Our Ministers:

As Ministers, we recognize the authority of God, and realize that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Justin Smith, Minister

Justin began serving as the Youth Minister at Hartselle in September 2021 and transitioned to Minister in January of 2023. A Glencoe, AL native, Justin attended Freed-Hardeman University where he achieved a degree in Biblical Studies. Justin has worked with youth for churches in Gadsden, AL; Jackson, TN; Selmer, TN; Chattanooga, TN; and Columbia, TN. He also served as an admissions counselor at Freed-Hardeman University for 5 years. He is married to Savannah, from Douglas, AL, who assists Justin in his ministry with her photography and PR background. Justin and Savannah enjoy all things outdoors and traveling around the world. They have one son, Wyatt. Justin and Savannah have a passion for students and encouraging families to work together in service of the Kingdom.

Todd Barrier, Connections Minister

Todd joined the ministry staff in 2009. Todd has a B.S. in education from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL and a Master’s in Ministry. Todd leads our Family and Connections Ministry, preaches as needed, and he is also the P.E. / Related Arts Teacher at West Decatur Elementary School in Decatur, Alabama. Todd is married to the former Jonna Dean, they have three daughters, Kenzie, Ellie, & Mollie Reece, and three sons, Greyson, Harrison, and Jackson.

Frank Thornton,

Missions/Involvement Minister

Frank joined the ministry staff in 1995, when he and his wife, Telula, agreed to go to Timisoara, Romania and work on behalf of the Hartselle congregation.  Frank now leads our involvement and mission efforts.  Frank is a graduate of International Bible College, Florence, Alabama (now Heritage Christian University), has a BAA from Anderson Business College and earned a M.A. in counseling, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia.


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