• Joshua Hedger

    Pastor of Teaching, Administration, and Family Equipping

    Joshua is one of the foundig pastors of Emmaus Church and serves as the Pastor of Teaching and Vision. He holds degrees from Southwest Baptist University (B.A.) and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.A.) He has been married to Tish since 2005 and they have two children (an adopted teen daughter and a biological toddler son). Joshua has previously served as Director of Church Planting at Midwestern Seminary,  Lead pastor at Freshwater Church in Bolivar, Mo, and 2nd Vice President of the Missouri Baptist Convention. Joshua has spent extensive time as a missionary in West Africa.  


  • Ronni Kurtz

    Pastor of teaching, equipping, & Training

    Ronni is one of the founding pastors of Emmaus Church. He is the Pastor of Teaching and Equipping. He holds degrees from Southwest Baptist University (B.A. in Biblical Studies) and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Midwestern Seminary. He and his wife, Kristen, have been married for four years. 


  • Sam Parkison

    Pastor of Teaching, Liturgy, and Groups

    Sam is the Pastor of Teaching and Liturgy at Emmaus Church. He holds an M.Div from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology. Sam has been married to Shannon for five years and they have two sons - Jonah and Henry.  



    Pastor of Care & Discipleship

    A science teacher by vocation, Adam serves the people of Emmaus through pastoral care, teaching, counseling, and prayer.  Adam has his M.Div from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Adam also trained for pastoral ministry in the Emmaus Pastoral Residency as part of our first class of residents.  He and his wife, Elizabeth, have been at Emmaus since our first Sunday. Adam and Elizabeth have a beautiful daughter, Norah.



  • Jon Woods

    Pastoral Liturgy Assistant

  • Tabitha rainwater

    Director of Kids

  • Risa Woods

    Director of Hospitality

  • Mike Brooks

    Director of Groups & REsidency Associate

  • Tish Hedger

    Director of Women's Discipleship

  • Ruthie Cantrell

    Volunteer and Events Manager

  • Shawn Cantrell

    Director of Production

  • Laura Campbell

    Communications Manager

  • Jon Reed

    Facilities Manager

  • Meagan Brown

    Kids Manager

  • Tyler and Catherine Crouse

    Membership Coordinators

  • Collin Campbell

    Partnership Coordinator

  • Joseph Lanier

    Residency Associate

  • Jake Rainwater

    Residency Associate