Bella Vista Assembly of God

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 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. Lauren also works with local women and children's shelters.

Discipleship Pastor

Mark & Tami Kelley

Pastor Mark A. Kelley and his family began serving as lay members at BVAG in 1999. Mark earned his B.A. in History from Arkansas Tech. He is a Certified Minister and became the Discipleship Pastor in 2006. The vision of Discipleship 360 ministries is to support believers in their lifelong journey - "learn to love to learn" becoming more Christ-like from their first step in the faith through a lifetime of following Christ.