Core Beliefs

  • We believe a loving God created all things.
  • We believe He revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe His Son, Jesus, was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead.
  • We believe that all have sinned and are deserving of condemnation.
  • We believe that those who faithfully enter the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, as wondrously presented in baptism, will be saved.
  • We believe that those who are clothed in Christ will be empowered to righteous living through the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that the Word of God is inspired and reveals God’s redemptive story to humanity.
  • We believe that worship is an expression of our heart filled gratitude for all God has, is, and will do for His people.
  • We believe that prayer is an essential part of our Christian life in which we call upon the limitless power of our Heavenly Father.
  • We believe that Jesus established His church to continue His ministry of reconciliation by teaching His gospel message and modeling His love and compassion.

History

In December of 2000, church planting minister, Steve Martin, and 75 members of the Sunset Church of Christ, including three Elders, began meeting as the Union Hill Church of Christ in a rustic warehouse in Nixa, MO. Several years later the group began construction on an 18 acre site. Following more than three years of mostly volunteer labor, we moved into the first phase of that new facility in 2004. In the early fall of 2009, we moved in to our new completed auditorium. In January of 2005, Union Hill assisted Sunset in planting the Brookline Church of Christ Sunset, Union Hill, and Brookline planted the Jackson Street Church of Christ in Willard, MO in September 2010.

Elders

Gene & Carolyn Scroggins
Gene and Carolyn Scroggins were both born and raised in the area. They have three sons and five grandchildren who live nearby. Gene was as an Elder at the Scenic and Weaver Church of Christ before serving as an Elder at the newly formed, Sunset Church of Christ. Gene was also one of the first Elders at Union Hill. He retired from Harry Cooper Supply where he worked for nearly 18 years.
Jeff and Kerri VanZant
Jeff and Kerri VanZant have a son, Nathan, and a daughter, Abby. They have 4 grandchildren. The VanZant family was part of the Union Hill church plant coming from Sunset. Before that they lived and worshipped in the Wichita, KS area where Jeff served as a deacon over benevolence and on the mission committee. Jeff works as an Elevator Constructor for ThyssenKrupp and Kerri is a homemaker and full time Grandma.
Jim, Rhonda & Jr. Sneed
Jim and Rhonda Sneed have a son, Junior and a daughter, Michelle along with two granddaughters.  The Sneeds came to Union Hill from Poplar Bluff, MO in 2002, where they worshipped with the Green Forest Church of Christ and Jim served as an elder. He retired from the military in 2006 after 32 years and then retired in 2015 after 9 years with a Federal Defense Contractor.
Mark and Deb Broadway
Mark and Deb Broadway have two sons; Joshua married to Jessica with 3 sons and Casey married to Marquita all worship at Union Hill. The Broadways came to Springfield from Kansas City in October, 1995 joining Sunset Church of Christ and have been at Union Hill from the inception starting as a deacon over finance. Mark has worked in banking and finance for 30 years and both he and Deb are Realtors with Coldwell Banker Vanguard.
Paul and Terri Black
Paul and Terri Black have a daughter Sherri, a son, David, and five grandsons. The Blacks came to Union Hill in 2006 from the Walnut Lawn Church of Christ in Springfield, Missouri where Paul served as an elder. He retired in 2013 from a 42 year career as a structural / architectural engineer with Hood-Rich Inc. of Springfield, Missouri.
Robert and Vicki Kerley
Robert and Vicki Kerley have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren and are now awaiting the 2016 arrival of their second great - grandchild. Robert is retired from the railroad industry and Vicki served as office secretary at Union Hill prior to her retirement. The Kerleys are originally from Southeast Kansas, and worshipped at Sunset in Springfield before the Union Hill planting.
Wilford and Margaret Bonnell
Wilford and Margaret Bonnell moved to Nixa in 2001 from Doniphan, MO after working with the Doniphan Church of Christ where Wilford served as a Deacon for 21 years and an Elder for 11 years. He has preached for several congregations since 1967. He was a high school principal and retired from MO Public Schools with 32 years of teaching and H.S Administration.

Deacons

Chris and Julie Grauf
Involvement
Chris and Kim Cochran
Elderly/Worship
Darrell and Carolyn Harris
Benevolence
Guy and Binnie Stephens
Building Use
John and Diana Davis
Adult Education
Judah and Kerri Davis
Maintenance
Keith and Nancy Kirkland
Finance
Kelly and Tammy Short
Youth
Kyle and Alison Laws
Involvement and Children's Education
Wayne and Jeanne Heasley
Missions

Ministers

Steve Martin
Pulpit Minister
Steve Martin and his wife Amy moved to Nixa, MO in February of 2000 to help plant the Union Hill Church of Christ. They came from Wichita Falls, TX where Steve entered ministry following a brief career in broadcasting for CBS. Steve has two Masters Degrees and a Doctorate of Ministry from Abilene Christian University. He is also a chaplain for fire and law enforcement agencies in the area.
Jackie Dean
Counseling Minister
Jackie graduated in 2000 from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas with an undergraduate degree in psychology. He received a master’s degree in clinical psychology with certification in marriage and family therapy from Forest Institute in 2002. He later obtained a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Forest and has been licensed as a psychologist since June of 2007.
Caleb Eggleston
Youth Minister
Caleb and his wife Lisa joined us here in October 2016. He graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 2015 with an Accounting Degree. After briefly working in the accounting industry, Caleb moved to Nixa to work with our Youth Ministry.

Staff

Kim Pratt
Secretary
Kim has been a member of Union Hill since 2009, and began serving as the secretary in June of 2011. When she's not busy working at the building, she enjoys reading and spending time with family.