"Welcome! We want to invite you to come join us at High Street! Our desire is to provide an atmosphere for growth and ministry so you and your family can build a strong foundation. We hope you will join us as we seek to live out our mission to Love, God, Serve People, and Reach the World with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We hope you will join us this Sunday at 9AM or 10:30AM for a service!"

- Pastor Eddie & Cindy Lyons

Eddie Lyons


Eddie and his wife, Cindy, both grew up in the Philippines as children of missionaries. They are both graduates of Baptist Bible College here in Springfield. Eddie completed his MBA from the Ateneo University of Manila. Eddie and Cindy served for 20 years in the Philippines as missionaries. Eddie became the senior pastor of High Street in 2002, and Cindy serves as the Women’s Ministry Director. The Lyons have five children, Tiffany, Holly, Robert, Coco, and James.

Tom Demers

Executive and Youth Pastor

Pastor Tom has served at High Street since 2002. He graduated from Boston Baptist College and holds an M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty University. Pastor Tom is passionate about discipling and training up young men for ministry. He serves as an adjunct professor at Baptist Bible College and occasionally teaches college classes in other countries. He and his wife Laura have 3 children.

Gary and Lisa Wilson

WorldProject Directors

Gary & his wife Lisa have led our WorldProject missions program since 2004. They are privileged to work with almost 150 missionaries, church plants, and missions projects monthly. Gary and Lisa, along with the missions committee, also work with many other missionaries and projects through special gifts and other types of support. Gary has had the privilege of going to 40 different countries and going to many of them several times, which has taken him out of the US over 75 times. He loves to travel and go see missionaries to encourage them and also take teams to work with them. Gary has been a member of High Street since 1977.

Kyle Kicker

Worship Pastor

Kyle Kicker serves as Worship Pastor at High Street. He has been involved with High Street Worship since 2009. He is passionate about music and leading others in worship. His desire is to use music as a vehicle to point people toward Jesus. Kyle met his wife Kimberly at High Street and married her in 2012. Kyle and Kimberly have a son, Theo.

Logan Counts

Associate Pastor

Logan began coming to High Street in 2009 as a freshman at Missouri State University. After graduation, he began working for the Springfield Public School District as a physical education teacher. He continues to work full-time in education while serving as one of the Young Adults pastors at High Street.

Jared Bone

Young Adults and Outreach Pastor

Jared serves as High Street’s Young Adult and Outreach Pastor since 2014. He graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s in Economics. He is passionate about seeing people far from God realizing God’s love in their lives. Jared has been married to his wife, Tyler, for four years. They have two sons, Thatcher and Jettson.

Coco Lyons

Assimilation, Internship and Creative Director

Coco grew up in the Philippines as a missionary kid and has a passion to serve God in ministry. She joined the team at High Street in December of 2013 as the Connections Coordinator. She graduated from Baptist Bible College in 2015. She works with our Starting Point Class and loves getting people connected to the church and finding their gifting and passions in volunteering. She also works with our internship program and is passionate about raising up young leaders in the church.

Nancy Wade

Children's Director

Nancy is a third generation member of High Street. She became Children’s Director in January of 2017. Nancy taught kindergarten for 8 years while serving with her husband, Jim, in ministry in Dallas, Texas. She has 4 married children and 13 grandchildren. Besides leading the children’s area, she loves working with her volunteer team, helping them to fulfill their God-given purpose. Her goal is for every child who goes through the children’s program, to know that God loves them, God made them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever.

Matthew Smith

Community and Men's Director

Matthew has attended High Street since 2015 and been in his current role on staff since 2018. He graduated from Missouri State with a degree in Economics and is currently pursuing a degree in Biblical Theology through Western Seminary. Matthew is excited to see the men of the church fulfill the roles God has given them. He is a fan of MLB, particularly the St. Louis Cardinals. He and his wife Tabby are planning to be missionaries to Arabic-speaking peoples in Europe and the Middle East.

Laura Demers

Womens Ministry

Tom and Laura joined the High Street team in 2002. Laura is the Director of Bible Studies at High Street and also the Office Coordinator for High Street Women. Laura is passionate about equipping the church to grow spiritually and be effective witnesses. She and Tom have 3 children: Megan, Emma and Sam.