Derrick Bledsoe

Senior Pastor

Derrick has been on staff at City On a Hill since 2008 and has served in a variety of roles through the years before becoming the Senior Pastor in 2021. Derrick is passionate about teaching the Bible and seeing broken people connect with the beauty of grace.

Derrick received a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington, and both a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Theology in Early Church History (Th.M.) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Derrick loves spending time with his wife Jessica, and their three daughters (Camilia, Victoria, and Lydia). His hobbies include cooking, disc golf, and reading.

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Dr. James Reeves

Teaching Pastor

James has been the founding pastor of City On a Hill since January 1984. James graduated from Baylor University in 1976 with a degree in Ancient Greek. He received His Masters and Doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1981 and 1988 respectively.

James has authored four books. Refuge, Life Change For Every Christian, Life Change for Every Couple, and Everyday Greek. James was also featured in the DVD series The Conquer Series For Men released in 2013. In 2020 James produced and released the DVD series The Fearless Series For Women. James leads a workshop in churches around America called The Safe Place/Safe Process Workshop where he helps churches learn how to minister to the real-life hurts and wounds of people.

James has been married to his wife Laura since 1979. They have two grown children, and they are blessed with five grand-children who have become their world.

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Bryan Duncan

Spiritual Formation Minister

Bryan first came to the “Hospital Church” (City On a Hill) as a patient in 1999, which began his journey of recovery and freedom. He is the Freedom groups pastor and has been on staff since 2009. The work he has done on his own addictions and struggles have given him a unique skill to walk through the process with the people of City On a Hill. Bryan is married to Jamie and they have two adult children.

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Kelsey Barker

Worship Minister

Kelsey has been the worship pastor at City On a Hill since fall 2019. He is passionate about leading people to praise God, and loves that we get to do that through music. Kelsey is a proud graduate of Dallas Baptist University. He enjoys music, DFW sports, and traveling with his lovely wife June.

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Chris Cunnington

Community / Outreach Director

Chris joined our staff in 2012 as the student pastor, and has since added the roles of Life Group coordinator and community outreach. Chris is passionate about equipping believers to be missionaries in their common environment, and has enjoyed serving directly in ministry with his wife, Emma, since 2007. You will often find him spending time with their two children, watching 'real football' and enjoying the outdoors.

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Aaron Nelson

Student Minister

Aaron has been on staff since late 2020. He got involved with the church while leading worship at summer camp after which he accepted the job as Youth Pastor. He married his beautiful wife Aarin in November 2019. He enjoys nature, cooking, and mudding in his jeep. He is passionate about working with teenagers and teaching them about who Jesus is and the love he has for them. Also he's a huge fan of general shenanigans.

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Emma Cunnington

Children's Minister

Originally from England, Emma took on the role of Children's pastor in 2015, after moving to the church with her husband Chris in 2012.  She desires to see the children's ministry be a safe and exciting place. Emma desires to teach kids about who Jesus is and the incredible love He has for them, while supporting parents as they raise their children in the faith. Emma loves to bake, play at the park with her kids, and travel with her husband.

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Tadresa Sharee Samuels

Administrative Assistant

Sharee has been on staff since 2015. She provides support for fellow staff members, along with other administrative duties. Sharee is married to Michael, together they have three awesome daughters. Some of her favorite things are reading, vintage shopping, traveling, hanging out with people, and eating sushi.

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Morgan Phillips

Media Director

Morgan has been on staff at City On a Hill since August of 2018. She wears many hats. She works with our student ministry, expresses her creative side designing advertisements, and manages our calendar. She aspires to be on Survivor, loves to play games with friends, and will never pass up an invite to eat.

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Ronaldo Andrade

Visual Arts Director / Preaching Intern

Ronaldo (RJ) has been on staff at City On a Hill since March of 2023, but has been a member since 2019. Ronaldo is our visual arts director when it comes to photography, videography, and web design. He also serves our student ministry by teaching and leading Bible studies, and loves to start Gospel conversations at our outreach events. He is currently in seminary at Texas Baptist College, where he is pursuing a BA in Christian Studies. Ronaldo is from Brazil and loves anything outdoors, such as hiking, backpacking and skiing.

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John Lapitsky

Building & Maintenance

John has been on staff since 2016. He oversees all building maintenance and construction projects. John enjoys using his skills to make City On a Hill a better place. His past times wood working and working out. He also loves spending time with his wife Sommer and their three children playing board games, and watching movies.

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Mark Tice

Building & Maintenance

Mark has been on staff since 2022. He works with John in keeping our facilities nice and safe. Mark is originally from Colorado, but now lives in Texas with his wife, Ruby, and his son, Jesse.

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June Barker

Assistant Student Minister / Church Communications

June has been married to our worship pastor Kelsey Barker for seven years, and the two met during their time at Dallas Baptist University. June helps with the student ministry, women's ministries and loves to lead worship on our worship team. When June isn’t up at church, she is home playing with her golden-doodle or trying new looks with her makeup collection. The best way to win over her heart is to bring her a lavender latte and to show her any funny animal video.

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Jamie Duncan

Ministry Assistant

Jamie has been a member of City on a Hill since 2001 and has been on staff since 2021. She is passionate about Freedom Groups and loves to work with women in this capacity. Jamie is an organized book keeper that oversees our financials here at City on a Hill. She has two adult children, for whom she is very grateful and has been married to Bryan for 25 years.

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George Sparks

Freedom Group Minister

George found City on a Hill at a friend’s invitation in 2017 and has been active in Freedom Groups as a participant and facilitator. His passion and deep understanding for those seeking healing and recovery stem from the personal freedom he has found in the help, hope and healing of Jesus. In 2023 George tragically lost his son, Sam, to addiction which only furthered his commitment to come alongside those on their journeys to recovery. Outside of ministry, you’ll find George with family or friends over good food, camping, boating, by the fire pit with a cigar or at Six Flags (he even has a membership!).

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Michael Lewis

Apologist in Residence

Michael is married to Kristina Lewis and they have two children. Michael is passionate about apologetics and telling people about God. Michael used to be an atheist until one day his wife told him she felt like God was calling her back. That was when Michael decided to investigate Christianity. He did so for over a year until he finally decided to give his life to Christ. Now he makes it his mission to spread the Gospel to those he comes in contact with.

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City on a Hill Elders

Derrick Bledsoe

Elder

Mitch Hendon

Elder

Bryan Peterson

Elder

Robert Mangano

Elder

Michael Lewis

Elder

Dan Tripp

Elder

Jason Lorch

Elder