Staff

John Gillman
Lead Pastor

John grew up in north central Missouri, the son of a farmer and homemaker and the oldest of five children.  While in high school, John had a “born again” experience through the influence of a Fellowship of Christian Athletes group.  After graduating from Brookfield High School, John got a Biology Education degree at the University of Missouri and began teaching high school science and coaching football and basketball at Centralia High School.  During his second year of teaching, John’s friends set him up on a date with another college friend.  The two were married 8 months later and celebrated 20 years of marriage in 2014.  John and Kathleen have three children.  Kathleen is a homemaker and a former home school teacher for all three kids.  After serving as an interim pastor in the summer of 2003, John sensed God leading him to enter the ministry full-time and moved to Harrisburg in 2004 where he has continued to serve as pastor.  John likes spending time with family, games, competition, exercise, outdoor adventure, reading, playing guitar, baptisms, and sitting around the table and talking about the Christian faith.

Cortney Franklin
Youth Minister

Cortney was born in Columbia and moved to Harrisburg in 7th grade and he graduated in 2014. Cortney had a born again experience during his senior year of high school and was baptized a week before his graduation. He then attended MACC where he studied education and he currently attends Central Christian College of the Bible where he is studying youth and family ministry. Cortney has been a member and leader of HCC’s summer staff for the last three years. He was also the youth assistant for Cody Cox here at HCC for the last 4 years. Cortney enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing video games, and reading in his free time.

Corey Whitaker
Assistant Minister

Corey grew up in Western Illinois and went to college at the University of Missouri.  While at Mizzou, he got involved in a college ministry called the Christian Campus House.  It was there that he gave his life to Jesus, and met his wife Rebekah.  Corey graduated with an Education degree from Mizzou, but has worked in college ministry since he graduated.  He and his wife Rebekah started in Columbia but then moved their college ministry to Seattle for 7 years before returning in 2013.  Corey’s main job continues to be working with college students at Mizzou.  He and Rebekah live and Harrisburg and love being a part of the Harrisburg community, and HCC.  Corey and Rebekah have six kids and one annoying dog.  Corey’s passion in life is to see people surrender their lives to Jesus and grow in their relationship with God.