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Our Staff

Senior Pastor

Joe Payne
Joe joined our staff in the fall of 2010, and began serving as our Senior Pastor in January, 2013. Pastor Joe has been a solo Pastor or a Senior Pastor in General Baptist Churches in Missouri and Arkansas since 1988. Joe holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies, a M.A. in Theology, and is passionate about helping people discover and apply Biblical principles. Joe and his wife, Melonie, have been married since 1989 and have two children, Moriah and Josiah. Melonie is a Real Estate Broker with Smith-Payne Realty in Dexter.

Associate Pastor of Youth and Administration

Preston Owens
Preston is a Bernie, Missouri native who returned to the area after earning his B.A. in Religious Studies at Oakland City University in Oakland City, Indiana. Preston became our Associate Pastor in January 2012, and leads our Student Ministry department while also filling the role of Associate Pastor. He and his wife Kellie have three daughters and one son: Mollie, Laynie, Hallie, and Parker. Kellie is a Special Education teacher with Bernie schools.

Senior Adult Pastor

Ron Williams
Ron Williams grew up in the community of Aid, and Liberty Hill Church was his childhood church home. Ron entered into the ministry in 1966, and pastored churches in Missouri until retiring in 2010. Over the course of his ministry, Ron attended Hannibal-Lagrance University, and Southwest Baptist Bible college. Ron and his wife are invaluable members of our Liberty Hill community, and their love for the church shows in the many ways they serve! 

Children's Ministry Director

Christy Vaughn
Christy and her husband Brandon have been a part of life at Liberty Hill since 2011. Christy joined our staff as Children’s Ministry Director in December, 2014. She has a rich background in ministry to children, including her B.A. in Religious Education with a focus in Children’s Ministry. She and her husband Brandon have been married since 2005, and they have two children, Brayden and Mabree.

Administrative Assistant

April Lasater
April and her husband Tyler have attended and been actively involved in Liberty Hill life since 2008. April has previously served as a volunteer in Children’s Ministry, and currently serves in our Student Ministries as a Jr. High Sunday School teacher. She and Tyler have two children, Brooke and Austin, and they enjoy their family time playing sports or being in the outdoors.

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