leadership

  • Bob Miller

    LEAD PASTor

    I have served as the Lead Pastor of Wellspring since its inception in 2006. My typical week as a pastor, if there is such a thing, includes studying and sermon preparation, guiding and encouraging our staff, counseling those in need, developing and maintaining relationships, and working alongside our Advisory Board and staff to provide leadership and direction for the future of Wellspring. I met my wife, Kristin, when we were both students at Missouri State University. We were married on July 18, 1992. We have 4 children: Zac, Kylie, Kenzie and Zavier. 


    Education:

    Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Missouri State University (1991)

    Master’s Degree in Guidance Counseling from Central Missouri State University (1998)

    Master’s Degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (2010)


    Hobbies/Interests:

    I love coaching my children and currently serve as the Head Cross Country Coach at Central High School, where several Wellspring kids are a part of our team. I enjoy running, basketball, softball, golf, and usually have a book or two always at the ready for a free moment. 

  • Justin amos

    Associate Pastor

    I started working as the Associate Pastor of Wellspring in July of 2011. My main duty at Wellspring is investing in young adults in our church. I lead our Summer Internship each year and help with some of the teaching responsibilities on Sunday mornings. I also serve as the small group director and enjoy helping people find community. I married my beautiful wife, Sara, in May 2012. We have three children: Makenna, Mya and Noah.  


    Education:

    Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Missouri Western State University (2007)

    Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Liberty University (2011)


    Hobbies/Interests:

    I love playing drums and traveling, especially when I get to visit foreign countries. I'm a hardcore Kansas City Chiefs fan! I also enjoy Chipotle and Starbucks. 

  • Brittney Robertson

    elementary Children's director

    I was born and raised in St. Joseph. I went on full-time staff with Wellspring in June of 2017. My role is to ignite a desire for a genuine relationship with Christ among the school-aged children in our church and community. I desire to prepare our children for a life of serving and knowing the Lord. It is also my goal to encourage and equip parents to thrive as the primary spiritual leaders for their children. My husband, Matthew, and I have been together since we were 17 and were married in December of 2012. We have one son, Arthur Matthew and one daughter, Alice Rosemary. 


    Education:

    Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Missouri Western State University (2014)


    Hobbies/Interests:

    I really enjoy being in community with friends and family. I love spending time with my husband and kids, and going on family walks. I also enjoy cooking, reading, working out, and I dabble in essential oils.

  • blayr kennedy

    birth-Pre-k Children's Director

    I have lived in St. Joseph my entire life. I started attending Wellspring when I was 16 years old and it was the first church I attended where I really felt cared for. After having 3 kids of my own, God really stirred in my heart a desire to teach small children about who He is and how much He loves them. I started working at Wellspring in August of 2019 and I am very thankful to be a part of this church and this community of believers who are so passionate about spreading the Gospel and loving people. I married my wonderful husband, Taylor, in December of 2013 and we have three precious boys: Titus, Armor, and Valor.


    Education: 

    Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education (English) from the University of Missouri (2014)


    Hobbies/Interests: 

    I spend the majority of my time taking care of my boys (all 4 if you count my husband), running or working out, being with friends and family, and I’m always up for trying new foods or recipes. I also have a passion for taking care of families fostering/adopting and learning about the trauma world.

  • Kenzie Miller

    middle school director

    I have gone to Wellspring Community Church since I was 5 years old and have been a part of the elementary, middle school, and high school ministries as well as participating in the summer internship! I am on part-time staff at Wellspring. My job is to invest in and build relationships with middle school kids and to help further their desire to know Christ and live life with him! I was greatly impacted by my previous youth group leaders and strive to impact the middle schoolers now and to help them learn what it means to have an individual relationship with Christ!


    Education:

    I'm currently a student at Missouri Western State University


    Hobbies/ Interests:

    I am a part of the Missouri Western Cross Country and Track team. I love spending time with my family and friends. I also love getting coffee with people and talking about life!

  • Marissa Purvis

    all in Ministry Director

    I was raised in Des Moines Iowa and moved to St. Joseph in 2007. After moving here, I taught 6th grade for two years and then I opened an in-home daycare that I ran for 5 years. I served as the Birth-Pre-K Director of Wellspring for several years and I recently accepted a part-time position at Wellspring as the All In Ministry Director. My role will be coming alongside and offering support to families in our congregation engaged in adoption and foster care. My husband, Brady and I were married in 2010. We have three children: Kennedy, Beckett and Briggs.

     

    Education:

    Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University (2006)

     

    Hobbies/Interest: 

    I love hanging out with my family and our kids, scrapbooking, traveling, and being with friends.

  • david dudeck

    worship director

    I grew up in St. Joseph and have always had an interest in music and technology. As the worship director at Wellspring, my job is to oversee all the practical and logistical needs for our service each week. I love music and being able to oversee a worship team. Planning and practicing songs each week is a way for me to express creativity and work with some cool friends and musicians as well. I met my wife, Sarah, in high school, and we were married in 2006.  We have three children: Noah, Hadley and Eliana. 


    Education: 

    Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Truman State University (2005)


    Hobbies/Interests: 

    I love listening to and playing music of all genres. I'm also interested in cars, tech stuff, great food, traveling and football.

  • olivia nichols

    office administrator

    I grew up in a small, rural town in Nebraska and went to school to become a registered dietitian. I met my husband, Rob, in college and we moved to St. Joseph after getting married in 2016. We have been attending Wellspring since 2018 and have been inspired by the genuine community and heart for the vulnerable that the church has offered. Rob and I became involved with Young Life College through the church and, after working as a dietitian for several years, I transitioned into the role of office administrator for Wellspring when we found out we were expecting our first child.


    Education:

    Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln


    Hobbies/Interestes:

    Rob and I bought an old (1850s!) home in St. Joseph and find a lot of joy in renovating it. When we aren’t working on the house, you might find us frisbee-golfing, cooking, hiking or playing board games.

  • rob willoughby

    Facilities Director

    I oversee all projects relating to the church building. My wife, Erin, and I have been married for over 20 years. We have four boys: Max, Ben, Sam and George.


    Education: 

    BSBA in Economics, Missouri Western


    Hobbies/Interests:

    I enjoy Malcolm Gladwell, Freakonomics, Donald Miller and Storyline, Bob Goff, storytelling, and filmmaking, and trying to blend them all into building a better me. I also like words and numbers.

Advisory Board

The Wellspring Advisory Board ensures accountable leadership through a three-fold role of leading, protecting, and advising/giving consent to the senior pastor and staff. The board holds the responsibility for providing ongoing personal encouragement and support to the pastor and staff and we stand together with the pastoral leadership to protect the God-given identity and values of Wellspring Community Church. The Board is comprised of:


Dave Hinde - Chair

Tony Moeck

Abby Winder

Brent Irwin

Rob Nichols