Staff & Leadership

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Ryan Bowman

Senior Pastor

Twitter: @ryantbowman

  • Family: wife - Karen, kids - Natalie, Nate, & Brock 
  • Education: Midwestern Seminary (MDiv & current PhD student); University of Central Arkansas (BA)
  • Team Roles: leadership, expository preaching, missions, & men’s ministry
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Russ Ewing

Minister of Education/Administration


  • Family: wife - Polly, kids - adult sons Jeff & John
  • Education: Midwestern Seminary (MA); University of Arkansas (BS)
  • Team Roles: education, missions, & administration - life-change catalyst
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Jordan Cox

Worship Pastor


  • Family: Wife - Kasey; son & daughter - Noah & Jobi
  • Education: Univ. of Missouri (current PhD student); Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (MAR) in Religion/Worship Studies, Missouri Baptist University (BME) in Music Education & Church Music
  • Team Roles: Plans and leads both Sunday morning worship services as well as practice for those services.
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Chris Conley

Interim Student Ministries Director

Twitter: @chriswes

  • Family: Wife - Teresa; kids - Em, Tuck, Bek, Wes, & Beth
    Education: Midwestern Seminary (current MDiv student); Missouri Baptist University (BA) in English/Religious Education
  • Team Roles: To serve and teach students in their growing relationships with Christ from middle school through high school.
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Brad Canalejo

Minister of Children & Families


  • Family: wife - Jessica; daughters - Isabella & Sophia Grace
  • Education: The Master’s Seminary (ThM; Bible Exposition), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), University of South Carolina Aiken (BS Chemistry)
  • Team Roles: Facilitating an environment where the church equips and supports parents to fulfill their spiritual role as their children's primary disciplers
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Vicki Williams

Office Manager


  • Family: husband Rick - 3 Adult children - Cory, Kelly, & Kendra
  • Team Roles: To assist all staff to ensure an efficient and cohesive office.
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Mari Lyn Budde

Ministry Assistant


  • Family: husband - Patrick; Children – David & Emily
  • Education: SIU-Carbondale (BA in Physiology)
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Michael Maasen

Technical Director

Twitter: @the5thmaasen

  • Education: Missouri Baptist University (BA in Worship Arts Technology & Broadcast Media minor)
  • Team Roles: Manage the church website, video projects, and various church connection tools.
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Kara Crisp

Communications Assistant


  • Education: Missouri State University (BA Mathematics)
  • Team Roles: Communications - print & digital, graphics, branding, & strategy
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Stephanie Little

Women's Ministry Director


  • Team Roles: connecting women to a closer relationship with God and to each other in fellowship
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Judy West

Older Children Associate


  • Family: husband - Jeff; son - Josh
  • Education: Southeast Missouri State University (BA)
  • Team Roles: Ministering to kids as they begin following Jesus
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Sharon Khalifa

Younger Children Associate


  • Family: kids - Rachel, Shane & Cody
  • Team Roles: kids are a gift from God - sharing His love with even the youngest.
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Sharon Baker

Food Services/Hospitality Manager


Team Roles: Kitchen ministry, Sunday morning hospitality, event planning.

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