Our Team

This ministry is for those who are core leaders, ministers, & deacons. This ministry is a built around our third component of our vision statement which is, "Serve The World." This component is a very extensive process.

To be a leader of a ministry at Living The Word Church, you must:

  • Attend church regularly

  • Be a faithful giver

  • Displays a heart of integrity

  • Understands the Vision of Living The Word Church

  • Have taken our Membership Class

  • Completed a Gifts Assessment/Salvation Testimony

  • Completed Leadership Application

  • If application accepted, has enrolled in Leadership University


Leadership Team


Lead Pastor  email  facebook  twitter

Pastor David T. Hawkins was born the youngest of eleven sons and one daughter. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Masters of Arts in Theology from Covenant Seminary. 

 At the age of twenty-one Pastor David Hawkins accepted the call of Pastor at Living The Word Church Fellowship. In 1998 he took over as Pastor with two members and a bankrupt church. Through his dedication and Kingdom Focus, he has seen God grow the ministry to worshipping with over 600 people per weekend. He believes in Teamwork for the Kingdom and is known to make the work of God lots of fun. He enjoys sports and is an avid reader.

His desire is to help create a place of worship where there is a felt difference in our love, our lives, and our worship. 



Executive Pastor

With more than 20 years of experience in management and executive leadership roles across higher education, healthcare, and the local church; Dr. James Paine brings a wealth of experience, passion and spiritual gifting to his role as executive pastor. In addition to his work at Living the Word Church, Dr. Paine is also an author, evangelist, and co-founder of the Foundation for Successful Marriages with his wife of over 20 years, Marissa. Dr.Paine’s is a bi-vocational executive with a master's and earned doctorate in education. He and his wife have three young adult children and currently reside in the greater St. Louis region.



"Kingdom Kidz" Leader  email  facebook  


Candace has been around church her entire life. Her passion is children, their well being, and their christian education. Our children's ministry focus is very important to training the next generation to be Victorious Disciples while also giving them age appropriate curriculum in an exciting way. We teach ages 6 weeks to 13 years grade simultaneously with adult worship services. More info on Children's Ministry



Men's Ministry Leader

John has a great passion for seeing men as disciples of Jesus Christ. As the leader of the Men's "Locker Room" Ministry, John brings a great energy and enthusiasm to his work in the Kingdom as he is often serving in multiple capacities. John is married to Katre. 


Video Director & Web Campus Team Leader: email Facebook 

Adrienne is dedicated to making God famous. She loves how technology integrates with the Gospel and is a sponge when it comes to technology and the church. She was a key member of the merging of two churches and has been a key contributor to what we now know as Living The Word Church. 

She has her degree in Mass Communication from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. 


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Prayer Team Leader

Minister Allen Wicks has a passion for people coming to know Christ. He leads and trains our Prayer Counselor Ministry. He has ministered in the Metropolitan area for a number of years and loves to see God change lives. He has authored 2 books and travels around the country to speak.  

Prayer Counseling typically takes place after a sermon is preached and an invitation is given for people to come forward to the front of the church to receive prayer, make a commitment or seek the Lord.

 We do our best to cultivate an environment where people can feel safe to receive prayer. The gifts of the Spirit are often in operation and are used with sensitivity and compassion.



Guest Services Team Leader

Chekaya is dedicated to helping people connect with the ministry and becoming a part of Living The Word Church Family. She reflects the heart of God pertaining to fellowship. She longs for those who are looking for a connection with Christ, a church home, and a family to all fellowship and build a heavenly bond that will last a lifetime. 


Magnification (Worship) Leader

Corn comes to LTWC with 25 years of ministry experience. Corn's passion and drive musically is simple, he wants people to feel closer to God with every song. As the Magnification Leader, Corn is "fired up" about the amazing ministry gifts in the music department. Corn's original worship music can currently be heard on Gospel radio. Corn is married to Connie. 


 Communications & Marketing Leader email Facebook 

Leslie is dedicated to advancing the Kingdom through connecting guests to the Ministry. She has a heart to see people "planted" and "gathered" in God's Kingdom via Living The Word Church. She is also our graphic communications specialist. She helps get the "Word" out. Her team is  responsible for connecting guests, visitor follow up, print production, marketing and advertising, social media, and website communication. 


Head of Security

Jon is dedicated to creating a safe environment where God's people can worship freely.  As the Head of Security at LTWC, Jon leads a team who serves each time we gather, whether in worship or fellowship activities. Jon's heart for serving also extends to his country as he is a U.S. Army veteran. Jon is married to Tonya. 


College Campus Team Leader email Facebook  

Valerie is a dedicated servant of God. She desires to help build young, dedicated followers of Jesus Christ on our College Campuses.

Her heart for ministry extends from being brought up in the church and loving God's people and God's purpose. She is a gifted singer, facilitator, and student of the Gospel. 


Ascension Youth Ministry Team Leader: email Facebook

The one thing that is universal in the world of our next generation is the uncertainty they face as they move into the future.  The Ascension Teen Ministry (A.T.M.) serves as a platform to assist our youth in building their relationship with Christ as they Love God, Love Others, and Serve the World.  While growing spiritually, we will explore the lives of our teens and the many challenges they face.  This ministry, which focuses on youth 13 – 18 years old, will follow our students from middle school through the completion of high school.  By supporting them during those ever-changing years, we will develop a rapport that will allow us to guide them as they transition into young adulthood. Kim can be reached at ascension@livingtheword.net.


Audio Team Leader

Jeff is adamant about making things work for the church. His technological "bent" allows him to serve wonderfully as our Lead Sound Tech. He is a newbie to Living The Word Church but his heart to learn has yielded tremendous growth.

He is married and has 3 children. 


Community Groups Team Leader email

Valencia exemplifies the heart of discipleship. She is a student of the Bible and loves to see people grow in their faith. Her commitment to the Kingdom stems from her youth till now. She has been with Living The Word Church since 2003 and has seen the church experience explosive growth from 15 people. 

She leads a key area of our church, Community Groups, and undergirds other ministries as a volunteer. Click here for classes & signup.


Secretary email Facebook 

Latonya is a wonderful and compassionate worker. She has been with Living The Word Church since 2006. She enjoys the freedom of worship and loves the behind the scenes task at the church. She works closely with Pastor Hawkins in order to ensure obectives are met as we walk in excellence.

Teaching Team

Allen Wicks

Allen Wicks has been a member of Living The Word Church since 2009. He is an author of 2 books (Homosexuality in the Music Ministry & What To Do if My Child Says I'm Gay or Transgender). He is a dedicated leader and servant of the Body of Christ. 

Lillie Purchase

Lillie is a dedicated servant of the Body of Jesus Christ. She serves in many roles of support and help within the ministry. She is passionate about God being honored and glorified.