The Heart of Missouri Baptist Association exists to advance the Kingdom of Christ through church partnership.. We seek to assist, resource, and strengthen local churches in Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cooper, and Ralls counties as well as one church in Monroe county. We have a great geographical area that is rich in history of churches proudly serving their communities and sharing the gospel. Our oldest church was established in 1826 and our newest was just planted last year. 

One of the greatest parts of our association is the diverseness of metro, suburban, town and country, and rural churches. Though we are different in sizes, locations, and structures, we all serve the same purpose: to glorify God in a local setting.


HMBA has a Director of Missions and an Administrator that strive to serve through the day to day operations. We also have a Leadership Team that makes the decisions that guide the association forward between Executive Board and annual Full Association meetings.



"My name is Preston Thompson, and I proudly serve as the Director of Missions for our nearly 60 churches. I truly believe I was called to this position and have served as the DOM since January of 2016. I have been in ministry vocationally since 2005 with the last 12+ years spent in the central Missouri area.  

I am truly blessed to be the husband to my college sweetheart, Kami, since 2005, and the father to Noah, Levi, Charli, and Asher. We reside just outside of Fulton, MO on a small piece of property that we think is awesome. We are members of Richland Baptist in Kingdom City, MO." 

If you would like to schedule a time to meet with the Director of Missions at the office, or if you are a church that would like to schedule him to preach or give a presentation about Heart of Missouri Baptist Association, please click the link DOM Appointments to access his availability.  


Alternate Phone 573-826-9584



Charles Gholson has been on staff with the association since January 2022. He also serves on staff at Open Door Baptist Church since July 2016 and currently serves as the Executive Minister. Charles has an undergraduate degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri and a MATS degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served in the Marine Corps Reserves for 6 years.

Charles has been married to Laura since 2012 and they have to daughters, Hazel and Charlotte. They currently reside in NE Columbia and are members at Open Door.

Envelope  office@heartofmissouriba.org

Alternate Phone 573-544-0960

chris baker


Envelope  cbaker@centraliafbc.org

Alternate Phone  573-682-2148

scot thomson

vice president of hmba

Envelope scot@myrichland.org

Alternate Phone  816-216-4416

loren plank


Envelope  treasurer@heartofmissouriba.org

Alternate Phone 573-691-1498

Brad Kerr



Alternate Phone  573-642-3348

Reach Team Leaders


Scott Hanson (Midway Heights)



Jerry Patton (FBC Centralia)




Church Planting

Omar Segovia (Anthem Church)


Hope for the Nations

Brian Lehenbauer (FBC Vandalia)


REACh Strategy


Partnering together for a movement of revitalization and replanting through coaching, tools, and processes that result in healthy pastors, churches and leaders.

Education Ministry - Collegiate and local schools

Partnering together to engage educational campuses, networking among age graded ministries, and coordinating events designed to reach the next generation.

Advancement of Churches, Pastors, Ministries - Development

Partnering together to develop specialized training focused on strengthening associational pastors, churches, and leaders.

Church Planting

Partnering together to see a healthy multiplying church in every community through sending prayer, people, and provision.

Hope for the Nations - Missions

Partnering together to take the gospel to every nation and people group by way of the local church in connection with strategic partnerships in the field.