staff

David Pearson

Lead Pastor

David joined the staff at The Bridge in July 2017 after serving as a Church Planter, Pastor, and Church Planting Catalyst in Philadelphia, PA for 18 years.

He married his wonderful wife, Kelly, in 1990, and they have three daughters: Erin, Allison, and Emily. David and Kelly were both raised in Missouri and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University (it will always be SMSU to them). He loves almost all sports, traveling, and eating at small family-owned restaurants (especially Mexican and BBQ!). If you chat with David for any length of time, you'll learn that he has a deep love for authentic Philly Cheesesteaks and insists that the East coast is the only place to find a good one; however, that has not stopped his hunt for an acceptable version in the 417. 

Justin Chapman

Connecting Pastor

Justin joined the staff at The Bridge in July 2022 as the Connecting Pastor. He has been in ministry since 2003 and loves connecting people to Jesus and to one another. He is excited to use his giftings to help The Bridge serve our community.

Justin and his awesome wife, Charlene, have 5 kids and a son-in-law. Justin is an Oklahoma native, but Missouri is the 5th state he's called home. He served in the navy for awhile, and his previous occupations have included being a welder and - in his words - an "unsuccessful bull rider." Justin loves major league baseball, frisbee disc golf, board games, snow skiing, and talking - he's always got a fun story to tell!