• 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. 

  • James Gonzalez  // Interim associate pastor

    James has an extensive background in management and leadership, developed over 15 years of work in the military and in business. After finishing his Master of Arts in Christian Studies from Criswell College, James transitioned to full time vocational ministry. He and his wife Sara are planning to move to Southeast Asia later this year to work with a ministry that educates and equips future church leaders. They have been married 13 years and have five children, Katie, Miriam, Priscilla, Emily and Isaac.

  • 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 // wellspring kids director


    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 3 years. 

  • Amy mullins // wellspring kids' intern