Staff

Dr. James Reeves

Senior Pastor

James, and his wife Laura, have been at City On a Hill since 1984. James graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Greek. He then received his Masters and Doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1992 James led the church into a new era of contemporary and innovative ministry. James' primary role as Senior Pastor is in the area of overall visionary leadership and being the primary teacher on Sunday mornings. His passion is to see lives changed and broken people restored and for that reason City On a Hill views itself as a refuge for hurting people. James and Laura have two grown children. Tiffany is a Pediatric Trauma Nurse Practitioner at Cooks Children's and is married to Davis who is associate pastor of Grace Community Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth. They have three kids, June, Max, & Asa. His son Zack was a professional golfer and now is in Real-Estate and works for the MDA. Zack is married to Ashley who owns her own Beauty Salon business. Zack & Ashley have two children, Wyatt & Ellie Kate.

James has written 3 books: "Refuge: The Story of the Hospital Church", "Life Change for Couples" (both published by Kregel Press), and "Life Change for Every Christian" (workbook, self-published). James travels all over the country to speak to churches and groups wanting to implement the Hospital Church style of ministry. He has also travelled and spoken to churches in Africa.

James loves being "Pops" to his 5 grandkids, is a prolific reader, and loves his Harley Davidson. He also sings,plays the acoustic guitar, & has two bands (solo & family) that play venues in the area. You can find info on his music on Facebook at Our Family Tree. You can follow his blog here www.jamesmreeves.wordpress.com. You can also visit his website here www.jamesmreeves.com.

Allan McBrayer

Executive Pastor (semi-retired)

Allan was a long time resident of Ft. Worth TX. He pursued a career in his family piano business until 1988 when he graduated from Southwestern Seminary with a Master's of Divinity. He and Sarah helped start City On a Hill in 1982, and he joined the staff in 1986. Allan has overseen the discipleship and administrative ministries at City On A Hill, as well as the Life Bible Studies groups. Allan still writes the notes and questions used in our Life Groups and will continue to do the financial records and reports for the church.

Allan and Sarah have now moved to Houston to be close to their family. They have 3 adult children, Allison, Wes and Abigail. They also have 4 grandchildren, Harper, Emily, Cyrus, & Kate. Allison is a manager at Anthropologie in Houston. Wes is a commercial real-estate appraiser in Houston and is married to his wife, Jessi. Abigail and her husband Jake are the senior leaders of a church plant in Baton Rouge. Allan enjoys golf, working out, and playing with his grandkids.

Derrick Bledsoe

Family Pastor

Derrick and his wife Jessica came to City On a Hill in 2007. He was a teen skin head and walked a path far away from church life.  Derrick was a drummer in an up and coming band and sold real estate before joining the staff at City On a Hill in 2008. He is now our Family Pastor and works to bring the children's and adult ministries together to minister to the family as a whole. Derrick and Jessica have two daughters, Camilia, Tori & soon to be Lydia. They adopted Camilia at birth, and then 5 months later Jessica delivered Victoria. He is the perfect choice for "Family Pastor!"

Derrick is also a very talented musician and volunteers as one of the worship leaders in the worship band. When he started with the band he played synthesizer since we already had a drummer but did not sing. We found ourselves without a male singer at one point and "auditioned" all of the remaining male band members and Derrick pulled the short straw. He now is one of our lead male worship leaders.

He earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012 and is currently working on his M.Div. at Southwestern Theological Seminary. He enjoys reading, playing with his girls and playing the drums any time he gets a chance. He is obsessed with Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and is known as "the guy who has a big head and wears a hat." 

Bryan Duncan

Freedom Groups Pastor

Bryan and his wife Jamie are products of City On a Hill's ministry; they came in 1999 and shortly after joining, began a journey of healing from sexual addiction.  After many ups and downs they now enjoy a life of healing & purpose with a hunger to serve God. The Duncan's believe their calling is to walk along side struggling marriages as they engage in the healing process. Bryan and Jamie have 2 children; Gage and Bri. As the Freedom Groups Pastor, Bryan is able to utilize his life lessons to lead, guide, and equip Freedom Group leaders. Bryan has been in many management positions as he has worked in the corporate work place; now he is making use of his past work experience to motivate the body of Christ at City On a Hill.

Next month Bryan is undergoing experimental surgery to have his iphone surgically implanted to the side of his head since he is on the phone most of the day.

Chris Cunnington

Student Pastor

Chris and his wife Emma came to City On a Hill in 2012 when Chris took the position of Student Pastor. Chris has worked with students for years, serving also as a director for the PAIS Project. At City On a Hill he oversees the student ministry and desires to see them grow in the knowledge of God's Word and to be mobilized to live out their faith. He and Emma have one child named Oliver and are very much enjoying being new parents.

The addition of Chris and Emma have made the need for afternoon tea a necessity since they and Queen Anne are all from England. When you see him, ask him to say something "British" for you... he just loves that. 

Laura Reeves

Arts Pastor

Laura has been part of City On a Hill since 1984, when her husband became the Senior Pastor. In 1992 she started a drama team to incorporate the Creative Arts into the weekly worship services and special events. She now oversees the creative ministries as a whole, incorporating music, drama, lights, sound, and media for the weekly services. Laura's desire is to bring the message of Christ alive through the arts in the local church.

Laura has a real love of wellness living and loves to encourage others to eat clean, healthy foods, and develop a fit lifestyle. Laura wants to paint everything fuchsia and red and has begun a national campaign to ban beige from the home. She loves her family dearly, and loves baseball almost as much as she loves color. Her constant obsession is her ever increasing number of grandchildren who all call her Lulu - or Nunu. #lulu You can follow Laura on Instagram as @thinkingincolor.

Emma Cunnington

Kids' Pastor

Emma has been the administrative genius behind the All Stars Kid's Ministry and now she is the Kids' Pastor! Emma's passion about ministry and her attention to detail are a perfect fit for ministering to the families at City On a Hill. In addition to that, Emma and her husband Chris (the Student Pastor) were missionaries with the Pais Project for 6 years training others to become missionaries. She enjoys traveling and in 2012, got to travel the world for 3 months. Her and Chris went to 6 of the 7 continents. You can recognize Emma by her British (and somewhat Australian sounding) accent. She and Chris now have a beautiful baby boy named Oliver who is an AMERICAN!! Emma also likes a good scone and some hot tea...with cream.

Vanessa Elswick

Director of Women's Wholeness

Vanessa and her husband Ron have been members of City On A Hill since 1992.  Vanessa has led Freedom Groups as a volunteer since 1994.  She and her husband have been living in recovery since they came to City On A Hill. Vanessa has a passion for walking alongside women to help them find emotional and spiritual wholeness through Christ. Vanessa has received certification and licensing for Belief Therapy from the Therapon Institute.  She came on staff of City On a Hill in 2013. She and Ron have been married for 40+ years and have two sons.  Clay, who is in residency in neurosurgery and is married to Taylor who just gave birth to their first grand baby!  Their youngest son, Spencer, is in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UNT in Fort Worth, Texas.

Vanessa's family finds it hard to believe that she can be a good listener since she enjoys chatting, and she makes the best rolls on the planet. Feel free to put your holiday request in now.

Anne Dumond 

Connections Pastor/Women's Ministry Advisor

Originally from Yorkshire, England, Anne discovered City On a Hill in 2003. Wearing several hats, Anne coordinates the incredibly friendly Host Team and handles all of our Membership Connections. Opting for two-wheeled transportation over the carriage or motorcar, Queen Anne and her husband "Sir" Robert are also involved in the Christian Motorcycle Association as North Texas Area Representatives. With a servant's attitude, they are committed to the vision of "changing the world, one heart at a time" through evangelical outreach, partnership and training.

Anne enjoys cycling and HOT yoga - like very hot yoga. Their royal family is full of wonderful grandchildren Ally, Abby, Aubrey, and Lucas. Anne and Robert live in a house that is complete with 3 fairy gardens. If you are really quite at night...you can hear their wings fluttering! But watch out for the gnomes...

James Knight

Building Supervisor 

After 25 plus years of addiction and numerous trips to prison (not as a visitor), mental hospitals, and rehab centers James finally got clean. That was only the beginning. He then got sober as he began learning how to live life without substances. He now helps others do the same thing that he did. Jams also received professional training from AFCC as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist and is board certified by TCBAP.  James is a member of NAADAC, TAAP,  and INAPS. James' main responsibility is being our building superintendant and overseeing the campus here at City On a Hill. James is married to Becca and they have 2 wonderful children, Bentley & Emily. James likes to go to movies, speed clean, and knows pretty much something about most everything. We stapled his feet down once when he fell asleep at his desk...

John Lapitsky

College & Young Singles/Building & Maintenance

John came to us through the Pais project and now works with our young singles! He is maybe the happiest guy on the planet and is surely one of the nicest. He also used to be a professional painter and now uses those skills to help us spruce up the campus! Be sure to take a look at our gym re-model! John did all of the painting in there and probably anywhere else that you see fresh paint! 

John loves to dance and has a really stellar David Crowder beard. Take a moment to get to know John, he will make you smile.

Kevin Harris

Pastoral Care/Bilingual Ministries/Technology

Kevin and his wife, Olga, came to City on a Hill in 2015 and soon started a ministry with bilingual Hispanics in our church. Kevin continues that ministry along with leading our Pastoral Care ministry and overseeing our technology environment. Kevin has a background in business technology consulting. Olga is a bilingual licensed marriage and family counselor. Kevin and Olga have one son, CJ, who enjoys playing in the youth worship band.

Sharee Samuels

Administrative Assistant

Sharee is the one who answers the phones and takes care of our church records. She is always willing to help so when you call, she'll be there to help! Sharee is married to Mike and they have 3 beautiful daughters.