• Scott Smith // lead pastor


    Scott Smith is the founding and Senior Pastor of Wellspring Church. He has served at two churches in Texas and Missouri as Minister to Students and Families. Scott is a graduate of Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC, and completed his Masters from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2013. He has been married to Mary Jo for 15 years and they have 2 children; Grayson and Mollie Kate.

  • phil mehrens // worship pastor phil@visitwellspring.com

    Phil loves to lead God’s people in worship and mentor musicians, singers, and songwriters for the Kingdom. He and His wife, Jodie have 4 children and an ever increasing number of amazing grandchildren. Phil loves working in the local church. He has been a worship pastor for over 20 years. He has led worship at many conventions and conferences in the states and overseas. He is also staff songwriter for Sunday Best Music, Nashville, TN with over 25 songs released in musicals by Lillenas as well as recorded by artists. 

  • mary jo smith // communications


    MJ is the Director of Communications at Wellspring. She graduated from James Madison University and is a former teacher. She has been married to Scott for over 15 years and has two children, Grayson and Mollie Kate. 

  • bekah seward // family ministries


    Bekah Seward is the Wellspring Kids Director. She has been married to Nate for almost 10 years, and they have two great kiddos: Ainsley and Henry. She grew up in Carthage, MO and graduated from MSSU in 2011. She has been a stay at home mom since 2012 and has served in children's ministry programs since she was a teenager. Bekah loves to see kids of all ages learn that God's Word is real and true, and His grace is never ending!

  • dakota witzman  // Creative and Technical Director 


    Dakota has been in the Joplin area most of his life. Born and raised in church he would say he has a “pretty boring salvation story”, but even at his relatively young age, has seen God move in his life and the lives of those around him. Dakota is excited to be a part of Wellspring and use his technical gifting to make the name of Jesus famous. 

    He and his wife Deborah have been married for 5 years. 

  • Jaydon Fricker // Wellspring Kids' Intern

    Jadon Fricker was born in Oklahoma and was raised in the church. Volunteering in his church’s children’s and youth ministry since he was a teenager, he saw the importance of reaching the next generation for Christ. He is currently in his third year at Ozark Christian College where he is studying Children’s Ministry.

  • Lucas Grogg // WELLSPRING students' intern


    Lucas Grogg is married to Caitlynn Grogg and they have been married for under a year. Lucas is also a student at Ozark Christian College pursing a degree in Spiritual Formation so that he can teach people how to be a disciple of Jesus while pursing a life long journey towards Christ. Lucas is also the youth intern here at Wellspring. This means he is able to create relationships with the students while also teaching them what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

  • Kathryn Lyman // Wellspring Worship Intern

    Kathryn Lyman is the worship intern at Wellspring. Her last name will soon be changing because she is engaged to Noah Ulrich. She is originally from Collinsville Oklahoma but moved to Joplin to study at Ozark Christian college where she is seeking a degree in Christian Ministry. She also works as a dance teacher at Karen's Dance studio. Kathryn is excited to see how God will use her to further the Kingdom through Wellspring whether it be in worship ministry, or otherwise. 

  • Ryan Schenewerk // WYAM Intern

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