Church Staff

Bill Hayes is our Senior Pastor here at Hillview.  He is very involved in the Free Will Baptist denomination.  He is on the Board of Directors for the Ohio State Association of Free Will Baptists serving as chairman.  He is the moderator of the Franklin Conference of Free Will Baptists and chairman of the Ordaining Council.  He is also the President/CEO of "Impulse International Mission Trips".

Bill was born in South Carolina but has lived most of his life in Kentucky and Ohio. He attended Lawrence County High School in Louisa, KY but graduated Northland High School in Columbus, OH in 1980. He attended Cedarville University majoring in Bible. He was saved at the age of eight years old at the North FWB Church where his father, Dr. James A. Hayes pastored. 

He and his family came to Hillview on January 3, 1993.  At the time, he had worked for CBC Companies in Columbus, Ohio. Bill's vision for Hillview is that it be the greatest church in the world - a place where Jesus Christ attends every Sunday.  Bill lives in Galena, Ohio with his wife Cheri.  He has two daughters Malari (husband Zac) Helman & Caitlin and is the grandfather of Levi & Judah. 


Jim Baker is a deacon and was and is a farm boy.  He was raised on a grain farm outside Canal Winchester, Ohio. Jim has a Bachelors degree in accounting and was
drafted while in college. After college he entered the United States Air Force
during the Vietnam era and met his wife Geri at his room-mates wedding in 1972.

Because of Geri and her Free Will Baptist background, Jim started going to her church on weekends and Jim became a Christian on October 19th 1972. Geri and Jim were married in the same church on September the 8th 1973. They held a Bible study in their home while in the Air Force and after the Air Force moved back to Canal Winchester so that Jim could take care of his Grandmother and Mother. Jim and Geri went to Heritage Temple Free Will Baptist where Paul Thompson was Pastor. After about 10 years they went to help a Free Will Baptist mission church outside Lancaster Ohio now called Open Door Free Will Baptist. They both taught Sunday School and Jim co-led the services. He also directed the choir and sang specials along with singing in a group. Jim also formed a men’s breakfast and Bible study one Saturday per month.In 2000 they began attending Hillview and have never been happier serving the Lord. Geri serves tirelessly in any capacity within the church and is an assistant Sunday School teacher.  Her heart has always been with missions. Geri and Jim teach the missions class for VBS.

Where there is food there is Jim. Jim believes in the four ‘F’s’; “Fun, Food, Fellowship and Free Will Baptists”. He is currently leading the Greeting ministry at Hillview and is usually found at the front doors greeting.  He was ordained a Deacon on December 11, 2005. That was and is his greatest accomplishment, being found faithful and a servant. Jim is a co-leader of his care group and of the Master’s Men group. Jim and Geri have two daughters Kimberly (Steven) and Katie (Mark) and one grandson Henry.


Jack Gessells is our most senior Elder. He was born at Childrens Hospital in Columbus, Ohio but lived most of his school years in Chillicothe. He graduated from Chillicothe High School and attended Columbus Business University earning a degree in Junior Accounting. He has lived the last 32 years in Gahanna after a year in Phoenix, Arizona.

While living in Chillicothe, he and his wife Martha conducted a bible club at Southeastern High School in Richmond Dale. They also played and sang at revivals and song fests around Ross and Pike counties and on a local radio station.

He was married to Martha (a great Christian wife and Mother) for 49 years. Martha had cancer and, after 3 ½ years of treatments, passed away on December 24, 2003. They have 3 children: Rick, Jeff and Krista.  There are 9 grand children and 2 Great-grand children as well.

Jack has attended Hillview since 1995. He has taught Sunday School  and works in the Hillview Care Group ministry. He was the first elder at Hillview.  Jack says, "I consider it a great honor, after severing several years as Deacon, to be an elder and working with the pastors and deacons. I think that Hillview has the greatest pastor and the greatest members in the whole world."  Jack also serves as church treasurer.


Brian Kreitzburg is an elder at Hillview Church. He was born in Columbus, Ohio and attended Messiah Lutheran Church in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. He met his wife Levonda at Reynoldsburg High School - yes, they were high school sweethearts. 

Brian and Levonda attended Columbus First Free Will Baptist for many years before attending Hillview. Their family started attending Hillview in 2002. They have 4 children:  Brandon, Zach, Michelle (husband Jay), and Todd.

Brian currently is employeed for Schwebel's Baking Company where he is a route salesman. You might see him driving his big yellow truck around Reynoldsburg. His desire is to spread God's word and he has a true servent's heart. He leads a care group in Etna, Ohio. This is a real love of his- teaching others about Jesus. Brian and his family currently live in Pataskala, Ohio.


Don Young is an Elder as well and was born in Columbus, OH but was raised in Logan, OH.  He was saved at the age of 15 and attended the First Baptist Church of Logan through high school. He graduated from Logan High School in 1979 before starting Otterbein College.  He met his wife Holly at Otterbein.  Don & Holly have 3 children: Jessica (husband Kyle), Teresa (husband Zach), and DJ (wife Raina) plus 9 grandchildren.

After getting married, Don & Holly moved back to Logan and Don started school at Hocking Technical College where he graduated from in 1982 with an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science.  Don later received a Bachelors Degree in Business from the Ohio Dominican College in Columbus.  Don & Holly moved from Logan in 1990 and now reside in Reynoldsburg.

Don started attending Hillview in March of 2004.  His first ministry was the leader of the Levite team.  Since that time he has been involved in the Men’s, Sports, Small Group and Sunday School ministries.  Don & Holly started hosting one of Hillview's Care Groups in 2005 before changing to Care Group leader in May of 2006.  Don’s group now meets on Friday evenings in Reynoldsburg.  In the fall of 2007, Don was charged to be a Deacon.  In 2010, Don became the third Elder of Hillview. 

Hillview is a very special place to Don.  “We had been looking for a church home since we left Logan and we never seemed to find the place where the Lord wanted us to be.  On our second visit to Hillview we knew this place was "Far From Ordinary" and this is where we were to serve the Lord and grow as Christians.  Hillview is such a great church, filled with exceptional people and lead by an extraordinary God loving pastor and an awesome & loving God and Savior.  We are honored and blessed to be part of the Hillview family.”


Mason Davis is our Youth Director. He was born in Columbus, OH and was saved in 2011 while out to lunch with Pastor Bill.  He graduated Watkins Memorial High School in the Pataskala area in 2004.  He received his Bachelors from the Ohio State University in 2009 and his Masters from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2014. Mason began attending Hillview in 2008 and became a member in 2011.

He met his wife Paula on a blind date and they were married in 2012. They have four children (De'Lana, Mila, Lucas, and Olivia) and have one on the way!

In Mason's own words, "It is an honor and privilege to work with the youth of this community in public school and here at Hillview. I enjoy spending my time with my ever growing family at the campgrounds or on road trips. When time allows I also enjoy exploring the country on my motorcycle and reflecting on the beauty of nature.


Darrell Hayes directs our Kingdom Kids children's ministry at Hillview.  He and his wife Mistie were married on March 18, 2000 and they reside in Reynoldsburg.  He has been a member of Hillview since November 2, 2008.  Darrell also works in our Sunday School as an assistant teacher and assistants in the Youth Group on Wednesday nights. Mistie is also a member of the Praise & Worship team and is involved in the Women Of Wonder (WOW) ministry at Hillview.  Darrell accepted the call to preach in 2012 and is willing to serve God anytime, anywhere! 

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