Christian Ministries is a church where you are welcome! Our vision is to minister to the family by impacting the individual. We aim to teach the Word of God in it’s complete truth and life-changing power. We believe the Christian life is to be lived all week long. Being a part of the CMC family gives you a strong foundation and environment to grow from and thrive in with other Christians. Learn more..



Sunday School: 9:30am
Worship Service: 10:30am
Nursery available for ages 0-4 during services
CM Youth (grade 7-12): 6:00pm


Worship Service: 6:30pm
CMC Kids  (grade K-6): 6:30pm
Nursery & Pre-K class : 6:30pm


Christian Ministries Church began on September 17, 1972. Don and Hettie Lue Brooks started the ministry in Hot Springs, Arkansas along with their family. Pastor Ashley Ellison was ordained out of CMC, and began pastoring this work in Southwest Missouri in 2004.



Christian Ministries Church is a non-denominational charismatic church focused on making a positive impact upon the cities of Southwest Missouri by creating a church atmosphere where all individuals and families can grow in faith and discover God’s plan for their lives.



Christian Ministries Church does not have a formal membership process. If you are a regular attendee, then you are considered a member. However, we do have new members’ dinners to introduce all those who have joined in the past year.


Senior Pastors: 
Ashley & Michelle Ellison
Adam & Cynthia Jones:
Adam Teaches Math at CMA and is a great communicator of the Word.
Chatman & Hannah Laxton:
Chatman teaches Math and English Class at CMA and coaches the basketball team.
     Derek & Courtney Harralson:
Courtney Teaches Kindergarten through the 2nd Grade at CMA.


Melanie & Rick Bertoglio:
Melanie Leads Worship at CMC and teaches English Class at CMA.






Kenan & Tristyn Sims:
Kenan keeps up with the grounds and maintenance at CMC. Tristyn does media and works in the church office.










Christian Ministries Church is active! We want YOU to get to know others, and be known. 
The best way to get connected is by committing yourself to a life group. Serving in our church and community, and participating in services and events are great ways to connect also. 
Scroll down to learn more about each group and how to become involved.

College & Career

The College & Career Life Group brings together “young” people from similar walks of life. If you’re a recent high school graduate, current college student, or even in your 20s or 30s, this group is for you! Connecting with like minded people in this stage of life is foundational for your walk through life with Christian friends. We want to connect and do life together! Check out our upcoming events below!

Young Married

This Life Group is for married couples that still are not a long way into the whole “family” experience. It’s that time of discovering what partnership and friendship in your marriage is really all about, and for some of us, how to manage life with young children. So if you are newly married, been married for a while with no kids, or maybe even have a few little ones, the “Young Marrieds” Life Group is a great place for you!

Early Family Life

Do you usually find yourself barely completing a hectic day’s schedule and then just starting all over again the next day? So do we! The early years of family life can bring many changes and challenges. In the midst of these busy schedules, it is so important for young families to enjoy the season they’re in and stay connected and involved in the Body of Christ. This enthusiastic Life Group exists to encourage families to grow in intimacy with God, with one another, and with other families.

Mid Family Life

If your kids are from middle school to high school age, you’ll connect with the families in this Life Group! We’re all trying our best to raise godly young people into successful adults and keep our families unified, sometimes despite our conflicting schedules. This Life Group provides a great opportunity for some quality family time, while building lasting relationships with other families in this season of life! It’s so important to do life with people in the Body of Christ. Join us for our next event!

  Abundant Life

Together we’re celebrating this season of life, as middle-aged adults and all that comes with it! This Life Group is for adults, married or single, who find themselves done or almost done with parenting, or maybe you’ve never had children. We want to connect with you! We can get caught up in our own daily lives and miss out on building significant friendships with other Christians. Don’t miss the great times to be had with friends in this life Group!

JOY Group

“Just Older Youth” is our most experienced group. You can find us enjoying our highly secret and most sought after recipes for all sorts of meals and deserts. We tend to get pretty rowdy when it comes to our card games and board games. We are definitely young at heart and want to remain connected within the Body of Christ. 

Church Calendar

Jul 17, 2019
Romans Part 2
Adam Jones continues to teach us through the Book of Romans, showing us that salvation by faith alone was always God's plan. The Apostle Paul showed us this in Romans by using Abraham and David as examples. He concludes by teaching us to recognize 5 things that will try to steal your faith.
  • Jul 17, 2019Romans Part 2
    Jul 17, 2019
    Romans Part 2
    Adam Jones continues to teach us through the Book of Romans, showing us that salvation by faith alone was always God's plan. The Apostle Paul showed us this in Romans by using Abraham and David as examples. He concludes by teaching us to recognize 5 things that will try to steal your faith.
  • Jul 14, 2019Something Better pt.2
    Jul 14, 2019
    Something Better pt.2
    Is change a nasty word or a welcome word? In part 2 of Pastor Ashley's message "Something Better," he challenges us to consider our approach to change. In Judges 7, God instructs Gideon to do something that simply doesn't make sense by sending the majority of his warriors home just before he heads in to battle. Pastor Ashley reminds us it's not about how many people are around you; it's about how many God-appointed people you have around you.
  • Jul 11, 2019Romans Part 1
    Jul 11, 2019
    Romans Part 1
    Adam Jones starts us on our journey to understanding the Book of Romans. He lays the groundwork for us to understand why Paul wrote it, to whom he wrote it, and the context in which he wrote it. He also shares Paul's motivation to show us our need for salvation in Chapters 1-3.
  • Jul 7, 2019Something Better
    Jul 7, 2019
    Something Better
    God doesn't change, but his methods do. We need to know how to categorize things that need to change, things that are going to change, and things that should never change. Pastor Ashley teaches from Isaiah 43:19 that better is coming if we don't limit God to only moving in the same way that we have experienced Him in the past. God is innovative and always doing "something new."
  • Jul 3, 2019God First
    Jul 3, 2019
    God First
    In part two of his message, Wade Ford teaches us that in our effort to put God first, we must take captive every thought that tries to exalt itself above God.
  • Jun 30, 2019Independence Day
    Jun 30, 2019
    Independence Day
    America was settled by people looking for religious freedom who had a strong desire to be pleasing to God. Pastor Ashley teaches us from Psalm 33 why it is important for Christians to return to those ideals. He shows us how the American Revolution followed the Great Awakening, and he reminds us that history repeats itself and that Christians can still make a difference.
  • Jun 26, 2019First Things First
    Jun 26, 2019
    First Things First
    As Christians, we would likely say that God has first place in our lives; He is our top priority. Wade Ford teaches us why that should be true and challenges us to examine our own lives to determine whether our lives reflect that.
  • Jun 23, 2019What He Preached and What He Practiced
    Jun 23, 2019
    What He Preached and What He Practiced
    Adam Jones teaches teaches us to practice what Jesus preached and to preach what He practiced through 7 specific life strategies.
  • Jun 19, 2019Time: A Great Exchange? Part 2
    Jun 19, 2019
    Time: A Great Exchange? Part 2
    To spend means to use up, exhaust, and wear out. Melanie Bertoglio challenges us to consider what it means to "spend" time, because how you spend your time is how you spend your life.
  • Jun 16, 2019Joe McGee
    Jun 16, 2019
    Joe McGee
    Joe McGee shares a powerful and poignant Father's Day message in his humorous and homespun style.
Thank you for being generous and making an impact through CMC. God is doing an amazing work at Christian Ministries Church.