Charlie began serving here in March of this year (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. His ministry has led him to holding leadership roles on an associational and state level as well as serving for eight years as a trustee with the International Mission Board.
However, his calling and passion for ministry has always been with the local church. A love for and devotion to the Scriptures has been the foundation for his teaching, preaching and all areas of pastoral ministry. Coupled with a heart for loving people, Charlie continues to shepherd the congregation for the purpose of equipping them to make disciples on a local as well as international level.
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!
Pastor of Operations / Children and 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, Children and Evangelism, and Children and Media before becoming our Pastor of Operations / Children and Media. He has been involved in mission work in British Columbia, East Asia, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, Washington, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Portugal and Dominican Republic. He oversees the Hillcrest Children’s Ministry (K-5), Ministry 56, Media Ministry, Broadcast Ministry, The Hillcrest Day School Ministry and all day to day church operations. Jason is married to Kelly Jackson Blackburn. They have one daughter, Madeline and two sons, Mac and Miles.
Associate Pastor / Music and Worship
Don has served at Hillcrest since November of 1998. He is married to Katie Ramsey Chandler from Iuka, MS. 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 grown and 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 skill and the spiritual walk of those serving in our Music Ministry. If you have a desire to lead others in worship, our music ministry has a place for you. Please take time to get to know Don and Katie. They would love to meet you!
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 late husband, Darrell, was owner of The Image Place Photography Studio and also a charter member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Minister of Education and Outreach
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.
Jack Hickey is no stranger to New Albany and Hillcrest. Growing up here, Jack surrendered to the calling of ministry in 2016 and received his B.S. in Christian Ministry from Blue Mountain College in 2019. He is currently serving as Interim Youth Pastor and is working on his M.Div. at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary while supporting our youth in ministry and biblical education. Jack is also engaged to be married in 2021 to Ivy Jordan, also of New Albany and Hillcrest!
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.