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.

Cody Gregory

Youth Director 

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.  

Hannah Gregory

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 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. 

Kevin Browne

Interim Worship Leader

Kevin Browne joined our staff in June 2019 as our Interim Worship Leader. For 20 years, Kevin served as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force in which he preached, planned and led worship services. Kevin is an ordained Baptist minister and he currently serves as Missouri State Trail Life Chaplain and is Parkade’s Trail Life Troop Chaplain.