Rustic Hills is blessed to be lead by these three men who live out their faith in humility.
Stan & Jan Lightfoot
Stan Lightfoot grew up in Michigan and Wisconsin. He graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College, in Ankeny, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Denver Baptist Theological Seminary in Broomfield, Colorado with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.). He served as an Assistant Pastor at Calvary Community Baptist Church in Northglenn, CO from 1980-1992.
In 1993 the Lightfoot family moved to Colorado Springs where Stan assumed the duties of Senior Pastor at Rustic Hills Baptist Church. Seeing the great need in the community for better education, Stan and Jan were among the founders of James Irwin Charter High School. Stan served on the inaugural Board of Directors and as the second President of the Board.
Currently, Stan is working toward his Doctor of Ministry degree (D. Min.) from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, MN. He enjoys reading, playing hockey and the occasional hunting or fishing trip in the mountains.
David & Joanne Vahle
Pastor David Valhe was born in Missouri and raised in Illinois. He graduated with a BA from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in 1971. David has worked in youth ministry and the pastorate in Wyoming, California and Colorado. Also, he has taught in Christian Schools in those same states, as well as James Irwin Charter High School here in Colorado Springs. Overseas missions have always been on his heart and he spent a summer while in college in Brazil. Later, along with his lovely wife Joanne, David went to Baptist Bible College of the Caribbean as a teacher and Dean of Students from 2001 to 2005. He and Joanne moved to Colorado Springs in 2012 and he has been Associate Pastor of Rustic Hills Baptist Church since June of 2016.
Jeremiah & Jennifer Cates
Jeremiah and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 13 years and have 2 sons: Ethan (12), and Evan (9). Jeremiah and Jennifer met at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa where Jennifer finished her Bachelor degree in 2001, and Jeremiah finished his Master of Divinity in 2008. Jeremiah and Jennifer began serving the Lord in pastoral ministry at the Murray Baptist Church in Murray, Iowa in 2003, and have served in chaplaincy ministry for the past 14 years in the US Navy and US Army. Jeremiah was medically retired in 2017 due to injuries sustained while serving in Afghanistan. Jeremiah and Jennifer are very thankful to serve here at Rustic HIlls Baptist Church, and we invite you to visit and see what great things God is doing here!
How Do Baptists Differ from Other Churches?
Baptists have no founder or leader. They believe only the Bible can be their authority and must interpret it themselves. Baptists confess a mutual and common adherence to the whole Bible and its authority alone (Brown and Brown, 2009, p. 5)