Bob Billups, Senior Associate Pastor
Prior to his position here at FBC, Bob was the Senior Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Denton since 1999. While there, he was responsible for the coordination of ministry staff; education, discipleship, and evangelism programming as well as a leadership role in facilities management, church calendar, human resources, Men’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, various church committees, new member orientation, and church media/communications. Bob was also Minister to Students at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler from 1989–1999. He was responsible for all education, activities and counseling for students in middle school, high school, and college as well as recruitment, development, and coordination of adult workers.
Bob graduated high school in 1974 from Van Alstyne High School in Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas in 1978 with a major in mathematics and a second major in counseling. Bob also received a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1988.
Bob and his wife Debbie have been married for 34 years and they have three grown children and two granddaughters. Bob was born and raised in a strong Christian family and he accepted Christ at age 11 while attending RA Camp. He surrendered to full-time Christian vocation in July of 1978 and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by First Baptist Church of Savoy, Texas in 1979. He was licensed to the Gospel Ministry by Spring Hill FBC of Longview in 1981. Bob enjoys being with his family, playing golf, reading, and playing more golf.
David Johnson, Associate Pastor
David came to First Baptist in June, 2006. He and his wife Cathy have four daughters. Previously they have served together at First Baptist Church of Taylor, Texas, Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, and First Baptist Church of Skellytown,Texas, as well as two 1-year positions in Scotland. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His favorite hobbies are watching Andy Griffith Re-runs, playing basketball, and hiking
Sarah Arambide, Minister of Children
Sarah brings excitement & joy to the First Baptist staff. From zip-lining through the rain forests in Costa Rica to leading hundreds of children closer to Christ through a weekof Vacation Bible School, adventure and challenge are nothing to fear.
She is married to Josue, and is mom to Emilia, who is married to Joe and is now very happy to be grandmother (YaYa) to her first grandchild, Jessica Grace. She enjoys spending time reading & scrap-booking, and finds comfort in the reassuring words of Jeremiah 29:11-14, her favorite scripture passage.
Her ministry has grown through the years as she has served as Sunday School teacher for children & adults, children's church leader, vocalist on a praise team, and even served as Pianist for other Midland & San Antonio churches.
Sarah had previously served as the Director of the Child Development Center (CDC) before joining the ministry staff full time in July, 2006 as the Minister to Children.
George Koehl, III Minister of Music
Married to DiAnn, they have four children, George IV, Wade, Candace, and Brittany. George has been on staff at First Baptist since August 1993 and also grew up in our congregation as a highschooler.
George holds both a Bachelor and Masters of Music from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He also thoroughly enjoys sports, playing piano, and composing. Football in particular is big in the Koehl family as their son Wade played outside linebacker for the University of Houston Cougars and was recently drafted to the Texas team of the All-American Football League.
Since 1977, George has been in fulltime ministry, having served asMinister ofYouth and Youth Music at Immanuel Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas; as Minister of Music and Youth at Crescent Heights Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas; and as Minister of Music and Senior Adults at First Baptist Church in Killeen, Texas.
Hank Henry, Interim Missions Minister
Hank now serves full-time at First Baptist after having servednearly 2 years as Interim Missions Minister. He is married toDawna and they have been membersof this fellowshipsince 1978.
He has three children, Tiffany, Marc, and Troy who are all married as well. He enjoys getting outdoors to hunt, fish, do woodcarving, and play the guitar.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology for Pre-Med from Texas Tech University in Lubbock,Texasand has done some post graduate work there as well, pursuing a Master of Business Administration in Management. Before his calling to the ministry, Hank worked 25 years in Human Ressources Management at Texas Instruments.
John Elliott, Minister of Activities
John became the Minister of Activities in April, 2011…But, he and his wife Elaine have both been a part of FBC Midland since they were babies in our nursery. Their three children are Aubrie, Daniel and Luke and all three are proud members of FBC children and student ministries. John is following in his father’s footsteps by being on staff…Charlie Elliott was the Minster of Activities at our church from 1967 to 2004, and John was raised in the Activities Building. John and Elaine over the past years have been Sunday School Directors, GA and RA Directors, Acteens and Challengers Directors, Upward coaches and involved in other ministries here at FBC…it was through these ministries and prayers from our congregation that John and Elaine felt and followed God’s amazing call into ministry.
John graduated from Midland Lee High School in 1992 where he was a member of National Honors Society, Varsity Basketball, Chorale and Origin. He then went on to the glory land of Waco, TX and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Baylor University in 1996 with a major in Speech-Language Pathology.
John’s hobby in life is to be with Elaine and follow Aubrie, Daniel and Luke all over the state to watch them play softball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball and football. John loves the Lord and is honored to serve Him and counts every day as blessing that God has put he and his family in this position. 1 Corinthians 15:58 is a verse that has helped change and mold his life… "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
Nathan Wennerlind, Activities Ministry Assistant
Being a born and raised Midlander, Nathan has been a part of First Baptist Church since he was in the 7th Grade. Serving as a full time staff member since October of 2014, Nathan works as the assistant in the Activities Building: “The Activities Ministry takes sports and uses them as a catalyst to introduce others to Jesus and to the Church. In many ways, I see Activities as being the front door of our Church in the way outsiders can be plugged in through our various leagues and ministries. I love that fun, fitness, and sports serve as a backdrop for sharing the love of Christ with others!”
Nathan enjoys anything from discussing movies, music, and sports to playing board games with friends. He loves tossing the Frisbee, which would explain why his favorite sports are Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf. One of Nathan’s favorite verses is Joshua 24:15: “…Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Jim Cawthon, Minister of Media
Following two years of service as Master Control Operator for FamilyNet & the North American Mission Board, Jim and Amy joined First Baptist in August of 2000.
His education background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Photocommunications from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and a Masters of Arts in Communications from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
He has two children, Brady & Erin and enjoys time with them at the playground, playing video games, and reading stories with them. Other pleasures include taking pictures, playing soccer or racquetball, watching movies, or playing video games.
Brad Echols, Minister to Students
Brad Echols has been in full time ministry for 8 years, and most recently served at Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne, TX. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Arts in Youth Ministry from Howard Payne University. He and his wife, Erin, have two children: Macie, 9, and Beckett, 7. He has been in education for a total of 16 years, spending time as a teacher and a tennis coach. He often speaks at conferences and guest lectures for colleges. He believes the heart of student ministry lies in investing in students, parents and youth workers. In his free time, he loves spending time with his family and playing tennis.
Katy Little, Assistant Student Minister
Katy has a passion for discipling and teaching the Bible to teenage girls and helping them to understand God's love for them and their place in God's Kingdom. She has been employed at FBC Midland in the Student
Ministry since 2011. Before that, she received her Bachelor of Arts in English from East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX, and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Katy was raised in Winnie, a small town in Southeast Texas, where her father, Sammy, is the pastor of FBC Stowell and her mother, Kristy, is a 5th grade Science Teacher. She has been blessed by God with many amazing and life-changing experiences, including studying in Oxford for a semester during college and working on an archeological dig at Tel Gezer in Israel for a summer during seminary. In her spare time, Katy enjoys travelling, writing and playing songs on her ukulele, singing, reading, listening to podcasts, spending time with friends from the GAP, and Netflix.
Janna Boyd, Minister to Senior Adults
Janna became the first Minister to Senior Adults at First Baptist Church of Midland on October 1, 2014. She was on the FBC staff previously as the Associate Minister of Music for twelve years, and was away for four years serving at Austin Baptist Church in Austin, Texas as the Minister to Children and Their Families. She received her undergraduate degree in Education and Music from Baylor University and a Master of Education from Hardin Simmons University . Before her years in church ministry, Janna taught school for 22 years.
Janna is married to Crosby and they have three married children Elizabeth, Emily, and Mc, and one terrific grandson, Isaac. Janna enjoys music, working in the yard, traveling, writing, and watching her Baylor Bears play basketball and football.
Shane Dockrey, Interim Minister to Preschool
Shane is one of our FBC “home grown”. She grew up in Midland and has attended First Baptist Church from the day she could be dropped off in the nursery! Shane made God the “Boss of her life” when she was 8 years old. After graduating from Lee High School, Shane attended Midland College and graduated from Texas Tech University (GO RED RAIDERS) with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught 1st and 2nd grades with MISD for 7 years before becoming a “stay at home mom”. Shane married the love of her life June 3, 2000. They have 2 girls, Jaycee (born April 7, 2004) and Sadie (born March 30, 2008). She has been actively involved in FBC’s Sunday School, Bible Drill, GAs and Preschool Ministries. Since August 1, 2014, Shane has been serving as Interim Preschool Minister. Teaching children about who God is, what He has done through Jesus, and how to follow what God has planned for their lives has always been a passion of Shane’s! She thoroughly enjoys teaching, playing, and caring for children! Shane loves her first calling of being a mommy and spending time with her family. She, also, enjoys embroidering and playing games whenever possible!