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About Us

Staff Team


Joe Bufford

Senior Pastor

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Bro. Joe began his ministry here in February, 2013. He comes to the family here by way of Georgia. He is married to Nicole and they have three children: Ryan, Jess and Gracey.

He has been a pastor in Georgia and North Carolina. He has studied at Atlanta Christian College, Southeastern Theological Seminary (MDiv.), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (DMin.).

Bro. Joe brings an excitement to serving Christ, reaching people for Jesus, and preaching with vigor the truth of our Lord.


Tony Lewis

Administration & Education Pastor

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Tony joined our team at HBC in January 2014. He comes with a background in churches from Tennessee, Louisianna, and Texas. He is married to Tammy, who works at Ft. Campbell. They have one daughter, Tia, who just began the extension of her education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Tony is working with the Sunday morning Bible study and our disipleship ministries.


Andrew Desko

Student Ministries Pastor

Andrew's email

Andrew comes to us from Raleigh, North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mobile in 2008 and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014. He is married to Megan and they have 2 children: Sarah Grace and Luke. His hobbies include cycling, reading, coffee, and sci-fi.


Tia Beardsley

Preschool/Children's Ministry Director

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Tia is our Preschool and Cildren's Director. She received Bachelor of Science from Mississippi College in 2013 and is currently working on Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Tia started with Hillcrest in 2016. She is married to Tyler who helps her with the Children Ministry as well as plays drums in the Worship Band. When not at school or work, Tia can be found playing with her recently rescued one year old golden retriever lab mix dog named Texi.


Donna Whitmer

Financial Secretary

Donna's e-mail

Donna is married to Chris and has been with HBC since 2008 as our Financial Secretary. She is responsible for paying bills, recording contributions, and maintaining a high level of transparent intregrity in our church finances.

Chris and Donna have two girls, Whitney and Tiffany. Whitney currently lives in Philadelphia and Tiffany and her husband, Wesley, have three children, Cash, Londyn and Crew.

Both Chris and Donna are part of Agape Ministries and Blue Dog Missions. Contact Donna if you'd like additional information about either one of these ministries.


Lorie Hayes

Ministry Assistant

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Lorie joined the team at HBC in October 2014. She is the person that oversees much of our computer information strategies. She is our webiste administrator, she composes and edits the bulletin and newsletter, manages our Sunday School and Discipleship attendance records, and tracking membership.

Lorie sings in the choir and is married to Jim Hayes, who operates our video system for our Worship services. They both also share their testimonies while serving on Experiencing God Weekends. When not worshipping or serving, they enjoy spending time with their children, grandchildren and horses.


Robert Harrison

Custodial Supervisor

Robert joined our team in the fall of 2011. He is married to Juls and they have two boys. Robert oversees the physical needs of our entire campus. Robert started at Hillcrest in 2011 and is committed to making HBC a place of welcome, family, fellowship. He does this by keeping up with all things building related.

His job is a tireless, often overlooked task, but very much appreciated.


Sherry Nelson

Custodial Staff

Sherry has been serving HBC since 1998 as a leader in hospitality. She makes ready our Preschool area and works tirelessly to ensure that things are clean and welcoming.


Larry Baker

Outreach & Connections Director

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