. We use the LIfeway Access Bible study series. The topics often parallel (to our delight and God's Glory) the messages preached by Pastor Brown. We seek to put into practice the biblical truths we learn each week to show the love of Jesus to others. This life group is led by Jane Bunch and JoAnn Lee and meets in the new library.

Kids Group

Trying to find something for the kids? Visit our children’s ministry page by clicking here.


The Women's Ministry of Hillcrest Church exists to encourage women to come together for instruction, edification, encouragement, and growth in the truths of God's Word and in Christlikeness. We build relationships with one another, promoting and strengthening our desire to live holy lives that honor God.

Bible Studies

It is the goal of our ministry team to create opportunities for small groups of women to gather for fellowship, Bible study and discussion of other profitable literature, and discipleship.

Women's Events

It is the goal of our women's ministry team to organize conference trips and on-site speakers or events at least two times a year for continued spiritual growth as we commit to bringing glory to God each day with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength.

The Men’s Ministry has two main activities--A Prayer Breakfast that meets every first and third Saturday at 7 AM in our Fellowship Hall and our yearly Men’s Retreat – usually in January at a retreat center at the Lake of the Ozarks.

And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

God’s instrument to reach every tribe, tongue, people, and nation is the church. The great commission is a call to make much of the name of Jesus both near and far. Therefore, it is our prayer and desire to take him to “our neighbors and to the nations.”

God has gifted each of us uniquely and called all of us to play a part in this great mission through praying, giving, and going where the gospel is needed.

Pray.      Give.      Go.

Our mission offering goes to support the various ministries God has called us to do locally as well as internationally. You can also support the Annie Armstrong offering which goes to the North American Mission Board and the Lottie Moon offering which supports the international mission efforts of the International Mission Board. You can find out more here. Mission efforts also include the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) whose unwavering focus on making disciples of Jesus who live on mission happens through missions discipleship, leadership development, and compassion ministries, with Kingdom impact in every state and 39 countries. Women on Mission promotes prayer, mission study, mission action, and compassion ministries. If you are interested in receiving Missions Mosaic magazine or how you can be involved with Women on Mission click here.

After accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we need to find out what God wants us to do. One way is to go on a short-term mission trip. Many have found how to use their God-given talents for His kingdom this way. Our church has a number of short-term mission trips each year. We send teams to West Africa where we partner with local believers to spread the gospel and disciple new believers.

Another mission trip you could participate in is with Phil and Laura Dooley, who are church planters with GospelPlantingPartners in Montana. They partner with new and struggling churches to be healthy and reach their neighbors with the gospel. Currently, they are helping a 5-year-old church plant in Livingston, Montana reach their neighbors 85 miles away in Whitehall, Montana. Their address is PO Box 286, Whitehall, MT 59759, their phone numbers are Phil 573-356-8086 and Laura 573-999-0123, and their email is ShowMeMOJesus@gmail.com. You can support them financially at GospelPlantingPartners and click on the Give tab.

If you are interested in going on a future trip, please fill out this application. Send your questions to Carol Jemes at cjemes@waynesville.k12.mo.us.

Disaster Relief

A number of our people help with Missouri Baptist Relief. Contact Rod Everage or Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief to find out how to get training and participate.

Since 1986, MBC Disaster Relief has grown from a handful of volunteers to a mighty force of responders.  We have answered the call to countless disasters in Missouri and around the world.  Missouri is known as one of the premier SBC DR states.

Missouri offers about 2,000 trained and credentialed volunteers.  These volunteers are equipped and ready to answer the call of any type of disaster.  We work with 42 SBC state conventions to advance the gospel in the middle of crises – whenever, wherever, however.

MBC Disaster Relief hosts four training sessions each year in our state.  Because of national agreements, each MBC DR volunteer must have a background check and be trained.  Each training event is scheduled on a Friday evening and Saturday.  You can get involved in the following areas:

  • Feeding (Mass Care)
  • Chainsaw Recovery
  • Flood Recovery (Mud Out)
  • Shower/Laundry
  • Chaplaincy
  • Child Care
  • Communication
  • IMT (Incident Management Team)
  • Blue Hat (team leadership)
  • Assessment

Hillcrest Baptist Church Counseling Center (HBCCC), is a ministry of Hillcrest Baptist Church and offers Biblical Counseling and Biblical Discipleship as an outreach of our church. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work”, and therefore we believe Scripture is sufficient for counseling all people.

HBCCC offers to counsel individuals, couples, and families. You do not need to be a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church to receive counsel. Counseling is available for fear, grief, anger, family concerns, marriage problems, addictions, disorders, guilt, and parent/child relationships, among other circumstances and situations.

There is no cost for counseling at Hillcrest Baptist Church Counseling Center. Counseling services are provided to our community as a ministry of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Our counselors and pastoral staff are trained through seminary instruction or certified through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

Hillcrest Baptist Church believes the Bible is sufficient and therefore provides thorough guidance and instruction for daily living. Therefore, our counseling is fundamentally founded on Biblical principles and teachings rather than those of secular psychology or psychiatry. Neither the pastoral team, biblical counselors nor the counselors-in-training is trained or licensed as psychotherapists or mental health professionals, nor should they be expected to follow the methods of such specialists.

Some of our counselors may work in professional fields outside the counseling ministry. When serving as counselors within this ministry, however, they do not provide the same kind of professional advice and services that they do when they are hired in their professional capacities. Therefore, if significant legal, financial, medical, or other technical questions are needed or desired, you should seek advice from an independent professional. Hillcrest Baptist Church Counselors are not licensed psychologists or psychiatrists, we function as a ministry and therefore we do not have the authority to prescribe medications. Because we are a ministry, it is understood that any counselee who is taking prescribed medication of any kind should disclose that information to their counselor and should continue taking them until their prescribing doctor terminates the prescription.

If you have thoughts of suicide, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), or contact your medical provider or go to the nearest emergency room.

Because God’s Word is sufficient, counseling sessions must be accompanied by homework assignments that are a part of the counseling process. You must bring your bible and a notebook to all sessions. Extra required reading resources might be suggested and please be prepared to purchase some small books.

Additionally, because the Lord has provided the local church as the discipleship center according to Hebrews 10:24-25, we emphasize that counseling sessions be accompanied by weekly church attendance, participation in an individual or group Bible study, and other discipleship activities in your local church body.

We understand that there are times you may have a question or a situation may arise between scheduled appointments. Please respect your counselor by limiting emails and phone calls between visits and by understanding that delays in response may occur. Please call 911 for any emergency issues.

If you are seeking a Biblical Counseling appointment, please complete this form and we will get back to you via email as soon as possible.

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GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Contact Vicky and Don Copling at dcopling@hotmail.com for more information.

Hilltoppers is a program for seniors that addresses a number of current ​​​​local topics. In the past, we have had speakers such as the Mayor of ​​​​​Lebanon, Speakers from our schools, local law enforcement, local ​​​​​assistance programs, and many others.  If you are interested in knowing ​​​​who the upcoming speaker will be, check the bulletin for the week of ​​​​Hilltoppers, or contact the church office.

We meet on the third Tuesday of each month in either the Family Life Center ​​​​or if it is busy, in the Fellowship Hall.

I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.
O magnify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together!
Psalm 34:1, 3

In our Sunday morning service, we worship and praise God with congregational singing, lead by our Praise Band, with a blend of music styles.

Hillcrest Praise Team & Choir

Whether it is singing in a choir or playing an instrument we have a place for you to get involved!

Praise team rehearsal is Sunday mornings at 8:00 am and Choir rehearsal is Wednesday at 7:15 pm.

Cross Christian School

Cross Christian School is a K-12 school that uses the facilities at Hillcrest Baptist Church and Heritage Baptist Church.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives…one heart at a time. Since 1954, FCA has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high, and youth levels to use the powerful platform of sport to reach every coach and every athlete with the transforming power of Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities around the globe by engaging, equipping, and empowering coaches and athletes to unite, inspire, and change the world through the gospel.

Free Store Ministry

This store has free clothing, support, and other provisions for those who need assistance. When the temperature drops below freezing, housing arrangements can be provided. Check them out at Free Store.


Gideons International is an Association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through associating together for service, sharing personal testimony, and providing Bibles and New Testaments. While we are often recognized for our work with hotels, we also place and distribute Scriptures in strategic locations so they are available to those who want them, as well as to those who may not know they need them. Several Hillcrest members are also Gideons.

Hope of the Ozarks

Hope of the Ozarks is a caring, compassionate community to bring hope to the children of prisoners.

Lane Change

Lane Change is a Christian, non-profit organization, committed to helping our community by providing hope through Outreach, Prevention, and Education for substance abuse. They are passionate about partnering with their clients to treat their core issues and meet their unique individual needs to achieve long-term recovery.

Please view our Time for Change video.

Lebanon Warming Center

The mission is to offer a haven of hospitality for those who are under-sheltered during periods of low temperatures. Visit Lebanon Warming Center to see how to volunteer (with background check), donate, and provide a meal.

Live 2 Give Hope

Live 2 Give Hope is a not-for-profit organization in Laclede County, Missouri with a mission to provide hope to individuals in the community now, in the future, and for eternity through Jesus Christ. Live 2 Give Hope operates several programs, many of them geared toward the Foster Care Community, including the Fostering Hope Closet, which provides free resources to foster families including clothing, hygiene items, beds, bedding, and more. Live 2 Give Hope serves over 220 families and 1000 individuals annually through its 6 programs. Live 2 Give Hope is seeking volunteers & financial partners to support the ministry.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse that collects shoeboxes filled by people like you, that are then distributed to children around the world for Christmas each year. The boxes include letters of Christian testimony, pencils, socks, toys, etc. Samaritan's Purse includes Salvation materials in the appropriate language for the children. Please feel free to drop off your donations at Hillcrest.

Please join us when we travel to the Dallas Processing Center to process the boxes.

Pregnancy Support Center of Lebanon

Along with many other churches, businesses, and individuals, we support this vital ministry of providing Pregnancy Tests, Ultrasound Imaging, Options Counseling, Pregnancy and parenting Classes, Abstinence Till Marriage Education, Post-Abortion Recovery Groups, and Referrals. Check out this video from the Pregnancy Support Center to learn more and how to support them. You can learn more at Friends of Lebanon PSC.

Every January is the Baby Bottle Campaign, where you can fill up a bottle with spare change to help support this ministry.

Sound House - Project 360

This is an after-school haven and help center for teens, including snacks, showers, laundry, a hot meal at 5:30, mentoring, GED help, and more. Check them out at Project 360 Youth Services. One way to support them is by providing a meal or snacks.

Laclede Baptist Association

The Laclede Baptist Association is a cooperative ministry of twenty-seven Southern Baptist churches in South Central Missouri with a focus on missions, camp ministry, leadership development, and Christian partnerships with the following organizations:

Southern Baptist Convention

International Mission Board

North American Mission Board

Women's Missionary Union

Missouri Baptist Convention

Baptist Homes & Healthcare Ministries

Missouri Baptist Children's Home

Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief

Hannibal LaGrange University

Missouri Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University

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