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The mission of College Heights Baptist Church is to love and glorify God by magnifying the name of Jesus Christ. We seek to expand God’s Kingdom in the city of Plainview and beyond by intentionally making disciples.  We are a passionate group of people who have been changed by the blood of Jesus and want to celebrate that truth, while seeing others do the same.  Our desire is to foster a community of love that reaches out with the truth of the Gospel. 


Plainview, Texas is a diverse community and we at CHBC pride ourselves on being diverse as well.  We welcome people from all walks of life, regardless of age, race or economic standing.  

Our Leadership Team:

jason smith


Jason and his wife, Laine met at Texas A&M University and have been married since 2002. They have been blessed with three children: Eyan, Eli and Lily. Jason holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a M.Div from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“I love God’s word, and can’t believe I have the privilege of preaching it on a weekly basis. I strive to hide behind the word of God, so that all would see Jesus more clearly.”
Jason also enjoys sports and desserts – a paradox. 
Gary Yates

Minister of Education

Gary and his wife, Jeanie, are both graduates of Wayland Baptist University. Gary holds the Master of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. They have two sons and five grandchildren. “I have served in the education ministry since 1981 and have seen a lot of changes. However, there are some things that remain constant—people need to study God’s Word, they need to meet in small groups to learn how others live the Word, and the Word is still active in changing lives.” Both Gary and Jeanie enjoy spending time with their grandchildren as often as they can.
joe berry

Minister of Music

Joe and his wife, Margaret, have been married since 1972.  They have one daughter Michelle.  Michelle and her husband Justin live in Irving, Texas. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in music education from Prairie View A & M University. He has served as Minister of Music/Worship at First Church of the Nazarene, Plainview; Bethel Baptist, Plainview and here at College Heights Baptist Church, since 1997. 

I love spending time with my family, singing and listening to music, playing and watching sports. My favorite hymn and praise chorus are “Victory in Jesus” and “Everlasting God”.  My life verse is Psalm 37:4 which says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Jason Elvington

Minister to Students

Jason married his wife, Elizabeth, in 2012. They met through their church while students at Clemson University in South Carolina. Jason graduated from Clemson in 2009 with a B.A. in Communication Studies and from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014 with an M.Div in Christian Ministry. Jason’s passion in ministry is to disciple university and youth students to see them grow as life long disciples of Jesus Christ who are committed to His Word, living in biblical community, and serving His church to carry out His mission on earth.

Jason also enjoys spending time with his wife and watching sports.

Children’s Director – Linda Drake

Linda Drake is married to Reverend Kerry Drake and they have two children, Abbie and Sadie Drake. They are a homeschool family and have homeschooled their children for 13 years. Linda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from NMSU and Master level studies in Church Ministries from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Linda has worked as a Medical Social Worker, Pediatric Case Manager, private school teacher, Special Needs Private School Administrator, Homeschool Coop Teacher, public speaker, pastor’s wife, and published author. Her favorite hobbies are hiking and being outdoors, painting, and exploring God’s word. 
kimberly myrick

Preschool Director

Kimberly was born and raised here in Plainview and even grew up attending CHBC with her grandparents. She’s been a member since Junior High School. Her and her husband, Joey have 3 beautiful children, Luke, Andrew and Sarah. Kimberly is a stay at home mom, but often helps her father out with his Snap On Tools business. She joined the staff of CHBC in 2013. 
“I love watching our littlest members learn about our Savior Jesus Christ, because He has blessed me so much in my life.”

Secretary / Office Manager

Rhonda D. Morton was born and raised right here in Plainview, TX.  She was married to Randy Morton for 22 yrs. before she lost him in May of 2014.  Together they raised 3 daughters.  She is also the proud grandmother to 2 grandchildren.

She worked 10 yrs. as a cafeteria manager at College Hill Elementary.  During that time she went back to Seth Ward Baptist Church where she grew up going to church and was saved.  When she started back at Seth Ward Baptist Church she started running the Church van on Wednesdays and Sunday morning picking up people (kiddos) to bring them to church.  Then with the changes in the she became the Church Secretary.  Then with the loss of her husband she started working at McCoy’s Building supply and has been at McCoy’s for almost 3 yrs.