Our Pastor and Staff

Our Pastor

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Dr. Robert Jeffress is the senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, which he has served since August 2007.

His bold, biblical, and practical approach to ministry has made him one of the country’s most respected evangelical leaders. Vision America honored Dr. Jeffress in 2006 with the Daniel Award for his steadfast commitment and boldness in proclaiming the uncompromising Word of God. 

Dr. Jeffress graduated from Southwestern 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.

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Executive Staff

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Executive Pastor Rev. Walter Guillaume has been serving First Baptist Dallas since 2007. Guillaume previously served with Dr. Robert Jeffress at First Baptist Wichita Falls. Guillaume earned a M.Div. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.S. degree from Baylor University. Walter and his wife, Martha, have one adult son.

Leader-DBugg - Doran Bugg

Minister of Music 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

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Minister of Education 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 e-mail at

Leader-JGrable - John Grable

Minister of Communications John Grable holds more than 32 years of experience in broadcasting, advertising, media and ministry. A major asset to First Baptist Dallas, Grable comes to us having led top-tier national TV programming and brand campaigns, and with years of service to the local church, prominent ministry organizations, and Southern Baptist agencies. He and his wife, Kim, have three adult daughters. Contact him by e-mail at

Leader-SCates - Sherryn Cates

Business and Facilities Administrator 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 e-mail at

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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 e-mail at

Departmental Staff

Associate to Executive Pastor

Minister of First Impressions 

 

 

Michael Volbeda

 

 

 


Music

Day One Worship

Associate Minister of Music & Worship

Nicholas Costello

Children's Choirs

Preschool Choir

& Children's Choirs Director

Cheryl Bernard

Student Music

Jr. High and High School Choir Director

Nicholas Costello

Music Associate Jarrod Blackstock

Student Orchestra Director

Brad Brand

Orchestras

Assoc. of Instrumental Music

Eddie Fargason

Senior Adults Celebration Singers Director Eddie Fargason


Education

Preschool

Birth-K

Preschool Ministry Associate

Konda Mehmen

Director of Childcare & Kids Day Out at the Cove

Kylie Towns

Volunteer & Curriculum Ministry Assistant

Annie Hunt

Children

Grades 1-6

Director of Preschool and Children

Shelly Taylor

Director of AWANA Kelley Terrill
Director of Large Groups and Media Elizabeth Mitchell

Students

 

 

Minister to Students

Ryan Sadler

Minister to Junior High Students

Andrew Hamilton

Girl's Ministry Associate

Katelin Downing


College

College Ministry Intern

Daniel Carpenter

Adults

Singles Minister

Andrew Jennings

Married Adults (20-44) Minister Barry
Ford

Senior Adults Minister

Jim Haines

Women's Ministries 

Pam Brewer 

Special Friends Director

Gary Felton 

Truett Library

Truett Library Director

Ruthe Turner 

Outreach

Minister of Outreach and Assimilation

John Bernard


Pastoral Care and Counseling/Missions

Pastoral Care

Associate Pastor of Pastoral Ministries

John Cullen  

Homebound/Care Ministry

Cheryl Calvin

Pathways Counseling Center

Pathways Ministry Director

Pam Greene 

Weddings

Wedding Coordinator

Debbie Cullen

Missions

Minister of Missions

Michael Fore


Communications

Promotions

and Public Relations

Director of Communications

Bethany Dobson

Creative Director 

Steven Smith 

Art Director 

Timothy Mah 

Content Creator/Writer Kariss Lynch

Print Shop Manager

Rick Garner 

Print Shop Associate

Manuel Rodriguez

Media

Services  

Director of Media and Production

Bryan Bailey 

Campus Media Manager

Will Brown

Sound Engineer

Brad Roberts

Senior Producer

Peter Shay

Producer/Editor

Aaron
Gentry 

Motion Graphics Designer

Justin Young


Business and Facilities

Business Office

Business Manager 

Carol Nichols

Accts. Payable Coordinator

Marilyn Jones

Membership Relations Director

Debbie Reynolds

Senior Accountant  Jessica Salas
General Ledger Accountant Anna Lopez
Controller for FDMI Gary Phillips
Assistant Controller Michael Gilmore

Accts. Receivable Coordinator

Karen Milner

Admin. Asst. to
Sherryn Cates
Janet Russell

Human Resources Director

Jackie Lavallais 

Human Resources Associate Director Sonja Scott

Support Services

Food Services Director

Timothy Mozell

Downtown

Facilities

Downtown Facilities Minister

Ron Cresswell 

Computer/Phone Technician

Jeff Gerch 


Evangelism and Missions

 

Metroplex Missions Manager

Tip Goodman

 

Prison/Aftercare Chaplain

Rob D'Andrea

          

 

Uptown/Downtown
and Athletics Ministry Coordinator

Brent McFadden


First Baptist Dallas Entities

Downtown Pregnancy Center

Director

Carolyn Cline 

First Baptist Academy

Head of School

Brian Littlefield

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