Welcome to the Hillcrest website! I am so thrilled to be a part of Hillcrest Baptist Church and that you decided to stop by and see what we’re about! As your pastor, I want to be sure to have clear communication with members and visitors. This page is dedicated to just that. Please check back often to hear from me or to get in touch with me. I look forward to hearing from you! Do check back often, as we will be adding new ways to worship, minister and motivate!
From Our Pastor
Tuesday – Friday
9:00 – 4:00
Please call the church office to set an appointment.
Charlie began serving Hillcrest in March of 2020. He has served as a pastor in three previous congregations; his last pastorate in Louisville, KY was for 29 years. He is a graduate of Oakland City University with a BA in Biblical Studies and holds his Master’s from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a focus on Pastoral Ministry and Christian Education.
Charlie and his wife Mendy have been married for 38 years. They both grew up in Michigan and have continued to be life-long Michigan fans. They have 3 daughters; Abbey, Elizabeth and Emily, and one son, Andrew, with one grandson, William. When not pastoring, Charlie enjoys gathering with his family, spending time on the gulf, playing golf and watching the University of Michigan. Go blue!
From Pastor Charlie
Most of you know that Mendy and I are recovering from Covid. Even after getting the vaccinations, wearing masks, and limiting social contact, etc…we still became sick. We are thankful to all of you who covered us with your prayers, prepared and delivered meals and some grocery runs; thank all of you so much. We are grateful to belong to a caring church family.
I wanted to provide more detail on the ‘postponement’ of the marriage conference. The week that Dr. Akin was scheduled to be with us, he was in an all-day meeting with an individual in his office who tested positive with Covid. Following Covid exposure guidelines, he felt it best to be quarantined for the next week. Thus, it became necessary to reschedule. I’ll be communicating with Dr. Akins office this week to try and coordinate our schedules for hosting the Conference. So, stay tuned for further updates.
New Full-time Student Pastor (Jack Hickey)
Last Sunday the Search Team, Personnel Team, Deacon Council, as well as the Deacon body, unanimously and enthusiastically announced the recommendation for Jack Hickey to serve as our Student Pastor. I want to add my strong sentiment of support and excitement to be serving with Jack!
Thank you for the Search Team for going through the long process of seeking God’s direction for this position (David Johnson – chair, Philip Lainey, Katie Kent, Patti Spencer, Madelyn Blackburn, and Jack Moore). We also are grateful for the Prayer Team as well (Justin Lohmeier – chair, Dale and Teresa Manning, Julie Swain, Mia Lohmeier and Whit Robbins).
Nothing provides adds as much life and excitement to life of our church family as hearing the testimonies of those who’ve recently received new life in Christ and witnessing their baptisms. We rejoice with: Jon Benjamin Laney, Riley Palmer, Holly Swain, McKayla Rhyne, Lilly Stout, Miles Blackburn, Joseph Smithey, Mason Todd, Dawson Horn and Billy Leopard.
I want to also add that it’s pretty awesome to see dads baptize their sons and daughters !
What a pleasure it was to stand before our church family and to present all those who have recently completed the Discovery Class (for all New Members). Those who will be officially ‘voted-in’ as new members at our next Member Meeting (Sept. 19 at 5:00 p.m.) are: Billy Leopard, James and Beth Shea, Matthew and Danica Buchanon, Summer Cook, Dalton Sisk, and Jon Benjamin Laney.
Finally, to God be the glory for His faithful financial provision to His church. Even during the ‘ups and downs’ of the Covid crises, our financial giving as a congregation has been a blessing. May the Lord continue to receive all glory and praise as we give of ourselves to His kingdom.