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Leader-RJeffress - Robert Jeffress Photo

Dr. Robert Jeffress is Senior Pastor of the 12,000-member First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas and a Fox News Contributor. He is also an adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dr. Jeffress has made more than 2000 guest appearances on various radio and television programs and regularly appears on major mainstream media outlets, such as Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” "The Kelly File," and "Hannity;" ”ABC’s “Good Morning America;” and HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” 

Dr. Jeffress hosts a daily radio program, Pathway to Victory, that is heard nationwide on over 800 stations in major markets such as Dallas-Fort Worth, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Houston, and Seattle. His weekly television program can be seen in 195 countries and on 11,283 cable and satellite systems throughout the world, including China and on the Trinity Broadcast Network and Daystar.

Dr. Jeffress is the author of 23 books including When Forgiveness Doesn’t Make SensePerfect Ending: Why Your Eternal Future Matters TodayCountdown to the Apocalypse: Why ISIS and Ebola Are Only the Beginning; and his newest book was released February 16, 2016, "Not All Roads Lead To Heaven: Sharing An Exclusive Jesus In An Inclusive World."

Dr. Jeffress recently led the congregation in the completion of a $135 million re-creation of its downtown campus. The project is the largest in modern church history and serves as a “spiritual oasis” covering six blocks of downtown Dallas. 

Dr. Jeffress graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a D.Min., a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a B.S. degree from Baylor University. In May 2010, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University.  In June 2011, Dr. Jeffress received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  

Dr. Jeffress and his wife Amy have two daughters, Julia and Dorothy, and a son-in-law, Ryan Sadler.

Executive Staff


Executive Pastor of Ministries Ryland Whitehorn directs the educational staff at First Baptist Dallas, from preschool to senior adults. Whitehorn earned a B.A. degree from Louisiana Baptist College and did graduate work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Renea, have two adult daughters. Contact him by email at 

Executive Pastor of Operations Ben Lovvorn serves by leading and overseeing the operations of First Baptist Dallas. Lovvorn earned a Juris Doctorate from Baylor University and a B.B.A. from Hardin-Simmons University. He and his wife, Parris, have two children. Contact him by email at  .

Minister of Music & Worship Dr. Doran Bugg has blessed our congregation in worship and music ministry since 2008. Bugg has a DMA from Louisiana State University, an MM from Baylor University, and a BME from University of Mississippi. Doran and his wife, Kristie, have two children. Contact him by email at 


Pastoral Care and Missions Pastor Alan Lynch has blessed our staff for 25 years. Lynch earned a M.A. in ministry and B.A. in biblical studies from Criswell College, with counseling and other graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Liberty University, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Janna, have three children. Contact him by email at  .

Leader-SCates - Sherryn Cates

Director of Financial Operations Sherryn Cates has served at First Baptist Dallas in the business office since 1984. Cates finds her purpose for ministry in Hebrews 6:10. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Texas A & M Commerce. Sherryn and her husband, Ross, have two children. Contact her by email at .

Departmental Staff

First Impressions




 John Bernard




Special Events


Guy Shafer


Celebration Worship


Worship Producer

Jarrod Blackstock

Associate Minister of Instrumental Music

Joe Hardin

Day One Worship

Worship Leader

Kaleb Moore


Kids Worship Arts

Preschool Music Specialist

Cheryl Bernard

Children's Music Specialist


Student Music


Kaleb Moore

Senior Adults Celebration Singers Director Jim Haines
School of the Arts Doran Bugg




Preschool and Children's Ministry Associate

Ashley Click

Director of Childcare & Kids Day Out at the Cove

Kylie Towns

Curriculum & Ministry Assistant

Aimee Nichols


Grades 1-6

Director of Preschool and Children

Shelly Taylor

Director of AWANA Kelley Terrill




Minister to Students

Ryan Sadler

Minister to Junior High Students

Andrew Hamilton

Girl's Ministry Associate

Julia Sadler


College Ministry Intern

Kyle Wilson



Married Adults (20-44) Minister Barry

Senior Adults Minister

Jim Haines

Women's Ministries 

Pam Brewer 

Special Friends Director

Gary Felton 

Truett Library

Truett Library Director

Ruthe Turner 


Minister of Member and Guest Connections

John Bernard

Pastoral Care and Counseling/Missions

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care Associate

John Cullen  

Pastoral Care Associate

Jephte Fanor

Homebound/Care Ministry

Cheryl Calvin

Pathways Counseling Center

Pathways Ministry Director

Pam Greene 


Wedding Coordinator

Debbie Cullen


Minister of Missions & Evangelism

Kevin Batista



and Public Relations

Director of Communications

Bethany McFadden

Creative Director 

Steven Smith 

Art Director 

Content Creator/Writer Kariss Lynch
Communications Associate Ginny Lauren Hulette

Print Shop Manager

Rick Garner 

Print Shop Associate

Manuel Rodriguez



Director of Media and Production

Bryan Bailey 

Campus Media Manager

Will Brown

Sound Engineer

Brad Roberts

Senior Producer

Peter Shay



Motion Graphics Designer

Justin Young

Business and Facilities

Business Office


Accts. Payable Coordinator

Carmen Acevedo

Director of Membership Relations Janet Russell

Accounts Receivable Coordinator Cynthia Fore
Membership Coordinator Shelli Megrue
Controller, FBCD Aletta Lane

Staff Accountant

Karen Milner

Admin. Asst. to
Sherryn Cates
Christina Self

Human Resources Director

Jackie Lavallais 

Human Resources Associate Director Karena Pennon

Support Services

Food Services Director

Timothy Mozell



Downtown Facilities Minister

Ron Cresswell 

Computer/Phone Technician

Jeff Gerch 

Evangelism and Missions


Metroplex Missions Manager


Prison Ministry Coordinator

Anna Schaefer          


Director of Sports and Outreach

Brent McFadden

First Baptist Dallas Entities

Downtown Pregnancy Center


Carolyn Cline 

First Baptist Academy

Head of School

Jason Lovvorn



 Matt Austin