About Us

Ministers & Staff

Matt Hale, Worship & Youth leader Email Matt
Matt grew up in Millersville, MO; a small town in Southeast Missouri. At the age of 23 years old, he surrendered his life to Jesus. Matt earned his undergraduate degree in Education and his graduate degree in Educational Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. He worked in the educational field for 11 years as a teacher, a coach, and an Athletic Director. Before moving to Columbia, he served as a Worship Leader at First Baptist Church of Millersville for 6 years. Matt and his wife Lindsey have been married for 9 years and have 4 children, Larissa, Bryce, MaeLee, and Maia. Matt has recently been called by God into full time ministry and is currently working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Matt’s desire is to see lives changed by Jesus Christ and to help others grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.


Debbie Freeman, Ministry Assistant Email Debbie
Debbie, a Missouri native, spent most of her childhood in Centralia, MO. Debbie accepted Christ as her personal Savior when she was ten years old at a revival her grandfather took her to, but didn't get baptized until the age of 21. In 1983 she married her husband Rick and they live on a small farm where they have raised their two children: Angela and Brandon. They have been members of Grandview Baptist Church since about 1993 and have been involved in various ministries there. Debbie enjoys singing, teaching, gardening, fishing, reading, shopping and being with family and friends.