HBC Leadership


Rev. John M. Bingham - Pastor

Rev. John Bingham, pastor of the Hillside Baptist Church, Springfield, Missouri, was born in Ennis, Texas. He received his early schooling in Christian and Public Schools in Texas.

January 31, 1988 was a turning point in Pastor Bingham’s life. It was on that day that, as a child, he trusted Christ as his personal Saviour. His heart and passion for God are evident in his desire to introduce others to Christ and see them grow in their relationship with Him.

Sensing God's call to ministry, Pastor Bingham enrolled at the Baptist Bible College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry in 2005. While attending college, he served at Hillside Baptist as Junior’s Class teacher, Junior High Teacher, then the Youth and Music Director.

Pastor Bingham was called to be the Pastor of Hillside Baptist in December of 2018. 

God has allowed Pastor Bingham to follow in the footsteps of other great pastors and be mentored by one of the best.   He loves his church, and even through growth, Hillside Baptist Church has maintained its close-knit family atmosphere and its passion for serving people.

Pastor Bingham married the former Kristen Crow of Ennis, Texas in 2001.  God has blessed them with four children, who love being with their Church family.

For more information about Pastor John Bingham, you can follow him on facebook.

Rev. Cory Lavallee - Assistant Pastor

From a child, Pastor Cory has been involved with the ministries of Hillside Baptist Church.  He has a love and compassion for our children, and is able to make a special connection with each of them.  A graduate of Baptist Bible College, Cory earned his Bachelors of Art degree in Intercultural Studies in 2012, and was ordained by Hillside in 2015.  He and his wife, Bethany, were both great friends in the youth Group of the church, by which God used to bring them together for a lifetime of marriage and partnership in the ministry.  God has blessed them with one daughter, Betty, in 2019, and are currently expecting their second child.


Travis Whitcher - Youth Director

As a young man, Travis had the opportunity to ride on the vans of Hillside.  Through the years, he grew in his faith, and followed God's leadership as He surrendered to minister to others.  Travis has a real heart for serving the Lord in any area of ministry, and is grateful to be able to serve in the Youth ministry and minister to students and their families.  He has attended Baptist Bible College of Springfield, MO, and is currently on course to graduate from Andersonville Theological Seminary.  He is married to Megan, and they have two boys, Ryan and Ethan.  They are a blessing to Hillside, and the student ministry.  We invite you to get to know this family!

Rev. Cecil M. Tolbert - Pastor Emeritus

In 1983, God led Hillside Baptist Church to call Pastor Tolbert to be our pastor.  It was God's man and in God's timing.  Pastor Tolbert served faithfully for 35 and a half years as our pastor and shepherd.  He led the church through four building programs, and the church grew from a small congregation of 40 to nearly 300.  In September of 2019, we named Pastor Tolbert, Pastor Emeritus.  We are thankful for He and Sister Shirley and their dedicaiton and sacrifices that they have personally made and how they have influenced the lives of people in our community for Christ!  


Bill Lippelmann

Bill Lippelmann has served as our custodian since 2009 helping make the facilities of Hillside Baptist Church beautiful to the Glory of God!

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Jennifer Mitchell

Jennifer Mitchell serves as our secretary and helps keep the office of the church running smoothly.

Our Deacons

Terry Allcorn, Ty Baxter, Ken Blankenship, Tim Ousley, Ken Whitecotton, Steven Wygle