Church Leadership


Our Staff is a group of servant leaders who strives to lead  the congregation that God has assembled to follow the vision that God has given. They do this with prayer, humility, love and laughter.


Pastor Cory majors

Cory came to West Baptist in September 2013 as the Senior Pastor.  Cory has been married to his high school sweetheart since 1993 and they have four children (Grady, Rachel, Caedmon, and Evan).  Cory has  a Bachelor's Degree in Religion from Liberty University and is currently finishing a Master of Divinity in Christian Ministries from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He enjoys spending time with family, lifting weights, good coffee and a wide range of music. His heart's desire is to see genuine transformation in God's people to the glory of God.

Family pastor Will Gruenewald


Will came to West Baptist in October 2014 from Brownsville, TN where he served as youth pastor.  Will is married to Jill and they have a beautiful daughter Alynna and son Alden.  Will has a Bachelor's degree from Union University as well as a Masters of Arts in Christian Education from Union Theological Seminary.  His ministry covers Children and Students as well as their families.  He longs to see the parents as the primary disciple-makers for their children as outlined in Deuteronomy 6.



Worship leader Joe Shell

Joe has been leading Worship at West Baptist since November of 2014 and has a heart for the whole congregation to participate in worship. Joe has a bachelor’s degree in Music Theory from Ouachita Baptist Univ., with additional study in music business from Belmont Univ., and a Master of Music degree in composition from the Univ. of North Texas. He spent 10 years working in Christian music publishing in Nashville with BMG. He was then led to Indiana as Exec. Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes National Conference Center where, while managing the facility, he had the blessing of helping to launch the FCA National Motocross ministry. After returning to Arkansas in 2006, Joe led music at Ruddell Hill Baptist Church in Batesville while operating a lawncare business and managing the family’s cattle farm. Joe is married to Janelle and has 4 kids: Hunter (married to Kathryn), Hannah, Jake, and Jet. Most recently, Joe and Janelle, along with another couple, renovated and currently operate the historic Melba Theater on Main Street, which just celebrated the 2ndanniversary of it’s grand reopening. Joe serves on the Batesville City Planning Commission, the board of Montessori Christian Academy, and on the Executive Board of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.



Office Assistant Tonja Hewitt

Tonja has been our office assistant since February 2017.  She and her family hail from Mississippi which is obvious from her southern hospitality and contentious demeanor.  Her family is her greatest joy and they seek to serve the Lord through their musical talents. They love the Mississippi State Bulldogs.