Pastors & Staff

Mike Maxwell

Head Pastor

Pastor Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Theology and began serving in ministry in 1994. He has served as Youth Pastor and then Associate Pastor along with being actively involved in many areas of ministry before accepting the Senior Pastorate in 2012. Pastor Mike and Angela were married May 16, 1987, in Orlando, Florida, relocated to the Atlanta area, and joined Hillcrest when it was still a mission in 1993.    They have two children: Emily Lewis who recently married and lives in Hinesville, Georgia; Justin who is a senior at River Ridge High School. Angela sings in the Worship Choir and is director of our Children’s Choir. Pastor Mike also teaches an Alive Group called Family Matters.

Bruce Winters

Associate Pastor

Bruce joined our staff in October of 2017.  Over the years, Bruce has been blessed with many opportunities to minister.  After singing and traveling for over six years with two Southern Gospel groups, God opened the door for Bruce to begin serving in local church ministries as a Minister of Music and a Youth Pastor.  In 2006, Bruce surrendered to God’s call to preach and was licensed and ordained into the ministry.   Bruce and his wife LeeAnn were married in 1991 and have two children, Anna and Brady.  LeeAnn and both children are a part of the Hillcrest Praise Team helping lead worship each Sunday morning.  In addition to being a vital partner in the music ministry, LeeAnn also assists with Hillcrest’s Children’s Choir.

Julio Aleman

Student Minister

Julio Aleman was called as the Student Minister in July of 2019. He and his wife Rebekah are blessed with two beautiful children, Ezra and Jael. We are excited to have them call Hillcrest their home. We're looking forward to see what God has in store for our Student Ministry. Julio and Rebekah are both graduates of the Word of Life Bible Institute. They both share the same passion and calling to teach and disciple students.

Joshua Ray

Children's Minister

Josh and his wife Lacey are excited to be at Hillcrest with their kids, Benjamin, Hagan and Parker. Josh is originally from the small town of Glennville, GA. He has a Bachelors of Arts in International Affair from the University of Georgia, Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty University, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Special Education from Piedmont College. He surrendered to preach in 2011 and has worked in various areas of the church. He has a passion for educating and discipling kids, as well as having a passion for missions and outreach.

Joy Kimmel

Church Secretary

It is a blessing  and privilege to have Joy step in and fill this incredible need that we couldn't do without. She has been a faithful servant to the Lord and to our church. Whether you get her on the phone or are greeted by her in person, you will experience her sweet spirit and see exactly how she lives up to her name. 

Perry Johnson

Facilities Manager

Perry and Carol Johnson have been active members of Hillcrest since 1993 involved in many ministries. Perry is a deacon and Carol serves as a greeter. They have two grown children: P. J. who is married and lives in Cobb County and Kelly Squires who is married and worships and serves with her family at Hillcrest. Perry retired from Atlantic Steel and has been serving as Facilities Manager since 2003.