We have a very simple structure here at Hutto Bible Church. We are not affiliated with any denomination. As an independent church, we follow the biblical guidelines for leadership and function.
Hutto Bible Church has chosen to be an elder led church. The elders, as overseers of the local church, are responsible for the spiritual health of the Body. They are to glorify Christ by serving the Body according to the biblical principles of love and care.
Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. Acts 14:23
In practice, the elders establish the guidelines and policies for conducting services, programs, and the general conduct of church business. They are to lead by precept and example, realizing they are accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ for their efforts. (Heb. 13:17, Acts 20:24,28)
OUR CURRENT ELDER COUNCIL:
Bobby Pruitt - Lead Pastor
Bobby was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. He is the youngest of 13 children and was the first believer in his family. He graduated from Columbia Bible College and has served in churches in South and North Carolina. Bobby and Amy have been married since November of 1990 and have 3 children—Riley, Beau, and Emma Grace. Amy is an elementary school teacher.
The Pruitts moved to Texas in April of 1994 to join the staff of Hill Country Bible Church of Austin. Bobby served as their Student Ministries Pastor until June of 2005 when he moved over to become the Pastor to Families at Hill Country Bible Church of Pflugerville. Bobby has served as the Lead Pastor of Hutto Bible Church since July of 2009.
Michael Hall - Executive Pastor
Before coming on staff at HBC, Michael served as the Director of the Saturate Austin Institute at Hill Country Bible Church in Austin, Texas. Prior to that he served on staff as the Executive Pastor at Baptist Temple (BT) in McAllen, Texas. Although there was a substantial administrative component to his daily routine, his passion was to see men and women, young adults, students, and children explore the depths and riches of the new life in Jesus. Michael received his Master of Arts (M.A.) in Theology and Theological Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011. Michael has been married to Beckie, the love of his life, for over forty-five years. They have three adult children, one daughter and two sons, and thirteen grandchildren.
Scott Purcell - Elder Chairman
Scott committed his life to Christ as a child under the teaching of his parents and church. Scott and Nan have been married since 1985 and have three adult children (Mindy Schultea, Kate, and Matthew) and three grandchildren. He graduated from Ozark Christian College in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Literature and served 8 years as Minister of two churches in Missouri and then 3 years as a Church Planter in San Marcos. Since then, he has worked
as a technical trainer at several high-tech companies. In 2008 Scott and Nan joined HCBC Austin and then Hutto Bible in 2011. Since 2013, Scott has become passionate about global outreach to unreached people-groups and about local evangelism as well. Scott serves by leading a Community Group with Nan, organizing short-term mission trips, participating in door-to-door evangelism, and occasionally teaching in our Sunday morning classes. Nan joyfully serves as a teacher in Children’s Ministry.
Tom and Cindy came to faith in High School and became involved in InterVarsity Fellowship in college where they fell further in love with Jesus, worship music and missions. They met and married at a Bible-teaching church in Houston in 1986. They moved to Round Rock in 1995 and joined HCBC Austin. In 2000, they joined the HCBC Pflugerville church plant and were a part of the Hutto Bible Church plant in 2007 as founding members. Tom has served faithfully as an Elder and as a leader in many ministries at HBC, including Finance, Benevolence, Global Outreach, and countless more. In addition to her role as wife and mother, Cindy has served many years with Tom in Community Groups, Student and Children’s Ministry as well as mentoring younger women and moms. She currently serves in the Prayer, Hospitality and Evangelism ministries.Tom and Cindy have 4 children: Nathan, Will (wife, Emily), Clare (husband, Stephen), Hannah (husband, Joshua), and 8 grandchildren.
Ryan was born and raised in Southern California and is the oldest of 3 children. Emily was born in Louisiana, spent a few years in England with her family; finally settling in the Houston area. They both grew up in Christian homes and accepted Christ at a young age. Ryan and Emily met at a church in southwest Austin and married in October of 2007. They moved to Hutto and started attending Hutto Bible Church in 2008. Through the years, both Ryan and Emily have been involved in children’s ministry, hospitality, small groups and the church’s IT ministry. Ryan was a paramedic for 18 years and now works for a public safety software company. Emily is a stay-at-home mother and homeschool teacher to their 4 children - Jonathan, Joshua, Ruth and Rebekah. This year marks 15 years of marriage.
Greg and Rhonda both accepted Christ growing up in the Fort Worth/Dallas area but renewed their commitment to Christ and began following Jesus with greater purpose after their marriage in 1989. After living in several southern states, God brought them back to Texas in 2004 where they settled in Hutto, raising two children, Elissa (29), and Nate (27). As a family, the Stantons are among the founding members of Hutto Bible Church, helping to plant the church in 2007. Greg served on the setup/tear down team during the early years and both Greg and Rhonda have served in children’s ministry in a variety of duties. Currently Greg serves as a head usher and Rhonda is a part of the finance team. Greg and Rhonda are humbled and eager to serve the Lord in a new way during this exciting time for Hutto Bible Church as we carry out our common purpose until everyone knows.
Jason was born and raised in the Rio Grand Valley in McAllen, TX. He gave his life to Christ when he was 8 years old and felt a call to serve in Christian ministry in high school. Jason and his wife Christie, first met at church youth group. They have been married for 29 years and have triplet sons, Jacob(23), Cody(23) ,and Ridgely(23). They moved back to McAllen, TX after college where Jason worked in family businesses and served bi-vocationally in youth and worship ministries. He has provided worship leadership for collegiate and young adult ministries, church planting, and later, serving on church staff in the San Antonio and Kansas City Metro areas. They have participated in encouraging and strengthening the global church in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Mexico. Jason and Christie moved to the Austin area and started attending Hutto Bible in 2020. They currently lead a Community Group on Sunday nights. Christie works as a teacher of students with visual impairments. She enjoys ministry opportunities related to her field and serving in missions and children’s ministries.