Dr. Jeff Reed
I am privileged to be in my 31st year of pastoral ministry. Presently I serve as lead pastor. My beautiful wife Becky and I are in our 34th year of marriage and the Lord has blessed us with two wonderful children Micah and Emily. As a reformed believer, I am ever about reforming to the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. While this is a daily effort, I am encouraged by the apostle Paul who wrote, "I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1.6 ESV) Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
Dr. Anna Teel
Pastor of Pastoral Care and Church Administration
I am blessed to serve in my 15th year of pastoral ministry at Bella Vista Community Church. I felt that God was calling me into vocational Christian ministry at the age of 15. My education journey includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, and graduate degrees—Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry—from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. I enjoy walking outdoors, going to the movies, and traveling. The adventure continues as I focus on the areas of pastoral care and church administration at BVCC. In John 13.34-35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Pastor Cody Ragland, MS, LAC
Family Ministries Pastor
I grew up in Marshall, Arkansas. I am the older of two boys. I grew up going to church regularly, playing sports and working. After high school, I attended Lee University in Cleveland, TN, where I earned my undergraduate degree in pastoral ministries. After Lee University, I continued my education at John Brown University where I earned a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling. I met my wonderful wife, Karissa, while we were attending graduate school at John Brown. After graduating from John Brown, I went through a year-long internship at Fellowship Bible Church, working primarily with young professionals. I have a heart for God and making disciples for Christ.
Children's Ministry Director
I moved to Northwest Arkansas in 9th grade and the Lord radically changed my life. In high school He called me to ministry and in college answered my prayer heartily to "break my heart for the things You break for." Since then I have gotten to live a lot of places and have been asked to love on dance students, youth groups, businessmen, Korean kids, and teens who have struggled with addictions. I studied at Ouachita Baptist University and majored in Christian Studies Missions with a minor in Sociology. I am also a certified teacher in English as a Second Language, Elementary Education, and Middle School Social Science. I enjoy singing (especially in Asian karaoke rooms), traveling, dancing, making super cheesy jokes, experiencing new cultures, hanging out with my cute puppies, Ara and Addy, and investing in the lives of young people!
Mike Walkup has been the Director of Music at BVCC since 1998. He has been a church music director and musician since he was 18 years old. Mike is a graduate of Emporia State University. He is married to Natalie Walkup. Both Walkups are classically trained professional opera singers. Mike has been a public school music teacher since 1985 (having taught preschool through college level) and is currently a general music/choir director for the Bentonville School system. The Walkups have one married daughter who is also a professional opera singer. They have one grandchild. In the summer you can find Mike playing with his granddaughter, on his boat fishing and swimming, on the golf course or playing with their French Bulldog T-bone and Olde English Bulldogge Blossom.