• Bob Miller


    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. 


    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)


    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. Some of my roles at Wellspring include leading our Summer Internship each year, serving as the small group director, and sharing some of the teaching responsibilities on Sunday mornings. I married my beautiful wife, Sara, in May 2012. We have three children: Makenna, Mya and Noah.  


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

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

    Currently pursuing MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Concordia University Irvine


    I love playing drums and enjoy all kinds of music. I'm also very interested in mental health and love learning and helping others in this area. Finally, I'm a diehard Kansas City Chiefs fan!!!!!


    Worship & Youth director

    I grew up 20 miles north of St Joseph. I joined the Wellspring staff in September of 2020. Before Wellspring, I spent two years serving on church staff in Havre, Montana. My role at Wellspring is to develop and equip high school students to foster a deep relationship with Christ. I also help oversee Sunday morning service by serving as the Worship Director. I am excited to be at Wellspring and work alongside fellow believers who have the same passion and desire to see this community and church continue to develop their relationship with Jesus.

    Education: Bachelor of Arts in Student Ministry from Ozark Christian College (2018)

    Hobbies: I enjoy most outdoor activities. My favorites are fishing, hiking, camping, traveling, hunting, and snowboarding. I enjoy eating and making unique and exotic foods. I am also a die hard Kansas City Chiefs fan.

  • 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 four children: Arthur, Alice, Edith and Ernest. 


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


    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 children 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 four precious and wild little boys: Titus, Armor, Valor and Waters.


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


    I spend the majority of my time taking care of my boys (all 5 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 get great joy out of pursuing people and sharing the love of Christ with them and have recently found a passion for drinking coffee after I turned 30.

  • Kenzie THOM

    middle school director

    I have attended Wellspring since it started in 2006 and have been blessed to be a part of the elementary, middle school, and high school ministries here as well as college young life and the summer internships. I now work full time as the middle school ministry director and the director of college young life at Missouri Western. I’ve been so greatly impacted by the leaders and ministry workers who have poured into me and I desire to do the same for our middle school and college students! My desire is to build relationships with middle school and college students and create a space for them to come to know God deeper and grow in their faith while in community with other believers! I married my husband Connor in June of 2023!


    Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Childhood Studies from Missouri Western State University (2023) 

    Hobbies/ Interests:

    I enjoy running and help coach the cross country team at Central which brings me a lot of joy! I also enjoy playing pickleball, hanging out with my family and friends, and good talks over coffee!


    Family Life Ministry Director

    I have been at Wellspring since the beginning in 2006. I have served in many roles throughout my years at Wellspring! After teaching middle school students for several years in the St. Joseph School District, I recently felt God leading me to begin a new ministry centering around availability and presence in the lives of young women and families.  Through relational ministry, my desire is to walk alongside families in ways that help them connect with God and one another. I married my husband, Bob, in 1992. We have four children – Zac (married to Sam), Kylie, Kenzie and Zavier.  We were recently blessed with our first grandson – Leif.


    Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Missouri State University (1992)

    TESOL Certification from Missouri Western State University (2018)


    I love spending time with my family and friends!  I enjoy playing games, hiking and watching or playing sports.  I also enjoy helping coach the Central cross country team with my husband and daughter.

  • Marissa Purvis

    all in Ministry Director & Hospitality 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. I also help oversee the Wellspring hospitality team. My husband, Brady and I were married in 2010 and we have five precious children. 



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



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


    creative ministry director

    I have been an art educator since 2014. The creativity of God and the imagery of The Bible has always captivated me and stirred my creative enthusiasm. My role is to lead a team of artists to steward the gift of creativity by showcasing and celebrating the Grand Story of God and His people. I am passionate about people experiencing and understanding the healing power of the Gospel and community. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Brit and we have 3 beautiful children: Arthur, Alice, & Edith.


    Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from Missouri Western State University (2014)


    Avid indoorsman. I have an affection for paper & ink, with which I enjoy drawing, reading, and writing. I have a deep fondness for "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien and the works of C.S. Lewis.


    MEdia Director

    I grew up in Kansas City, but was invited into St. Joe when Bob Miller asked me to do the summer internship in 2017. As the Media Director, my role is to create an online presence and personality for Wellspring. I strive to create content that is both creative and engaging. My biggest goals are to keep church members connected and to produce Christ-like content in an ever-growing digital world.


    Bachelor’s Degree in Interactive Digital Media & Content Strategies from Northwest Missouri State University (2020)


    I really enjoy spending time with my German shepherd, Juno. I’m passionate about running and making music. I love photography and being in community.

  • Elmar Eli Arnarsson


    I am a viking who grew up in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. I was the youth pastor at my church in Iceland for 5 years. God then called me to pursue pastoral ministry. I moved to Saint Joseph in the summer of 2023 to be a pastoral intern at Wellspring. I am here with my beautiful wife, Hannah, who was an American missionary in Iceland. Hannah grew up in Saint Joseph and attended Wellspring before moving to Iceland. 


    6-month Bible school in Iceland (2018)

    Currently pursuing an Icelandic pastoral certificate online

    Planning to attend seminary after internship


    I play guitar and I love to sing. I also enjoy exercising, reading, eating black licorice, and spending time with my wife. 

  • olivia nichols

    office administrator

    I was raised in a small, rural town in Nebraska and went to school to become a registered dietitian. My husband, Rob, and I moved to St. Joseph after we were married in 2016 and have been attending Wellspring since 2018. We volunteer with Young Life College through the church and love meeting and investing in the lives of our college friends from MWSU. After working as a dietitian for several years, I transitioned into the role of office administrator for Wellspring in the beginning of 2020 when we had our first child, Liam, so I could be a (mostly) stay-at-home mom.


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


    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 disc 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.


    BSBA in Economics, Missouri Western


    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

From the beginning, we have valued keeping church simple and vision driven. The Wellspring Advisory Board is currently made up of 5 members with plans to increase to 7 in 2024. Board members serve a 3-year minimum term, with options to continue as God leads. The Board meets monthly with the Lead Pastor and Associate Pastor to discuss issues relating to our vision and values as a church. Human resources, financial and property oversight, and staff care are our primary responsibilities. Wellspring operates as a Board-protected and Staff-directed mission. All daily ministry activities of the church are directed by our Lead Pastor.

New Board members are nominated and approved by current Board members. The process of Board selection is prayerful, identifying people with spiritual and emotional maturity, who are living out our values and vision with capacity to give time and energy to the work of the Board. Decisions are made by consensus rather than majority vote. 

Our current Board is comprised of:

Dave Hinde (co-chair)

Erin Willoughby (co-chair)

Jeff Bridgman

Abby Winder

Rob Nichols