The leadership at Emmaus is made up of Pastors and Elders who oversee the direction and vision of the church. Each pastor brings his or hers own unique gifts to shepherd, counsel, and minister within this church body. The role of Elder at Emmaus focuses on the theology, vision, and staff/leadership relations of this church.

Ron & Jessica Vandever

Co-Lead Pastor/Elder
& Connection Minister

As a kid growing up in Walla Walla, Washington, I experienced the mighty power of Christ in my life. Even though I did not start regularly attending church until I was 14, God showed Himself to me when I was just 4 years old. Somehow the creator of the universe showed me, at a young age, that He had great plans for me.
Being a part of Emmaus is an opportunity to be a part of what God is doing in other areas of Springfield and other places around the world. I believe that the church exists to show the great power, love, forgiveness, and mercy of Christ. I believe that with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and grace of Christ, we will see great things at Emmaus and I am just thankful to be a part of the amazing mystery of life.


Clint & Maggie Coyan

Co-Lead Pastor/Elder

It has been so incredible to watch how God has grown and changed our church family here at Emmaus over the years.  His hand has been strong and evident as I’ve grown closer in my relationship with Him.  My wife, Maggie and I, along with our three beautiful daughters & son, have grown to know and love the people of Emmaus as our own family.  I particularly love spending time with other men, talking and praying through life together.  I have also grown to love teaching, as God has truly stretched my faith through studying and wrestling in His Word.  I love that I have the opportunity to help others realize that Jesus is the answer in every situation that life brings.  In Him we are complete.  Outside of the church, I love being outdoors, fishing, and having fun with my friends and family.


Tyler & Sara Michael

Children's Pastors

My wife and I are thrilled to get the opportunity to share the love & person of Christ with the kids of Emmaus!  There is no greater truth in the universe to share, and we are blessed to get to be a part of God's great mission.  I was young myself when I came to the realization that I had come up short of God's perfection.  That created a problem where I owed an infinite debt that I could never pay.  Thankfully, someone was faithful to share with me how Jesus' death burial and resurrection paid my debt in full.  Trusting in His work and perfection, I was given the gift of eternal life.  We pray that God will also use us to convey the all-important truth of the gospel to the kids here as well as everyone we interact with. We are thankful that He has added us & our 4 children to the body of Emmaus.




Quinlan Pulleyking

Communication & Media Minister

It often feels like such a wild dream come true to be able to serve on the ministry team here at Emmaus, in communications and media. I feel passionate about this field, as well as creatively, effectively and prayerfully communicating all that this church body is up to. I’ve had the privilege of studying Communications at MSU, as well as serving as an intern here at church before coming on staff (and serving with our kickin’ worship team). Growing up, I knew all of the things that we were taught in Sunday School. Who Jesus was, what he did, what I was supposed to do in return. It wasn’t until my last few years of high school that I feel like I truly met him. Jesus met me when it felt like life really didn’t have much meaning. He tenderly brought me out of low and numb places, and my anthem since then has been that there is radical hope in the darkest of valleys. This hope is tangible. It is powerful, loving, unwavering and oh so present – and his name is Jesus. My prayer is that we would be obedient vessels, doing our daily best to pursue him back, to say an eager yes to all that God is working on in our lives and in the global body of Christ.

Daniel Meade

Worship Pastor

My mom gave me Jesus as a kid, so I never knew a life without knowing about God. However, my whole life I treated God as a master that sometimes responded to a list of wishes that I had. One night, Jesus decided to encounter me in a real way during worship in a living room of someone’s home. Knowing about God turned into knowing God himself. Through encountering him, Jesus called me to worship through music. My passion in worship is to give God the same passionate love that He first gave us. I want to be a vehicle that allows God to give his heart to his children. Also, I believe that worship is far more than a song, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a lifestyle that always brings me in to alignment with my destiny. Emmaus has always been a place for me to encounter the heart of God. Even in seasons where I was called away from Emmaus, I couldn’t help occasionally stepping in and seeing what God was up to. It’s a huge honor for me to be a part of the lives at Emmaus. I’m excited to fuel a culture of worshippers that carry the throne of God into this Earth as it is in Heaven.


Nathan & Erica White

Youth Pastors

I was raised in the church, but it was not until senior year of high school that I took the Lord seriously and fully submitted myself to His leading in my life. My wife, Erica, came to know the Lord through the discipleship of a campus ministry called Student Mobilization. During our time at MSU, we both grew and served through our own campus ministries separately, but after getting engaged, we decided to join the body at Emmaus. We have really enjoyed the community and fellowship at Emmaus and are thrilled to be able to serve our students and the Church! We believe that God wants to raise up leaders and have a personal relationship with every student, showing them who He is and granting them purpose in building His kingdom. Some activities we enjoy are going to the movies, playing games, making coffee, and being with friends.

Bill Niebuhr


On May 27, 1973 Christ’s wonderful love delivered me out of a life of wine, women, and song; out of darkness and into His marvelous light, at the age of 22.  Five years later, Peggy and I married in the Lord.  For 44 years, the Good Lord, has led us into His purposes for our lives in ministry and leadership at local, district and regional levels.  

We moved to the Springfield area in August of 2015 and our prayer as been, “plug us in where You want us Lord.”  We have found a wonderful church family in Emmaus and it is our desire to bless what God is doing here.  

If you are being drawn to Emmaus, we say, Praise God.  Come join us as we grow deeper in His truth and strength, wider in sharing the Good news with more, and higher in love and serving, and knowing Him.

Michael Buttacy


Originally hailing from Long Island, New York, Michael has made is way to the mid west through Evangel University where he studied both Theology and Electronic Media. While attending Evangel University, Michael met Wendy Niebuhr and a few years after college they were married. 11 years later Michael and Wendy have two amazing children and are both serving in full time ministry. In those 11 years of marriage Michael has also completed his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and also finalized his reverend credential holdings with the Assemblies of God.
Michael is currently the Executive Director of Ozarks Teen Challenge, a ministry designed to help young men dealing with life controlling issues find freedom is Jesus Christ. In his free time, Michael enjoys playing games with his kids, fishing, hiking, and spending time with his friends and family.

Joe Gaunt


I came to Christ as a young child. It wasn't until college that I began to give my life fully to the Lord and I started to experience His love and grace in greater ways. I'm beyond thankful for Jesus and His sacrifice.

 I also met my wife Cindi in college. We've been married 11 years and have 4 wonderful children. With the exception of a short stint in the Kansas City area, we have been a part of the Emmaus family since the church began. It's been really amazing to watch this church grow and mature over the years. I'm so thankful to be able to serve alongside so many people that sincerely love God and love people. 
Outside of church I love hanging with my family and friends and hunting.