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.

Leah Cox

Worship Leader

Leah grew up in rural southeast Missouri.  Before coming to Parkade in 2016, she completed her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in music and education and taught elementary music for 12 years.  Since childhood, she has been active in her church’s music ministry.  Her responsibilities at Parkade include leading the music during our services each week, directing the adult choir and Praise Team, and assisting with the music in other areas of our church’s ministries. She is also the leader of of Women’s Ministry Team and leads our Divorce Care program. She and her husband, Jeff, have two sons and have lived in Columbia since 2008.

Cody Gregory

Youth Director and Facility Manager

Cody is originally from Hannibal Missouri.  Cody has a BA in History and Religion from the University of Missouri.  Cody joined our staff as Youth Director in February 2017.  Cody added the role of Facility Manager to his responsiblities in March of 2018. 

Hannah Casey

Children’s Director 


Hannah has worked with children since she was a teenager.  In addition to working as our Children’s Director, she also works full time job at Rock Bridge High School as their Student Activities Secretary. Hannah joined our staff in March of 2018. 


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 and are the 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 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.