Pastor Matt Hudson
has served at Bella Vista Baptist Church since 2014. He was a teenager at Bella Vista during the 1980's while his father, Bob Hudson, was on staff as an evangelist. It was during one of the late Pastor Clyde Gilman's messages that God called Matt as a 15 year old boy to the ministry. He graduated from Bible College in 1994, where he majored in Pastoral Theology. In 1995, he and his family began deputation as missionaries to the former U.S.S.R. and specifically the country of Ukraine.
Pastor Hudson attended Russian language school in Belarus, and then moved to Ukraine to begin a church planting ministry. God used them to start a church in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1998. God blessed and allowed that church to grow to maturity and then sent them to another city in Ukraine to plant a second church in 2004. They served as missionaries for a total of 17 years. After nearly 18 years of marriage, Matt's first wife went home to be with the Lord after a short battle with cancer. God allowed Matt and Johanna to meet while working at Baptist International Missions Inc., and they were married in 2014. They have four children: Daniel, Rachel, Deborah and Lydia.
Bro. Don Rardinserves as the Assistant Pastor of Bella Vista Baptist Church and the Principal of Christian Heritage Academy. He and his wife Dawn met at Bible College in the 1980's. Bro. Don is originally from Illinois and his wife is from Michigan. He has served as an assistant pastor and school administrator for over 25 years in both Illinois and Texas. They have one son in college, two other married children and one grandchild. Bro. Don hunting and Dawn is an avid reader.