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Meet our Staff

Stephen Smith

Chris and Courtnie Betzhold

Senior Pastor

Life Mission: To give hope and healing in Christ. A unique manner of sharing biblical truth in a simple, down to earth style is designed to open a path of encouragement and connection.
Loves of Life: Debra, my wife. Jai and Brandon, my children. Avie and Liza, my grandchildren.
Favorite Things: Studying the Bible, sharing the Word, equipping young ministers, casting vision, planning strategies of church growth, fellowship, fishing, road trips, banana pudding and Alabama football.
Least Favorite Things: Monopoly, brussel sprouts, boxed desserts, and orange football.
Heroes: Ed Smith (father), P.D. Creel (grandfather), a group of ministers one generation older that have always been willing mentors.
School: University of Alabama (School of Business); Lee College [BA]; University of Mobile [MA]
HRC: A welcome blending of family, worship, mission, and genuine friendship.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith

Administrator and Choral Director

Life: I am a fanatical follower of Jesus. I serve the Hunting Ridge family as choral director and volunteer coordinator. I'm living my dream!

Favorite Things: Digging deep into God's Word and discovering new truths constantly. My two nieces, Avalyn and Eliza. Sunglasses. Eating. Tubing. Kayaking. Alabama Football. Road Trips. Disney Villains.

Least Favorite Things: Least Favorite Things: Stagnant worship. Mediocrity. Tilapia.

Heroes: Stephen Smith, my pastor and father. Debra Smith, my biggest fan and greatest critic. Ida Mae Creel, my great grandmother who absolutely loved life and her family.

In My Spare Time: I am the owner of a small catering company, "in the box" located in Prattville. I love planning events and cooking.

HRC: A place where everyone is significant, everyone is loved, and everyone can find purpose and a mission.

Blake and Holly Johnson

Blake and Holly Johnson

Youth Pastor

The Lord placed a desire in my heart for Junior and Senior High students back in 2006. I want them to know the Love of God that is Never-Ending and Never-Failing. I believe that through Jesus Christ there is purpose in students' lives. God has laid out a path for which this purpose can be obtained and they become leaders and examples to those around them. My wife, Holly, shares the desire to see students lead a life of purpose through a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.

We were blessed with our son Tatum in September 2012.

Rev. Henry and Elsie Williams

Chris and Courtnie Betzhold

Senior Adult Pastors

Enjoy spending time with my wife, children and grandchildren, good sermons, teaching Sunday school, listening to Southern Gospel music,some golf and eating out at good restaurants.

Janet and Jim Manderson

Chris and Courtnie Betzhold

Women's Ministries President and Special Events

Janet has served in several areas of ministry at HRC over the past 25 years and currently serves as our Women's Ministries Director.  She and her husband, Jim has been married 43 years.  They have two children and three grandchildren. 

Besides her love for ministry she enjoys spending time with the grandchildren, shopping, camping and is an avid War Eagle fan.

Rev. Dale and Lori Lawrence

Chris and Courtnie Betzhold

Missions Pastor

Dale serves as the Missions Pastor at Hunting Ridge Church. He and his wife Lori have been married for 14 years and have been blessed with Nathan (19 months old), who is definitely keeping them on their toes.

Dale recently received his Master’s Degree in Music Education which combines his love for music and his love for youth and enables him to be a Godly example in our schools. With the many roles that we encounter in life, Dale’s most important objective is to glorify God and live a Life of worship.

Latriece Free

Chris and Courtnie Betzhold

Administrative Assistant

Not only do I get to go to HRC and worship an amazing God every week, I get to work there too. And I couldn’t ask for a better job, I love working in the office and keeping everything running and everyone on task.

Things I love: spending time with my husband Jason and three children, Whitney, Preston, and Mallory, eating chocolate, reading, shopping with my girls and watching my son work on his karate.

Breanna Gentry

Children's Pastor

Becoming the Children's Pastor at Hunting Ridge Church was the opportunity of a lifetime for me. I have always had a passion and love for children and now God has opened up the door for me to use that passion for Him. I want children to learn about Jesus in a fun way but also learn to worship Him in their own way. I want to build relationships with all the children and their family that come to Hunting Ridge Church. When children leave Ridge Town on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, I want them to be excited about what they learned and share that excitement with others.

Family: I have a wonderful husband, Jason, who supports me in the ministry and is the hardest worker you will ever meet. We have two children, Jodie and Brodie. Jodie loves being in dramas at church and she loves softball. Brodie loves talking to people and asking lots of questions.

Favorite Things: Spending time with my family, organizing and planning events, flip flops, Mexican food, Chick-fil-a, reality shows, and winter.

Least Favorite Things: Most seafood, disorganization, and high heels.

School: Associates Degree with a Concentration in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix.