Leadership


Eddie & Cindy Lyons

Senior Pastor and Women's Ministry Director

Eddie and his wife, Cindy, both grew up in the Philippines as children of missionaries. They are both graduates of Baptist Bible College here in Springfield. Eddie completed his MBA from the Ateneo University of Manila. Eddie and Cindy served for 20 years in the Philippines as missionaries. Eddie became the senior pastor of High Street in 2002 and Cindy serves as the Women's Ministry Director. The Lyons have five children, Tiffany, Holly, Robert, Coco and James.

Tom Demers

Executive Pastor

Tom Demers has worked at High Street since 2002. He graduated from Boston Baptist College and holds an M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty University. Tom teaches the Building Blocks Sunday School Class, leads a weekly Bible study and currently is an adjunct professor at Baptist Bible College. He and his wife Laura have 3 children: Megan, Emma and Sam.

Laura Demers

Women's Ministry

Tom and Laura joined the High Street team in 2002. Laura is the Director of Bible Studies at High Street and also the Office Coordinator for High Street Women. Laura is passionate about equipping the church to grow spiritually and be effective witnesses. She and Tom have 3 children: Megan, Emma and Sam.

Gary Wilson

WorldProject Director

Gary & his wife Lisa have led our WorldProject missions program since 2004. They are privileged to work with almost 150 missionaries, church plants and missions projects monthly. Gary and Lisa, along with the missions committee, also work with many other missionaries and projects through special gifts and other types of support. Gary has had the privilege of going to 40 different countries and going to many of them several times, which has taken him out of the US over 75 times. He loves to travel and go see missionaries to encourage them and also take teams to work with them. Gary has been a member of High Street since 1977.

Lisa Wilson

WorldProject Director

Lisa and her husband Gary have led High Street’s mission program since 2004. Lisa is passionate about missions and serving missionaries. Her favorite aspect of her work is to take people on mission trips for the first time and allow them to experience missions first hand. Lisa joined High Street in 1985.

Kyle Kicker

Worship Pastor

Kyle Kicker serves as Worship Pastor at High Street. He has been involved with High Street Worship since 2009. He is passionate about music and leading others in worship. His desire is to use music as a vehicle to point people toward Jesus. Kyle met his wife Kimberly at High Street and married her in 2012. Kyle and Kimberly have a son, Theo.

Andrew Tate

Discipleship & NextGen Pastor

In his role at High Street, Andrew oversees Next Generation (Middle School, High School, College) and Small Groups. He also contributes through regular teaching and preaching in all areas of the ministry. His driving passion in ministry is making disciples and raising up young leaders. Andrew graduated with a BS in Pastoral Ministry from Baptist Bible College and is currently pursuing a Master of Theological Studies from Midwestern Seminary. Outside of ministry, he loves spending time with his family, traveling, and all things Ohio State. He and his wife Annette have been married since 1999 and have four children: Isaiah, Aidan, Ridge, and Blakeney.

Jared Bone

College & Outreach Pastor

Jared Bone serves as High Street's College and Outreach Pastor. He completed a Bachelor's of Science in Economics at Missouri State University. Jared enjoys watching the St. Louis Cardinals and spending time with his wife Tyler and son.

Nancy Wade

Children's Director

Nancy is a third generation member of High Street. She became Children's Director in January of 2017. Nancy taught kindergarten for 8 years while serving with her husband, Jim, in ministry in Dallas, Texas. She has 4 married children and 13 grandchildren. Besides leading the children's area, she loves working with her volunteer team, helping them to fulfill their God-given purpose. Her goal is for every child who goes through the children's program, to know that God loves them, God made them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever.

Nick Mills

Small Group Coordinator / IT Administrator

Nick grew up at High Street and joined the staff in September of 2011. He has a BS in Missions from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO and a MA in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He also enjoys reading, teaching, geocaching and spending time with friends and family.

Justin Cole

High School Director / Resident

Justin attended Baptist Bible College to obtain a (B.S.) degree in Pastoral Ministry. He started in ministry here at High Street as a youth intern in January of 2016, and became the head of our High School department later that August. Justin has a strong desire to build up the next generation through teaching and discipling the students in our youth ministry. When not in the church office, you can find him satisfying his coffee addiction at the Coffee Ethic in downtown Springfield, or cheering on his beloved Cleveland Indians or Cavaliers.

Nick Rizzio

Middle School Director

Nick and his wife Erica lead the Middle School Ministry at High Street. He attended Baptist Bible College to obtain a Youth Ministry B.S. Degree. Nick and his wife have 3 kids; Aniyah, Gavin, and Mila, enjoy watching the Chicago Cubs and Bulls, and love spending time together camping and fishing.

Coco Lyons

Assimilation & Internship Director

Coco grew up in the Philippines as a missionary kid and has a passion to serve God in ministry. She joined the team at High Street in December of 2013 as the Connections Coordinator. She graduated from Baptist Bible College in 2015. She works with our Starting Point Class and loves getting people connected to the church and finding their gifting and passions in volunteering. She also works with our internship program and is passionate about raising up young leaders in the church.

Rachel Doss

Elementary Coordinator

Rachel Doss serves as the KidStreet Elementary Coordinator. She has attended High Street since 2014. In 2015, Rachel went through High Street’s Internship Program. Rachel is passionate about investing in the next generation and teaching kids to love God, serve people, and reach the world. Rachel met her husband Matt at Bible college and they got married in early 2016.

Megan George

KidStreet Assistant Director

Megan graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Development. She first came to High Street as a intern with KidStreet in the Summer of 2016. She wants to teach children that God loves them and has a purpose and a plan for their lives.