Elders

  • Joshua Hedger

    Pastor of Teaching and Leadership

    Joshua is one of the founding pastors of Emmaus Church and serves as the Pastor of Teaching and Leadership. 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. Joshua has previously served as Director of Church Planting at Midwestern Seminary, Lead pastor or Student Pastor at several churches, and 2nd Vice President of the Missouri Baptist Convention. Joshua has also spent extensive time as a missionary in West Africa. Joshua's responsibilities at Emmaus include being the primary preacher, leadership development, vision, and pastoral care. 

  • Sam Parkison

    Pastor of Teaching, Liturgy, and Groups

    Dr. Samuel Parkison is the Pastor of Teaching and Liturgy at Emmaus Church. He holds an M.Div and Ph.D. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sam oversees Community Groups and our Liturgy at Emmaus as well as serving as the secondary preacher. Sam has been married to Shannon for eight years and they have three sons. 

  • Ronni is one of the founding pastors of Emmaus Church. Over the last 7 years Ronni has held significant preaching responsibility, oversaw our pastoral residency, and lead our groups ministry. He holds degrees from Southwest Baptist University (B.A. in Biblical Studies) and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) He is currently writing his disseration for his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Midwestern Seminary. He and his wife, Kristen, have been married for four years and have one daughter. 

  • Matthew Barrett

    Elder

    Dr. Matthew Barrett is an Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the Executive Editor of Credo Magazine. Matthew and his family have been members at Emmaus Church since 2018. Matthew serves as a community group host and an Emmaus Kids teacher, as well as providing numerous theological resources for the people of Emmaus. He is married to Elizabeth and they have 4 children. Matthew is also the author of a number of books, including; Simply Trinity, Salvation by Grace, 40 Questions About Salvation, and None Greater. 

  • ADAM SANDERS

    Elder

    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.  Adam serves as a community group leader and gives oversight to our deacons. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have been at Emmaus since our first Sunday. Adam and Elizabeth have three beautiful children.


  • Joseph Lanier

    Elder, Director of Emmaus Institute

    Joseph Lanier is a Ph.D. student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a graduate of the Emmaus Pastoral Residency. He and his wife, Kristen, have been members of Emmaus Church since 2016 and have one daughter. Joseph is a community group leader, Residency Associate, and the creator of Feasting on the Word, a regular post on the Emmaus Blog. Joseph is also the director of the Emmaus Institute, a multi-layered discipleship process at Emmaus. 

Leadership


  • Jon Woods

    Pastoral Liturgy Assistant


  • Tabitha rainwater

    Kids Director


  • Ashlyn Stone

    Kids Manager


  • Risa Woods

    Hospitality Director


  • Shawn Cantrell

    Production Director


  • Laura Campbell

    Communications Director


  • Ruthie Cantrell

    Volunteer and Events Manager


  • Garrett Kramer

    Facilities manager


  • Tyler and Catherine Crouse

    Membership Coordinators


  • Jason Derouchie

    Global Outreach Director


  • Collin Campbell

    Global Outreach Coordinator


  • Jake Rainwater

    Residency Associate


  • Mike Brooks

    REsidency Associate


  • Sean Stone

    Student Director


  • Daniel Tanner

    Student Coordinator