If you're new to our church, we invite you to take a moment to visit with our staff at the Welcome Center following services.


Gary Dedmon

Senior Pastor

I was born in St. Charles, Missouri, then moved to the family farm just north of Mansfield, where I spent most of my childhood before moving to the Hartville area in my sophomore year of high school.  I graduated from Hartville High School in 1985 and married my high school sweetheart, Twila Coday, on June 29, 1990.


We have made our home in the Hartville community and have three sons.  Our oldest son Garith, his wife Kallie, along with their daughter Kohen live in Mansfield.  Our middle son Justin and his wife McKenzie live in Clinton, Missouri.  Our youngest son Grant is currently attending College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, near Branson.


My family and I have served as pastor here at Diggins Baptist Church since December 6, 2006.  It has been such a great blessing to be a part of this wonderful church family, where we have seen God move in so many ways through the years.


My wife and I also own and operate a Real Estate Appraisal business in Hartville.  This business has been the perfect fit for our family, allowing us the freedom to minister to our church body and communities.  God has been so faithful to our family and has allowed all of us to have a personal relationship with Him, which is the greatest treasure any of us could ever have!


Billy Thomason

Youth Pastor

Bio coming soon!