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Cory Majors


Cory Majors came to West Baptist Church in September 2013 to serve as Pastor. This is his second tour of duty as he also served from 2004-2007 as the Student Pastor. He comes to Arkansas by way of Missouri but his heart has been in Batesville from the time he served here before. Cory graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2004 with a diploma in Christian Education, from Liberty University in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Religion and is currently working on his MDiv in Christian Ministry through The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to Sherry for 21 years and they have three children, Grady, Rachel, and Caedmon.

Favorite Book: In the Shadow of the Almighty

Favorite Movie: Gladiator

Favorite Activity: Calling the HOGS!

Cory has a heart for West Baptist to dive deeply into God's Word and to live transformed lives in order to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all peoples.

Ministry Verse:

1 Thessaloanians 2.8-9

"So being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God, but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil; we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God."

Will Gruenewald

Family Ministry Pastor

Will Gruenewald came to West Baptist in September 2014. He is originally from Hendersonville, Tennessee. He graduated in May of 2009 from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee with his undergraduate degree in Christian Studies. He will graduate with his Masters from Union in May of 2015. He has been married to Jill Lynn Gruenewald since 2012. Their first child, Alynna May, was bron on in December. They also have Lilly, the best Boston terrier in the world. Previously he has served at two churches and a private Christian school in the role of Student Minister. Reaching families of students is his passion because God established the home to be the primary center for spiritual growth. He enjoys watching sports and hanging out with friends & family. He also loves to read with a hot beverage. His favorite series is the Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker. He is a movie junkie! Be surprised that this whole Bio is not his favorite movie quotes grafted together. He enjoys watching any thing funny or with action. His favorite movie is Ben-Hur. Please feel free to email Will if you have an inquiry about West’s family ministry.

Ministry Verses:

“The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up." Deuteronomy 6:4-7

“Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Philippians 2:12-13

Life Verse: Philippians 4:4-9

Joe Shell

Worship Leader

Joe has been with West since the Fall of 2014. He is married to Janelle and they have four children who are still ranging in ages. They also have a lab named Sadie who is their pride and joy. Joe's favorite way to communicate are through emoji's and GIFs because he feels they adequetly display emotion to speak to any situation. He loves long walks on the beach and cuddling by the fire on his bear rug that he killed,skinned, and stuffed himself. Joe is a Renaissance man and can practically do anything. You can see this displayed because he also has a landscaping buisness called Arkansas Lawnscapes and is in the process of renovating and reopening the Melba Theater in Batesville.

His Life Verse is John 11:35

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