Dr. Anna Teel
Acting Lead Pastor
I am blessed to serve in my 16th year of pastoral ministry at Bella Vista Community Church. I felt that God was calling me into vocational Christian ministry at the age of 15. My education journey includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, and graduate degrees—Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry—from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. I enjoy walking outdoors, going to the movies, and traveling. The adventure continues as I focus on the areas of pastoral care and church administration at BVCC. During this time of transition, I am serving as acting lead pastor. In John 13.34-35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Mike Walkup has been the Director of Music at BVCC since 1998. He has been a church music director and musician since he was 18 years old. Mike is a graduate of Emporia State University. He is married to Natalie Walkup. Both Walkups are classically trained professional opera singers. Mike has been a public school music teacher since 1985 (having taught preschool through college level) and is currently a general music/choir director for the Bentonville School system. The Walkups have one married daughter who is also a professional opera singer. They have one grandchild. In the summer you can find Mike playing with his granddaughter, on his boat fishing and swimming, on the golf course or playing with their French Bulldog T-bone and Olde English Bulldogge Blossom.