Our Pastor and Staff

Our Pastor

Leader-RJeffress - Robert Jeffress Photo

Dr. Robert Jeffress is the senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas. 

Dr. Jeffress, who serves as a Fox News Contributor, has made more than 1500 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,” and “Cavuto on Business;” ABC’s “Good Morning America;” CBS’s “This Morning;” HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher;” CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360;” and  MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”

Dr. Jeffress hosts a daily radio program, Pathway to Victory, that is heard nationwide on over 764 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 on 1,200 television stations and cable systems throughout the nation and in 28 countries around the world, including China.

Dr. Jeffress is the author of 21 books including When Forgiveness Doesn’t Make Sense and his newest book, Perfect Ending: Why Your Eternal Future Matters Today.

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 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 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 .


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 email at .

Minister 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 .

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 email 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 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 .

Departmental Staff

First Impressions








Special Events




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



Assoc. of Instrumental Music

Joe Hardin
Senior Adults Celebration Singers Director




Preschool Ministry Associate

Konda Mehmen

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
Director of Large Groups and Media Elizabeth Mitchell




Minister to Students

Ryan Sadler

Minister to Junior High Students

Andrew Hamilton

Girl's Ministry Associate

Katelin Downing


College Ministry Intern

Levi Anderson


Singles Minister

Andrew Jennings

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 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 


Wedding Coordinator

Debbie Cullen


Minister of Missions

Michael Fore



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



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

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 Minister

Ron Cresswell 

Computer/Phone Technician

Jeff Gerch 

Evangelism and Missions


Metroplex Missions Manager

Tip Goodman


Prison/Aftercare Chaplain

Rob D'Andrea



and Athletics Ministry Coordinator

Brent McFadden

First Baptist Dallas Entities

Downtown Pregnancy Center


Carolyn Cline 

First Baptist Academy

Head of School

Jason Lovvorn