Cory came to West Baptist in September 2013 as the Senior Pastor. Cory has been married to his high school sweetheart since 1993 and they have four children (Grady, Rachel, Caedmon, and Evan). Cory has a Bachelor's Degree in Religion from Liberty University and is currently finishing a Master of Divinity in Christian Ministries from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with family, exercising, good coffee and a wide range of music. His heart's desire is to see genuine transformation in God's people to the glory of God.
Joe has been leading Worship at West Baptist since November of 2014 and has a heart for the whole congregation to participate in worship. Joe has a bachelor’s degree in Music Theory from Ouachita Baptist Univ., with additional study in music business from Belmont Univ., and a Master of Music degree in composition from the Univ. of North Texas. He spent 10 years working in Christian music publishing in Nashville with BMG. He was then led to Indiana as Exec. Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes National Conference Center where, while managing the facility, he had the blessing of helping to launch the FCA National Motocross ministry. After returning to Arkansas in 2006, Joe led music at Ruddell Hill Baptist Church in Batesville while operating a lawncare business and managing the family’s cattle farm. Joe is married to Janelle and has 4 kids: Hunter (married to Kathryn), Hannah, Jake, and Jet. Most recently, Joe and Janelle, along with another couple, renovated and currently operate the historic Melba Theater on Main Street, which just celebrated the 2ndanniversary of it’s grand reopening. Joe serves on the Batesville City Planning Commission, the board of Montessori Christian Academy, and on the Executive Board of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.
Abby started at West Baptist in May of 2019. She and her husband Austin were married in November 2018 and have settled in Batesville. Abby is currently at teacher's aid at Southside elementary but desires to teach full-time beginning in the fall of 2019. Abby has experience in Children's Ministry at Freeman Heights Baptist Church in Berryville, as well as, First Baptist Church, Bolivar, MO. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Southwest Baptist University.
Tonja has been our office assistant since February 2017. She and her family hail from Mississippi which is obvious from her southern hospitality and contentious demeanor. Her family is her greatest joy and they seek to serve the Lord through their musical talents. They love the Mississippi State Bulldogs.