James Hill is the pastor of Southwest Baptist Church. The son and grandson of Baptist ministers, James holds Bachelor of Arts degree from William Jewell College and a Master of Divinity degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to his service with Southwest Baptist, James has served churches in Kansas City and Jefferson City, most recently as pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Rev. Hill has served with Southwest Baptist since April 2006. James is married to the former Ms. Tara McCoy and they have one son, Isaiah, who was born in December 2010.
Dr. Larry Smith is the Minister of Music for Southwest Baptist. Dr. Smith is also a professor at Missouri Baptist University, where he directs the Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Choral Society. He teaches courses in conducting, secondary music education, music theory, musicianship, choral literature, and choral techniques. He is a graduate of Baylor University and holds a Master of Music in Conducting from Texas State University-San Marcos as well as the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music from Arizona State University. He has served churches in Texas, Arizona, California, and Missouri. Dr. Smith also serves as the Multicultural and Ethnic Music Chair for the Missouri Choral Directors Association.
Ruth Ann Yorg - Director of Child Development Center (Preschool)
Mrs. Ruth Ann Yorg directs our Child Development Center (CDC), a five-day a week preschool program of Southwest Baptist Church. Our CDC is state regulated and has classes for children from age 2 to pre-Kindergarten. Mrs. Yorg has been with the CDC for over 30 years.
Judy Fussell - Church Secretary
Mrs. Judy Fussell is our church secretary and has been with Southwest Baptist since 2005. She is married John and they have a 3-year old named Charlie. The Fussell family lives in St. Peters.
Please Note: Each of our staff may be reached by email. Email addresses are the first initial and last name of the staff person, followed by @southwestbaptistchurch.org. For example: Mike Jones would be firstname.lastname@example.org. Links are not provided as we attempt to reduce the amount of spam received.