Ministry Staff

  • Shawn Newberry

    Senior Pastor

    Pastor Shawn has been in full-time ministry since 1998. He has served the Lord in Montana, Oregon, and Washington. He is a graduate of Liberty University and is currently working on his doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married since 1996 and has four children. When he is not at church, you can find him with his nose in a book, at his sons wrestling practice or watching his daughter play softball.

    His favorite movie: What About Bob?

    His favorite song: Whatever is on the radio.

    His favorite book: too many to list.

    Favorite Candy Bar: Almond Joy

    Favorite Hobby: fishing.

    Favorite thing about Battle Ground Baptist Church: Family Camp and the people.

  • ron herbig

    Associate Pastor

    Ron joined our Pastoral Staff in 2012 as our Associate Pastor with a primary emphasis in administration and pastoral care. Previously, Ron was the Administrator at the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center for many years and the Director of Business and Financial Services with Luis Palau Evangelistic Association at their International Headquarters in Beaverton.

    Ron, and his wife Christie, have been a vital part of Battle Ground Baptist Church since 2004. Ron has served as the chairman of our Elder board for many years and continues to be a Home Group Leader.

    Ron is a man of prayer and a student of the Word.

  • Becky Cole

    Children's Ministries Coordinator

    Becky grew up at Battle Ground Baptist and has overseen our Children's ministry for many years. She coordinates our children's church, Sunday School, AWANA, VBS, and other seasonal kid's activities. Some of these include the Easter Community Celebration outreach, Vacation Bible School and the annual Harvest Party. She also works with seasonal kids events and youth choir leaders, song time leaders for children's church and other kid's events. 

  • Heather schmitke

    worship leader

    Heather has been serving on the Worship Team since 2002, and formally in ministry as the Worship Team Leader since 2015.  She holds a strong conviction that worship is purely a heart attitude and music is a catalyst and tool to help us engage in an appropriate response a God. The Worship Team serves to help the congregation in offering adoration to the King, and an indulgence in His presence.  Heather chooses a variety of congregational music ranging from 300 year old hymns to modern praise music.   

    In her spare time, she loves to tackle carpentry projects, grow flowers, and delight in time with her husband and family.