Senior Pastor:  Dr. Rick Reaves

Dr. Rick Reaves came to Hill Crest in 1977 as our bi-vocational youth minister. In 1987 he began his ministry as associate pastor. The church called him full-time in 1990. Upon the retirement of our pastor in 1992, Bro. Rick became our pastor. God has richly blessed his ministry. With strong leadership and a passion for people, Bro. Rick has led Hill Crest to be a church that relentlessly pursues Christ and the Great Commission.



He and his wife, Janice, have two children: Chris Reaves (married to Amy Whorton Reaves) and Gina Evans (married to Lance Evans). They are the proud grandparents of four granddaughters, Berit Lovelady, Holland Lovelady, Kaylee Reaves, Brynne Reaves and grandson Christopher 'Brock' Reaves.


Email - brorick@experiencehillcrest.com


Worship Ministry


  • Jay Parrack

    Minister of Worship

    Joined Hill Crest Staff: July 08, 2008

    Spouse’s name: Keri

    Children: Kaylyn and LJ

    Interests: Golf, Watching Football

    Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:31

    What I Love About Hill Crest: "Hill Crest is a place that is always free to worship in every service."


    Emai - jay@experiencehillcrest.com

  • Dara Murphy

    Worship Leader Assistant / Special Events Director

    Joined Hill Crest Staff: July 2003

    Children: Anna Lee Duke (Caleb) and Reed Murphy                                                              

    Education: Graduate of Saks High School 1983 and Jacksonville State University with BFA in Graphic Design

    Interests: Painting, Writing, Interior & Jewelry Design, Catering, Photography

    Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11

    What I Love About Hill Crest: "I love the true friendships I have developed through the love of Jesus Christ and the freedom of worship we experience together as a body of Christ."


    Email -dara@experiencehillcrest.com


Recreation Ministry


  • Milton Harris

    Minister of Recreation and Adult Education

    Joined Hill Crest Staff: June 2002

    Spouse's Name: Teresa

    Children: Chase and wife Brittany, Cody and wife Kaelee

    Granddaughter: Elsie Caroline

    Education: Graduate of Wellborn High School

    Interest: Golfing, Camping, Riding motorcycles,Fishing, and Spending time with my family & granddaughter

    Favorite Bible Verse: Heb. 11:6

    What I Love About Hill Crest: It's a place where we can truly worship our Lord, be called into service and have a place to serve Him


    Email - recreation@cableone.net


Outreach / Inreach


  • Larry McGathy

    Minister of Outreach

    Joined Hill Crest Staff:  February 9, 2005

    Spouse: Sue

    Children: Kimberly Picton & Julie Couch

    Grandchildren:  Carter, Cohen, and Isabella Picton

    Interests:  Spending time with my family, fishing, watching green bay Packer football

    Favorite Bible verse:  Jeremiah 11:29

    What I love about Hill Crest:  The fact that Jesus Christ is lifted up and is the main focus of worship and our main goal is to lead the lost to Him.


    Email -  larry@experiencehillcrest.com

  • Vickie Auer
    Membership Care/Administrative Asst.

    Joined Hill Crest Staff:

    Spouse:  Steve

    Children: Ben Gilreath (Wanda)      

    Grandchildren: Madison & Ezra Gilreath

    Education: Graduate of Saks High School

    Interest: Cycling, Volleyball, Tennis, Shopping and Spending time with my family

    Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Chronicles 7:14

    What I Love About Hill Crest: Freedom of worship and fellowship with my church family


    Email - outreach@cableone.net

Administrative Team


  • Teresa Brickner

    Office Administrator

    Joined Hill Crest Staff: February 1979                                                 

    Education: Graduate of Anniston High School and Gadsden Business College

    Interests: Reading, Relaxing

    Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Cor 2:9

    What I Love About Hill Crest: The Spirit's liberty


    Email - teresa@experiencehillcrest.com



  • Rhonda Thacker

    Financial Secretary

    Joined Hill Crest Staff: February 15, 1996

    Spouse: Philip

    Children: Whitney Robinson (Jason) & Ragan Smith (Jordan)

    Grandchildren: Hayden, Hunter & Maevie

    Education: Graduate of Saks High School

    Interests: Spending time with family, Creative Arts, 

    Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4: 13

    What I Love About Hill Crest: "Hill Crest is a large church with a small atmosphere and exciting worship." 


    Email - financeoffice@cableone.net  

Student Ministry


  • Adam Smith

    Senior High Minister

    Joined Hill Crest Staff: May 24, 2016

    Spouse:  Casey

    Education:  BS in Criminal Justice from JSU

    Interest:  Hunting, Fishing, Golfing & Spending time with family

    Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:13

    What I Love About Hill Crest:  The genuine worship and true bible based preaching.


    Email - adam@experiencehillcrest.com

  • Joseph Duke

    Junior High Minister

    Joined Hill Crest Staff:  July 28, 2016

    Education:  Currently studying Communications at JSU

    Interest:  Spending time with family

    Favorite Bible Verse:   John 11:7

    What I Love About Hill Crest:   I thoroughly enjoy the authenticity of worship through song and sermon.


    Email - Joseph@experiencehillcrest.com

Preteen Ministry


  • Lindsay Allen

    Preteen Director (Grades 4-6)


    Joined Hill Crest Staff:  2012

    Spouse: Shane

    Children: Annah & Abbey

    Interest:  Spending time with family & Shane,Annah & Abbey

    Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:37

    What I Love About Hill Crest-  We're a family


    Email - lindsay@experiencehillcrest.com


Children's Ministry


  • Becky Craven

    Elementary Director (Grades 1 - 3)

    Joined Hill Crest Staff: October 3, 2007

    Spouse: Danny

    Children: Andy (wife Emily)), Todd & Chase

    Grandchildren: Kylie, Korianne, Colter, & Kimbrie

    Education: BS and MS from Jacksonville State University

    Interest: Who has spare time!? 

    Favorite Bible Verse: John 4:1-3 God can use anyone, no matter who they are.

    What I Love About Hill Crest: We are a family, and it's great to be part of a big family! At Hill Crest, I am first and foremost a part of the family of God-but I'm also part of the Hill Crest family. We pray together, play together, sing together, worship together, and cry together. Just like every other family we are not perfect, but we care about one another.


    Email - elementary@cableone.net


  • Delane O'Kelley

    Preschool Director (Ages 2 - Kindergarten)

    Joined Hill Crest Staff:

    Spouse: Hal

    Children: Grant, Gray  (Lauren)

    Grandchildren: Tatum

    Education: Graduate of Saks High School

    Interest: Reading, Singing & Spending time with family

    Favorite Bible Verse: Phil 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    What I Love About Hill Crest: I love the people and the family atmosphere!


    Email - delane@experiencehillcrest.com

buildings and grounds


  • Phillip Haynes

    Maintenance

    Joined Hill Crest Staff: January 1999

    Spouse: Rhonda

    Children: Maghen (Tree) & Dustin (Katie)

    Grandchildren: Mattox & Dawson

    Education: Graduate of Wellborn High School

    Interest: Spending time with family and Driving at Dirt Track, Car # 109 (Romans 10:9)

    Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 10:9 & Heb. 12:1

    What I Love About Hill Crest: The Spirit and atmosphere. Loving, caring and friendly people



Meet The  Rest Of Our staff


  • Larry Arenth

    Assistant Maintenance

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  • Cindy Brannon

    Nursery Director

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    Custodian

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  • Mark Fields

    ROCK Assistant

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  • Rhonda Ford

    Pianist

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  • Ginger Gardner

    ROCK Administrartor

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  • Wanda Gilreath

    Nursery Coordinator

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  • Teresa Harris

    Administrative Assistant

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  • Matthew Hicks

    Student Worship Leader

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  • Sue McGathy

    Custodian

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  • Kim McMichael

    Elem.Director's Assistant

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  • Dr. Sid Nichols

    Staff Evangelist

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    Custodian

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  •                                               Kristie Sparks

    Preschool Coordinator Sunday Evenings

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  • Phillip Thacker

    Soundman

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  • Dawn Williams

    Preteen Director Assistant

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  • Don Williams

    College & Career Director

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  • Patty Vera

    Custodian

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