• 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 13 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 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. 

  • Aaron dogotch // outreach & connections


    Aaron is most passionate about Jesus Christ and the radical change He has made in his life. He knows that God’s Word is alive and active and is capable of changing others as well. Aaron is intensely deliberate in shepherding and the training of others to engage in ministry that God energizes. He has done ministry in MN and TN and is excited be on staff at Wellspring.

    He and Wynne have been married 14 years and have four children.

  • Tyler davison  //  student pastor


  • Laura pointer // connections and outreach


    Laura Pointer is the Director of Connections and Outreach at Wellspring. She graduated from Missouri State University and taught elementary school before joining the Wellspring staff in 2017.  She married her husband, Stephen, in 2008, and they have five children: Larissa, Tabatha, Olivia, Seth, and Lucy. Laura is passionate about connecting new visitors to Wellspring, as well as helping Wellspring members connect to ministry opportunities within the church and the community.

  • mary jo smith // communication and home groups


    MJ is the Director of Communications and Home groups at Wellspring. She graduated from James Madison University and is a former teacher. She has been married to Scott for over 13 years and has two children, Grayson and Mollie Kate. Mary Jo is excited about having people make connections to home groups so they can experience the fact that "life happens in circles, not rows."

  • 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 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 haven been married for 3 years. 

  • tracy fisher // wellspring kids intern


    Tracy is the Wellspring Kids Intern. She is currently a senior in the Social Work Department at Missouri Southern State University. She is loves working with kids. She has worked for CentriKid Camps and has been a babysitter/nanny for the last 2 years. She loves seeing how God uses kids to change your perspective on things.