Our Leadership and Staff
Dr. Ashley Olinger
A glimpse into my life...
A glimpse into my family life will reveal the blessings God has granted to me having been married to Lisa now for almost 30 years, God has blessed us with a home filled with excitement and laughter. But the two have now become 10 as our boys have married and so far given us four wonderful grandchildren. This gives me a tremendous sense of stability love and gratitude.
If you have watched the show "Ice Road Truckers" , then you have a little glimpse into the early days of my working life. Growing up in Northwestern Canada, I spent most of my time behind the wheel of a truck in the mountains before God called me to full-time Ministry. This gives me a practical and down-to-earth perspective on both life and Ministry.
My Ministry experience will give you a glimpse into the journey God has taken our family on that has ultimately found as serving here at Country Meadows Baptist Church. We have served in three locations prior to Missouri: Alberta, Canada, North Dakota, and Southern Illinois. My experience runs from church planting, to an oil boom, to small town America. This has given me an appreciation for churches in all stages, and a passion and desire to see God's people become the Missionary People he intended us to be.
And a glimpse into my education will allow you to see the personal growth and interest God has given me. My Bachelor of Christian Ministry showed me that I wasn't quite as smart as I thought I was. My Master of Divinity gave me the tools to begin this journey of ministry. And my Doctor of Ministry confirms that I still have a great deal to learn. This has implanted within me a deep desire to learn, grow, and share what I've gained with others.
So it is with the blessings of the past and anticipation for the future that we embark on this journey with Country Meadows Baptist Church.
Justin & Emily Thatcher
Emily has been a member at CMBC since December, 2013, and started serving in the student ministry as a sponsor shortly thereafter. She has a passion for teaching and counseling youth around her, all while showing them the love of our Savior.
Justin has a great love for Jesus and shares that love with others around him. He enjoys landscaping, gaming, and spending time with family. He started attending CMBC with Emily in 2016, when they were dating. He felt called by the Lord to become a member of the church, and right after that, he felt God's calling to marry Ms. Emily Taylor.
The two became one under God on April 7, 2017, right here at CMBC. They now serve alongside each other as leaders in the student ministry, and are thrilled to be a part of what God is doing in the youth at Country Meadows!
Karen has been serving at Country Meadows since 2009 and on staff since 2014. She is passionate about using her gifts to serve her savior. She enjoys correcting grammar and spelling, playing trivia games, baking, and using the oxford comma.
Cym has been serving in Children's Ministry at Country Meadows for more than 25 years, and on staff since 2006. She loves Jesus and loves sharing that love with children! She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Tim, for more than 35 years. She is the proud grandmother of 9 grandchildren and enjoys spending as much time with them as possible. When she isn't hanging out with kids, she enjoys reading, scrap-booking, spending time with friends and traveling with her husband.