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David Brown is the Lead Pastor at Hillcrest Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University (earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1988) and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (earning a Master of Divinity in 2007) and surrendered to the ministry in 2002. He loves to preach the Word of God and see people’s lives changed as they come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior and follow His will for their lives.
David married his wife Gena in 1991 and they have been blessed with two children, Garrett and Greyson. He enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with his family. He is an avid sports fan who particularly likes the St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri Tigers, as well as coaching youth basketball and baseball. His life verse is Colossians 3:17 (NLT): “Whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
Bradley Jemes is the Youth and Family Life Pastor at Hillcrest Baptist Church. He surrendered to the ministry in 1999 and took classes through SBU. He served as Pastor of two associational churches before coming to Hillcrest.
Bradley married his wife, Carol, in 1990 and they have been blessed with a son and daughter, Pete and Connor. He enjoys spending time with family, watching the Cardinals play baseball, hunting and fishing, and witnessing for Jesus.
One of his favorite verses in the Bible is Romans 8:38-39.
Steve Mino is a native of Missouri and has led traditional and modern worship for the past ten plus years. He became the full time Worship and Connections Pastor at Hillcrest in January 2021.
He and his wife Jeanetta were married in December 2004. They have 2 children, Steven and Katie.
Steve is a strong believer in The Gospel of Jesus Christ and believes that sharing and winning people to Christ is the most important thing that one can do. Hillcrest Baptist Church is made up of people who love the Word of God and have a passion to see the lost saved, the saved discipled and the discipled sent.
Steve enjoys fishing, singing, old cars, and is in a music group called “Changed”. Changed has won numerous awards, opened up for The Dutton’s, sang at Sight & Sound Theater, Silver Dollar City, and has sang the National Anthem for the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
Vonda Wallace is the Children’s Ministry Director for Hillcrest Baptist Church (HBC). A master’s level graduate of Missouri University – Columbia and retired child welfare administrator, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the children’s ministry (birth – 5th grade). She is passionate about reaching the next generation with the truth of Jesus Christ, partnering with others called to serve in children’s ministry, and developing safe, biblical opportunities to reach our community, encourage parents, evangelize and disciple children.
Vonda married Brian in 1992 and they have been blessed with two adult children, Ben and Elizabeth. The family joined Hillcrest Baptist Church in 2003, and have many years of experience teaching children and youth in life groups, Vacation Bible Schools, participating in domestic and international mission activities, and serving in other areas of the Church. Brian was ordained as a Deacon in 2013 and serves our area as Operation Christmas Child Drop Off Location Team Leader, with support and assistance from Vonda.
Spending time in God’s word, hanging with her family, and serving with her church family to spread the gospel and disciple believers are activities Vonda enjoys. One of her favorite scriptures is Romans 5:8.
Don graduated from Wright City H.S. in 1973. He received his B.S. in Physical Education in 1981 from College of the Ozarks. Don is married to Vicky and he has two sons, Trent and Kalem. He taught 16 years at Joel E. Barber and retired from Lebanon Public Schools after 13 years of service. He has served in his role since February of 2010.
Linda is the bright and shining face you see or hear when you come to the church or call. Serving an an educator for many years, she has a heart for people and always goes the extra mile to help anyone who asks.
Meet The Deacons
Our Deacons are a group of men who, in accordance with the meaning of the work and the practice in the New Testament, and meet the qualifications as set forth in 1Timothy 3:1-13 and Acts 6:17, are to be servants of the church. Their task is to serve with the pastor and staff in performing the pastoral ministries tasks of:
- Leading the church in the achievement of its mission.
- Proclaiming the Gospel to believers and unbelievers.
- Caring for the church’s members and other persons in the community.
- Leading the church to engage in a fellowship of worship, witness, education, ministry, and application.
The Pastors also participate on the Board.
Connection Corner: 8:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Life Groups: Life Groups meet at 9:00 a.m.
Morning Worship: 10:00 a.m.
Evening Worship: 6:00 p.m.
A typical order of service: singing, prayer, announcements, more singing, a teaching from the Bible, an invitation to accept Christ as Savior or recommitment, and a final song. All services are streamed live via Facebook.
Dinner (Sept-May only) at 4:45 p.m.
Prayer Service and Bible Study at 6 p.m. Please send your prayer requests.
Treasure Seekers and Next Gen Youth Group
Choir Rehearsal at 7:10 p.m.
We love children and welcome them to any of our services. The sound of children is a blessing, like little “Amens!” We offer Kid’s Bulletins and/or “Busy Bags” at the Welcome Center. These are made available for kiddos remaining in the Worship Service and would like a few activities to keep them engaged.
We offer Nursery services for babies from birth to 3 years old. We offer Sunday School classes, Sunday morning Children’s Church, and additional learning opportunities Sunday and Wednesday evenings for children aged 3yrs – 5th grade.
The Nursery and all children’s classes are facilitated by a leader and assistant(s) who have completed training and a background check process. Youth from the Hillcrest Ignite Youth group who have been vetted and approved by the Children’s Ministry Director, Associate Pastor/Youth Director, and Lead Pastor may also be assisting adults.
Children must be registered before participating in the Nursery or Children’s Ministry programs. Please complete the Children’s Ministry registration form or the Welcome Center located in the foyer.
Once your child is registered, you can simply check them in upon arrival at the “Kid’s Check-In” area just off the foyer of the church’s main entrance. Brief information is entered at the station by you, resulting in matching identification tags that are exclusive to your family and your visit. Your child will need to wear the name tag while you keep the matching tag. At the designated pick-up area, show your tag in order for your child to be released back to you. Both tags will be left with the Pick-Up Attendants. This process is important in helping us maintain safety for all children, which is paramount.
You can ask for a ride to our meeting in one of our vans, just call the church during office hours (417.532.6159) and press 2. Complete the Van Ride Permission form for unaccompanied children over four years of age to ride and send it to email@example.com. Pick-up and drop-off locations must be the same. Drivers of our vans must take an in-house driving course. Another adult will accompany the driver during runs.
You can let us know you are coming by providing contact info, with info like kids and ages, any special arrangements, for you to ask questions, or for our Pastor to reach out to you.
Most of us wear casual modest clothes but come as you are.
Visitor parking spots and handicapped spots are located close to the front doors. Also, we provide rides from the further parking lots in our new golf cart. Anytime on Sunday morning from 8:40 from 11:30 you can flag us down.
Transportation via our church vans is available.
When you enter our front doors, just to the right is our Welcome Center with greeters who can answer your questions and guide you to all the right places, including descriptions and directions for the Nursery, Sunday School & Life Groups classes, plus sign up sheets of events for your participation.
There is a part of our foyer called Connection Corner, with various resources including magazines and booklets.