Lead Team, Leadership
Anyone who knew Aaron as he grew up in Joplin, Missouri would not have predicted that this shy, introverted boy would follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and become a pastor; much less that he would serve as lead pastor of a large church. Certainly, Aaron didn’t think so. Or want to. After high school, he enrolled in Ozark Christian College to major in counseling. But during his freshman year, Aaron felt God’s call to preaching ministry. At first, he fought it. Then he reluctantly gave it a try, as a guest preacher in a small Arkansas church. “It was the scariest thing I’d ever done,” he says now. “Feeling that call affirmed by the Spirit of God, I couldn’t wait to do it again.” He switched his major to preaching.
Fast forward to 2007, when, after nine years in ministry, Aaron and his family moved to Indiana to join Traders Point. Now he and wife Lindsay and their four children—son Conor and daughters Campbell, Kennedi, and Kadence—are firmly entrenched in the community and the church’s future. Aaron’s messages, often described by congregation members as “biblical,” “honest,” “bold,” and “challenging,” are obviously inviting as well, even to those who have not yet come to Christ.
But Aaron makes it clear that neither his focus—nor Traders Point’s—is on numbers. Instead it’s on the health of the church and its mission to clarify the gospel message in word and action by making Jesus known. Or as Aaron explains, “We’re not trying to grow the church for anybody but Jesus.”