Meet the Staff
Donovan Stewart
Senior Pastor
Pastor Donovan was raised in Parkersburg WV. He attended Marshall University in Huntington WV for college. In 2000 he moved to Lexington to enter the Lexington Police Department Training Academy. Pastor Donovan worked 5 ½ years on patrol in downtown Lexington, KY and was then appointed to serve as the full time Department Police Chaplain in July of 2006. Pastor Donovan has completed Bible College and Seminary work through Liberty University, Andersonville Theological Seminary and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Donovan has had the privilege of serving various local churches in numerous leadership capacities over his many years of ministry. He is now excited and grateful to plant and pastor The Mission Church of Lexington. Pastor Donovan has a wonderful wife and 2 amazing children.
Jeffery Honchell
Worship Pastor
“Praise The Lord! Sing to Him a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints” Psalm 149:1 I believe God planted the desire to sing joyful praises in all of our hearts… but I think I went back for a second helping when He was handing out the desire for joyful praise and worship. I just love lifting praises to our Lord Jesus Christ in song. I’ve been told I often have a big smile on my face when I am leading in worship, but I don’t think I can sing praises about God or to God without getting excited. I have been blessed to serve in ministry for over 30 years, as a Worship Leader for Adult, Youth and Children’s ministries, as a guitar player, vocalist, actor in dramatic productions, Vacation Bible School leader, and even as a teacher of Evangelism and Discipleship. As much as I love music my greatest joys have come from the times I have been privileged to be a part of leading someone to a relationship with Christ as Lord of their life. There is nothing like seeing a life changed by coming to know Christ as Savior and Lord. Along my journey God equipped me with Godly parents to guide and support me and later with my Godly wife, Pamula to encourage and love me through life’s challenges. If this wasn’t enough, God blessed me even further with a loving church family at The Mission Church of Lexington. No matter where you are in your “journey” I know you’ll find The Mission Church is a place where you can become valuable part of God’s family and take your next spiritual step of obedience in following God’s plan for your life. I look forward to seeing you here.
Eric McCrickard
Associate Pastor
Eric McCrickard has spent most of his life in Lexington KY. He is a graduate of Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies and a Master of Art in Christian Apologetics. He is currently attending Liberty University Rawlings School of Divinity engaging doctoral studies in Theology and Christian Apologetics. Eric has held many positions in church leadership from Deacon to Children’s ministry. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a retiree from the Lexington Police Department serving our community for twenty years. At the Mission Church of Lexington, Eric serves as Associate Pastor, student ministry, and leads our Christian Apologetics class (Illuminate). He is married to a godly woman (April), also a Lexington Police retiree, who serves in women’s ministry and assists in student ministry. They have three children all of which know Jesus as Lord and Savior. Eric has been led to ministry and evangelism through Christian Apologetics and on this platform, take the Gospel of Christ to our communities and strengthen the faith and understanding of the body of Christ. Thus, “equipping the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12).”
Becky Stewart
Administrative Assistant
Becky Stewart has served in many areas in church ministry for over 20 years. She has worked in Children’s and Youth ministry, Worship Ministry, as an Administrative Assistant, and in Graphic & Technology. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Marshall University. She has been a schoolteacher for 10 years and is currently the Art & Music Teacher at Summit Christian Academy. Becky came to know the Lord as her personal Savior when she was five years old and has loved God and served Him ever since. Becky’s life verse is Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him.
Cheryl Walker
Mission Kids Director
Cheryl grew up in Virginia and moved to Kentucky later in life. She gave her life to the Lord at an early age. Her love for children began at an early age where she loved to help with children’s church and church camp. She believes that babies can learn about Jesus from birth. She has been involved in children’s ministry for over 18 years and has taught Sunday School and has helped with Vacation Bible School. Before becoming our Mission Kids Director, she served with her husband Dan as the Community Compassion Team Leaders where they enjoyed serving and giving back to others. That is one of their heart beats. Cheryl feels the Lord has led her in her next step of serving Him by serving as the Mission Kids Director. The Lord has given Cheryl and Dannie 4 children and 15 grandbabies, which are all blessings to them. Her life verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”