Chris Cook

Senior Pastor

Chris has resided in Columbia since 1996. He and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of sons. After completing his undergraduate studies in Religion at William Jewell College, Chris graduated from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Parkade, Chris pastored two other churches in Missouri. Chris has served as the senior pastor of Parkade Baptist Church since 2001.

Aaron Kruse

Associate Pastor of Education and Ministry

Aaron and his wife, Angel, are natives of St. Louis, Missouri. They are proud parents of three children, Austin, Abby and Anna. Aaron graduated from Missouri Baptist University and received his Masters from Covenant Theological Seminary. After serving 11 years in Battlefield, Missouri, Aaron joined the Parkade staff in June 2013 to serve by overseeing the religious education and various ministries of the church as our Associate Pastor.

Joni Johnson

Administrative Assistant

Joni is a native of Iowa, and has lived in Columbia since she and her husband, Ryan, were married in 1998. They are the proud parents to two sons and a daughter. Joni has home-schooled her children since 2007 and has volunteered in a variety of ways both in the church and community. Joni joined our staff in August 2015 as our Interim Youth Director, she then transferred to be our Administrative Assistant in November 2016. 

Cindy Luecht

Office Manager

Cindy was born and raised in Iowa.  She, and her husband Bill. moved to Columbia in 2003.  They have two rescue dachshounds named Henry and Emily.  They enjoy camping, reading and spending time with family and friends.  Cindy joined our staff in June 2018. 

Mickie Clark

Piano Accompanist 

Mickie moved to Columbia in 1962 when she married her husband, Larry.  They have raised 4 children and several grandchildren.  Mickie has been an accompanist for 33 years and joined our staff in 2001. 

Eric Aldrich

Organ Accompanist 


Eric and his wife, Charlie, have two young girls who enjoy spending time outdoors, and participating in church activities. Prior to joining Parkade, Eric was pianist and assistant organist at Fee Fee Baptist Church in the St. Louis area.  Beginning playing the piano at age 4, music has always been an important part of Eric’s life and he learned a great deal about the organ from his grandmother who was also a church organist.  Eric works for the University of Missouri as a meteorology professor and has been on staff at Parkade since November, 2002.