Bella Vista Assembly of God


We are a group of dedicated individuals passionate about serving the Lord.

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Our desire is to be a spiritual resource for our community, the church family, and specifically you. We are Bible focused, family centered, and outreach oriented.

We hope you feel welcomed. Clothing styles are a wide variety, from dress to casual. Our hope is you come and grow in a relationship with Jesus - not a religion, but a true relationship. Come, be renewed, transformed. Connect with others in small groups and experience the blessing of serving in outreaches within our community.

For many who view this site the very word "church" will carry the weight of a negative image, one of indifference. But there is another side. It's a place of welcome and laughter, of healing and hope, of friends and family, and new life. It's where people bring their own small faith and discover, in getting together with others to worship the one true God, that the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. 

We want to be Jesus' church and welcome you to participate with us. Feel free to contact Pastor Jonathan. The church office phone number is: 479-855-2222; Pastor Jonathan's email is: 

Please accept our sincerest invitation.


Come as you are

We are a friendly and informal church; dress casual or dress up, whichever helps you feel more comfortable. Come and refocus on what is most important, grow in your relationship with Jesus, and connect with others. Be refreshed and renewed. There is nursery and a mother's room available during all the services and group time on Sundays as well as during the Wednesday evening activities. Children have their own groups and Children's Church time (Children's Church is at both Sunday morning worship times, 8:30 am and 11:00 am). Connect with others in small groups, and experience the blessing of serving in outreaches within our community!


Meet Our Pastors

Lead Pastor
Jonathan Watson

Jonathan David Watson has been the Lead Pastor of BVAG 15 years and counting! He was born in Erie. PA. Jonathan went to Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Missouri, then attended and graduated from Central Bible College and was the Senior Class President. He married Jennifer in 1998. He finished his MA at Assemblies of God Theologicial Seminary in May, 2014. Jonathan and Jennifer have two daughters, Whitley Jane & Elise Claire.

Worship & Care Pastor
Elizabeth Lombardi

Elizabeth gave her life to Jesus at an early age and cultivated a love for ministry that has grown deeper and stronger throughout her lifetime. Her background includes a wide array of ministry: music, daycare administration, college ministry, and leading worship. Elizabeth has always felt particularly drawn to the hurting and in need. Whether in worship or care ministry, her heart is that, through every relationship she has, people know Jesus better and choose to draw closer to Him.

Co-Youth Pastor
Chris & Charity Tankersley

Chris Tankersley has been an invaluable part of the ministry of the church. He, along with his loving and patient wife, Charity, both graduated from Central Bible College and have graciously served in children's and youth ministry. They have taught a variety of age groups: boys in Royal Rangers (a program specifically for boys), in children's church, in the preschool class, as well as the youth. Chris also currently serves on the Deacon Board. Since moving to the area, Chris and Charity have become a cherished part of the BVAG church family. They are both extremely appreciated. Chris and Charity have four children: Caleb, Anna, Levi, and Jacob.

Co-Youth Pastor
Jennifer Watson

Jennifer was called to full-time ministry at the age of eleven and pursued that calling relentlessly from then on. Though her young life brought brokenness, Jennifer - a self-professed "girly-girl" with an undying affection for refined sugar and red lipstick - developed a passion to see people experience real breakthrough and deliverance from their own brokenness. She is the mother of two miracle babies, an out-of-the-box minister's wife, an accomplished writer and speaker, and loves the teenagers in her youth group fiercely and with her whole heart. As an overcomer in Christ, she has a vision to see them step into all that God has for them and all that He will do through them.

Children's & Outreach Pastor
Lauren Burns

Lauren has been with BVAG since 2011. She has a B.A. in Children

and Family Ministries from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Lauren has served in various children's ministries since Junior High. She has a passion for leading children and outreach ministries as well as partnering with families to disciple children in a fun, loving, safe environment.