As part of restructuring following Bill’s retirement announcement last month, Getwell is excited to announce the addition of a new Associate Pastor, Hunter Upton, to the pastoral staff.
In August, Bill announced that he would retire at the end of 2020, and that current associate pastor Jonathan will assume the Lead Pastor role beginning in 2021. That leadership change gave Getwell an opportunity to follow God’s leading in hiring a new associate pastor to continue our mission of connecting people to Jesus and to one another. A thorough search and dedicated prayer over the past few months led the Personnel committee, Board of Directors, Board of Elders and Bill and Jonathan to Hunter Upton, who currently serves as Discipleship Pastor at The Orchard Tupelo. Following an on-campus visit by Hunter and his wife, Keaton, Getwell leadership offered Upton the position, which he accepted. Upton will join the staff beginning in November 2020.
“As I complete my tenure of 20+ years at Getwell, I am confident about plans for new leadership and vision for the church moving forward,” said Bill. “Hunter’s giftedness in engaging people and moving them forward in their relationship with Jesus, combined with Jonathan’s gifts in leadership and teaching, will position Getwell to shine brightly in DeSoto County. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do through Hunter, Jonathan and the rest of our staff in the coming months and years.”
Upton is a native Mississippian who holds a BA in Communication from Mississippi State University (which makes Bill VERY happy) and a Masters of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham. His ministry experience has included working with youth and young adults in Starkville, Miss. and Birmingham, Ala. and two years serving The Orchard Tupelo as Discipleship Pastor. Hunter is married to Keaton, who is a teacher, and they have a one-year-old son, Henry.