Dogwood Hills is a pastor-led congregational body where the pastor leads but where each member has a voice.

Pastor Kevin Willmott

Since May of 2000, Kevin has pastored Dogwood Hills Baptist Church where he and his late wife Shelia have served this community of believers faithfully. God blessed the two of them with two children, Dustin and Brittany, who are now grown and raising Kevin and Shelia's five grandkids in the Palestine area. Kevin graduated from Palestine High School and has lived in the Palestine community since his youth, so he knows the people and community well. He used to be a full-time farmer but now only does so on the side, but that means that he knows a thing or two about planting, watering, and harvesting which is what he does in a spiritual way in the field of Dogwood Hills.

  • Lance King

    Associate Pastor (students)

    Lance was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. After he and his college sweetheart Michelle graduated from college in 1993, they were married two months later. The Lord blessed them with two Louisianian daughters, Michaela and McKenzie (who are now both students at Michelle's alma mater Louisiana College). In 2001, the family moved to Texas, and eventually God blessed them with two Texan daughters, Kelsey and Karis, who get along well with the Louisianian ones. Lance has served on pastoral staff with churches in Louisiana and Texas, and he loves to teach God's word to 7th-12th grade students (of whom his third daughter Kelsey is one). He also loves to hike with his family in rocky terrains where there is no poison ivy. Lance has has been on staff at Dogwood Hills since March 2016.

  • Matt & Krissie Hodges

    Children's Ministers

    Matt and Krissie Hodges have been serving at Dogwood Hills since they came to the church in 2015 but began serving on staff in 2017 as the leaders of our children's ministry. They met while in high school and have been married for over 16 years. They have two children, Caleb and Hannah, who are both involved in the student ministry. Matt heads the Audio/Video Ministry Team, and Krissie is a Sunday Morning Bible Study teacher. Both Matt and Krissie serve in other roles in the church as well. They recognize that it is important for every child, no matter their age, to recognize that God wants to use them for His purpose and glory each day--whether at church, home, or school, whether with others or alone. Matt and Krissie love getting to serve God and are excited to see where God leads them in the future.

  • Roe Cole

    Secretary & Custodian

    Roe has been the secretary at Dogwood Hills since 2002. She and her husband David have two children, Lance and Jessica, and four grandchildren. Roe sings and plays guitar in the worship team and serves in countless other ways at Dogwood Hills. David is a deacon and Sunday Morning Bible Study teacher.

  • Missy Handorf

    Financial Secretary

    Missy was born and raised in Palestine and has been married to Scott for 25 years. She and Scott have two boys, actually grown men, named Dustin and Justin. Dustin is married to Anna, and God's blessed them with a wonderful son named Rhett. The family has been a part of Dogwood Hills since 2009, and she's been keeping the church's financial records since March 2010.

  • Deacons

    Kenneth Dickson, Ernie Ivins, Ray Larson, David Cole

  • Worship Ministry Team

    Dustin Willmott (worship leader)

    Bumper Clayton (drums)

    McKenzie King (vocals)

    Laura Vaughn (piano)

    Josh Hinshaw (bass)

    Caleb Hodges (keyboard-not pictured)

    Roe Cole (guitar, vocals)

    Susan Pace (vocals)