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Church Staff

Our church staff recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.  

Mark Arnold, Transitional Pastor

Mark J. Arnold currently serves as our Transitional Pastor and Church Health Consultant. Pastor Mark received his B.A. from OBU in Shawnee, OK and his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. Mark has been in ministry for over 38 years serving as a Senior Pastor, NAMB Church Planter, Minister of Education and various other staff positions in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri. He has ministered as a Transitional Pastor at several MBC churches including First Baptist Sedalia, First Baptist Ozark and North Nixa Baptist.

Mark has been married to his college sweetheart, Jackie, for 38 years. They have four children, one granddaughter and another granddaughter on the way!

Ryan Davis, Youth & Education Minister


Ryan has served at Hopedale since 2005.  He is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University with a B.S. in Religious Education.  Ryan served in Buffalo, MO before coming to Hopedale.  Before that he was a part of an traveling evangelistic student ministry called Real Encounter.
Ryan is married to best friend Courtney and they have three wonderful sons Aidan, Tucker, and Sawyer.

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Eric Carter, Minister of Music & Senior Adults
Pastor Eric has served Hopedale since 2015.  He serves alongside his lovely wife and partner in ministry, Vicky.  In addition, he is proud to be the father of two awesome sons, Trevor and Nathan.  Previously, he and his family had the blessing of serving churches in Miami, OK, Bartlesville, OK, Camdenton, MO, Odessa, MO, Bloominton, IL, and Lebanon, MO.  Pastor Eric loves serving the people of Hopedale and has a passion for Worship Ministry and the development of individuls of all ages as we give glory to the “Audience of One.”  Along with the role of Worship Leader, Eric enjoys working with, and ministering to, the Senior Adults of Hopedale!  What an incredible group of Senior Saints!  
Phillipians 1:3-6
I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.  I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

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