Our Staff

Whit Lewis
Senior Pastor

Whit Lewis joined the Hillcrest family as pastor December of 2011. He was born in Kosciusko, MS and attended and graduated from Mississippi College. From there he continued on to New Orleans Baptist Seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity in 2006. He is married to the former Leanne Medlin from Brandon, MS.  They have two sons, Harrison and Jack Whitten and one daughter, Annlea.

Jason Blackburn
Minister of Children & Media

Jason has been a full time staff member of Hillcrest Baptist Church since April 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Bible from Blue Mountain College. He has served as Minister of Children and Youth, Education and Evangelism, and Children and Evangelism before becoming our Minister of Children and Media. He has been involved in mission work in British Columbia, East Asia, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, Washington, Florida, Texas, Georgia, and Dominican Republic. He oversees the Hillcrest Children’s Ministry (K-5), Ministry 56, Media Ministry, Broadcast Ministry, and The Hillcrest Day School Ministry.  Jason is married to Kelly Jackson Blackburn. They have one daughter, Madeline and two sons, Mac and Miles.

Don Chandler
Minister of Music

Don has served at Hillcrest since November of 1998.  He is married to Katie Ramsey Chandler from Iuka, MS and they have 3 children, Will, Anne Marie & Caleb.  He is a graduate of Blue Mountain College with a B.S. in Church Music and Bible.  While serving at Hillcrest the choir and instrumental ministries have been blessed with many talented and committed members. Don’s heart is to lead God’s people into God’s presence each week and to develop both the skills and the spiritual walk of those in our Music Ministry.  If you have a desire to lead others in worship, our music ministry is the place for you!  Please take time to get to know Don and Katie.  They would love to meet you!

Rob Ray
Minister of Students & Families

Rob is a native of Oxford, MS and is a graduate of Mississippi College, he attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has been serving in youth leadership in Mississippi churches since surrendering to the ministry in 1991. He and his wife, Christy, are very involved in developing students in their Christian walk by strengthening and equipping the family.

Mary Alice Ivy
Preschool Director

Mary Alice has served as Dayschool Director since August 2002. She also serves as Director of the Nursery and Preschool at Hillcrest. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Math from Mississippi University for Women. She retired from the Union County School System with 29 years of service. Mary Alice is a charter member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and has worked with preschoolers since age 17. Her husband, Darrell, is owner of The Image Place Photography Studio and is also a charter member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. They have 3 children: Rob, Alison Ivy Moore, and Will. They also have 5 grandchildren: Maggie, Kate, Jake, Elizabeth and Cole.

Michelle Armstrong
Office Manager

Michelle has served as Office Manager since April 2004. She and her husband, Mike have four children, Emily, Brandon, Mackenzie, and Mason.

Tracey Adkins
Minister of Discipleship

Tracey is a Mississippi native; he and his family moved to New Albany in 2007.  He has worked in several parts of North Africa and the Middle East and brings his love for other cultures to Hillcrest.  Tracey has a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics.  His professional skills encompass retail buying, international business development, and economic research & analysis.  Tracey seeks to use his education, professional training, and multicultural experiences to lead others in living an outward focused lifestyle.

Katheryn Adkins
Pastor’s Assistant

Katheryn has served as assistant to the Pastor since August of 2010.  She and her husband have 4 children.  Katheryn has her B.B.A. in Marketing from Mississippi State University and worked a number of years with major retail organizations in management, as a buyer’s assistant, and as a systems analyst.  She uses the skills God has allowed her to cultivate to serve Him through His local body.

Bobby Moorman
Building & Grounds Director

Bobby has served as Building and Grounds Director since August 1996. Bobby and Kim have one son, Tyler, and two daughters, Angela and Shawna.