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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, Senior Pastor
Pastor Mark J. Arnold began serving as our Senior Pastor on December 1st . 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 40 years having served 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 and consultant at several MBC churches including First Baptist Sedalia, First Baptist Ozark,

North Nixa Baptist and Hopedale before becoming our Senior Pastor.
Mark has been married to his college sweetheart, Jackie, for 39 years. They have four adult children, and two granddaughters.


Ryan Davis, Assistant Pastor


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 a traveling evangelistic student ministry called Real Encounter.
Ryan is married to his best friend Courtney and they have three wonderful sons Aidan, Tucker, and Sawyer.

Jennifer Toliver, Office Administrator & Women’s Ministry Director   


Jennifer Toliver has served at Hopedale since 2001. She provides administrative support to the Pastoral Staff and ministry teams. She is responsible for the oversight and coordination of the administrative ministries of the church, including communication, facilities, finance, and personnel. She also serves as our women’s ministry director. She is passionate about encouraging women to find their purpose and to use their gifts and talents. She develops programs through Bible Study, events, mentoring, and missions. She also works with church members and the community to achieve the mission of the church.


Eric Carter, Minister of Worship & Family Ministry
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.”  In addition to his role as Minister of Worship, Eric is passionate in serving as Pastor of Family Ministries at Hopedale by overseeing opportunities in growth, education, and nurturing of the Family!
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.
Robby Hultz, Children’s Ministry Director
Kevin Agan, Student Ministry Director
Kevin Agan has been married to the love of his life, Kim for 23 years. He also has the “privilege” of being daddy to their beautiful 8-year-old daughter, Palmer. They have been members at Hopedale for the past nine years, and could not be happier with the place that God has chosen for them to call “home”. He has had a passion for youth since he was a youth himself. This has led him to be involved with youth in some capacity at every church that he has attended. The Lord has given his wife this same passion, as well as a desire to be his support team and encourager. They are so very thankful that God has chosen to work through them in the guidance of the amazing students at Hopedale.
Jodi Biers, Weehope Weekday Education Director
Jodi Biers is married to her husband of 43 years, John. They have 3 amazing children and 5 beautiful granddaughters. Ms. Jodi was led to full time ministry at Hopedale in 2000. She went to college to earn a degree in Early Childhood Development and Hopedale hired her as the full time Weekday Education Director. Ms Jodi has always had a passion for working with preschoolers and has always been involved in some kind of preschool ministry since around 1985. She has trained in many aspects of child development and loves being a part of watching children learn and grow. Ms Jodi has seen many things change over the years and is always looking forward to what is around the corner that will enhance the Wee Hope Program . Her belief is that all children are a gift from God and are the hope for our future.

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