University Heights leadership

The staff and leadership at UHBC is comprised of men and women who love, care, and pray for the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out to them or contact the church office at

  • Dr. Nolan Porter

    Senior Pastor

    Rev. Dr. Nolan Porter was raised in the south Texas town of Pleasanton and met his wife Lisa while going to college and playing baseball at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. He went on to earn both his M.Div. and D.Min. from Logsdon Seminary. He has served as senior pastor, youth minister, and hospice chaplain in Texas and Missouri. Pastor Nolan and his wife Lisa have four children, Miles, London, Noah, and Harlow. Pastor Nolan began serving as Senior Pastor of University Heights on Easter Sunday 2020. 


  • Curtis Jones

    Associate Pastor

    Curtis was born and raised here in Springfield. He cut his spiritual teeth and found his ministry calling in a small country church outside of town. Curtis and his wife Amanda have been married 18 years and served ministries in Dallas, Houston, and northeast England. In 2011 they, with 60 friends, started Bayou City Fellowship in Houston dedicated to representing Jesus by serving their city and world. Curtis and Amanda have returned to Springfield with their children, Jackson, Annabeth, and Willa, and are excited to help carry the mission of University Heights, eat Mexican Villa, and watch the Missouri State Basketball.


  • Chris Brammer

    Worship Pastor

    An accomplished conductor, clinician, and educator, Christopher Brammer spent twelve years teaching music in public schools before leaving to serve as the Music Minister at University Heights Baptist Church in Springfield, MO. Chris received music degrees from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and from Missouri State University in Springfield. Chris resides in Springfield with his wife Amy, and three amazing children, Wyatt, Will, and Izzy, where he maintains an active schedule as a clinician, and is the Artistic Director of Springfield Chamber Chorus.


  • Lisa Porter

    Interim Youth Pastor


  • Paul Bass

    Senior Adult Pastor

    Paul Bass was born in Independence, Missouri and graduated from Southwest Baptist College and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as full time ministerial staff and as a bi-vocational pastor. He has also served as a college administrator and adjunct faculty. He lives in Willard with his wife, Jan. He is an award-winning author of fifteen books.

  • Heather twibell

    Children's Pastor





    Executive Assistant

  • Robert Baldwin

    Maintenance Supervisor


    Financial Accountant

  • Kathleen Roark

    Pre-School Suite Coordinator