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 2014. He comes with experience in leading worship at Ruddell Hill Baptist Church, as well as experience with FCA Motocross ministry. Joe has a degree in Music Engineering from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He and wife Janelle along with another couple are renovating the historic Melba Theater on Main Street Batesville. They have four children, Hunter, Hannah, Jake and Jet.  Joe has a heart for the whole congregation to participate in worship



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.