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Chris Hicks

Hi, I’m Chris and I’m the Lead Pastor at Belvidere Heights Baptist Church. I’m primarily responsible for the overall leadership of the church and for the teaching on Sunday. I seek to teach the Scriptures and equip people to reach their God given potential.


My wife Cheryl and I came to Belvidere in February 2010. We married right out of high school in North Little Rock, Ark. We have two daughters, Crystal and Cheri who are both married. We have two great son-in-laws, Zack and Lucas, and God has blessed us thus far with five grandchildren, Alaina, Alyvia, Alex, Levi, and Caris.
My love for the Belvidere Heights community and greater area began when I visited the area to look around after being contacted about the church. What great potential lies within the people in this area.

BIRTHDAY: August 5

EDUCATION: B.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Williams Baptist College; Masters of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


  • Places – I enjoy going to Florida and the white sand beaches, going on mission trips anywhere, and being anyplace with my family.
  • Books/Audio – Anything on Leadership, Pastoral Ministry, or good commentaries on passages of Scripture. I like to listen to preachers on Bott Radio. 
  • TV/Movies – I watch Hallmark, HGTV, The Good Doctor, and enjoy action, war, and spy movies.
  • Music - I listen to a lot of contemporary Christian music, as well as some classic rock.
  • Sports Team – I love all kinds of sports. My favorites are the Arkansas Razorbacks, Kansas City Royals, and Kansas City Chiefs!
  • Hobbies – Golf, Hunting, Travel
  • Life Verse – My life verse is the first verse my mother taught me as a child. Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 This verse has carried me through my life and inspires me to share this truth with others.
  • Enjoy most about ministry – I enjoy seeing people find purpose and meaning in their life through a growing relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

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Missions Pastor

Gary Jones

Hi, I’m Gary the Missions Pastor at Belvidere Heights Baptist Church. I lead the Outreach and Mission ministries of the church. You can join me in mentoring, tutoring, hosting BBQ’s, block parties, going on mission trips, and other special community events.

My wife Gayla are new to Belvidere as of April 2018, having served for 12 years at The U Church as pastor. We have 7 children and 15 grandchildren who live in Texas, Louisiana, and Missouri. We love the Lord and his people. I’m excited to serve God’s people and this community enhancing the lives of others, while giving glory to God.

October 15th, is my birthday.

I have a MTS in Missions from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Eastern University.

I like to travel on cruses for vacation and for mission trips.

I read business, marketing, leadership, futuristic, and political books.

I like mysteries, dramas, and action pack movies

My life scripture is Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that wins souls is wise.”


Recovery Pastor

John Manning

Pastor John Manning leads the Christ Centered Recovery (CCR) ministry through Belvidere Heights. Pastor John and Mrs. Angela Manning are active in serving our Lord and helping people find restoration and fulfillment in life through the recovery Christ brings. 

Youth Pastor

Steven Graves

Hello, I’m Steven and I’m the Youth Pastor at Belvidere Heights Baptist Church. I’m primarily responsible for the leadership of the Reflect Student Ministry which is ages 11-18. It is my desire that the youth learn about God, and to trust God in all that they do.

Basic Stuff:

I was born on October 17, 1984 to Anthony & Desiree Graves. I was raised in the midtown area of Kansas City, MO by my grandmother Marva Saunders (Sugar Mama) who taught me to love God with all my heart. My wife Terri and I, as well as our children were called to serve at Belvidere in 2015. Prior to that, we were both lifetime members and served in various ministries at Pleasant Green Baptist Church, KCKS. We have 2 children, Tyler and Steven who both are very intelligent, energetic, and talented.

Birthday: October 17

Education: Northeast High School, KCMO; Current Student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Interest and Favorites:

  • Something Cool About Me – I am a Fire Fighter with the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department. But another cool thing is that from 1999-2010 I was a gospel Hip-Hop artist know as Supreme “the gospel rapper”.
  • Places – I love going to the East Coast because there are so many cities and places to visit. My favorite is Hilton Head, South Carolina.
  • Books/Audio – I love books that talk about God, Pastoral Leadership, as well as books that will make me laugh.
  • TV/Movies – I LOVE TO WATCH ESPN, I could sit and watch it all day even though they play the same thing over and over for hours at a time, LOL. BUT, my favorite movies of all time are The Cat In The Hat (Original Cartoon), and Catch Me If You Can.
  • Music – I love gospel hip-hop, worship songs, and jazz. I am a huge fan of Tasha Cobbs, Sauce Remix, Chris Lee, and KB.
  • Sports Team – LETS GO ROYALS, LETS GO (CLAP CLAP); and the home of the CHIEFS. I am a big fan of our hometown teams, and sometimes I turn my hats inside out because I’m mad at them for messing up.
  • Hobbies – Media, Music, Singing (when I’m alone).
  • Life Verse – My life and ministry verse is 1 Timothy 6:11 which says “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” I love this verse because it challenges as well as keeps me accountable as I lead people to God. There are so many distractions in the world today. But like Timothy, I am to flee (RUN) from anything that is not of God.
  • Enjoy Most About Ministry – I love being a blessing to people, which is what makes ministry fulfilling. I am so excited about what God is doing in my life and ministry as I lead the Reflect Student Ministry of the Belvidere Heights Baptist Church.


Assistant Pastor

Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson joined the Belvidere Heights family April 1, 2018. Pastor Stephen is an Assistant Pastor with duties assisting the Youth Pastor in Youth Ministry, helping with Worship on Sunday, and assisting the other Pastors as needed.