Rustic Hills is blessed to be led by these three men and their wives, who live out their faith in humility.

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Stan & Jan Lightfoot

Senior Pastor
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 from 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.
Stan recently earned his Doctor of Ministry degree (D. Min.) from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, MN. He enjoys reading, playing hockey, and occasionally hunting or fishing in the mountains.

Pastor John and Anna Mathew

John & Anna Mathew (Grace, Joy, Hope, David, and Daniel)

Administrative Assistant Pastor
At around seven years old, John Mathew trusted Christ as his Savior and was baptized at fourteen. God led him into full-time ministry, and he attended FBBC&TS, where he earned a bachelor of Arts Associate Pastor and Youth and Greek Emphasis and a master of divinity in pastoral studies. He met his wife, Anna, at college and was married after graduating. God has blessed us with three daughters, Grace, Joy, and Hope, and two sons, David and Daniel. He and his wife enjoy serving together in ministry and music. God drew him into ministry by giving him a passion for loving Christ and others and for cultivating this passion in the church. He wants to do this through quality Christian education, which teaches the Bible intentionally, systematically, and comprehensively. He enjoys music ministry, including singing and playing the trumpet. I also enjoy web design and development. He believes the most enjoyable and essential ministry is simply studying the Bible with anyone willing.

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David & Joann Vahle

Assistant Pastor Emeritus
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 and 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 2016.

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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)
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