I was born in Houston, and came to faith in Jesus Christ when I was eight years old. My wife, Shawn, and I married in 1986 and we have three grown daughters — each of whom are nurses in the Big Country — and three grandchildren (two more on the way). We moved to west-central Texas almost 15 years ago to pastor in a rural setting for 13 years, before the Lord called us to Abilene in 2014.
I began a career in journalism, working as a sports editor and news editor before surrendering to preach. I attended seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and I am currently completing a D.Min. degree. Additionally, I serve as a chaplain with Hospice of the Big Country.
Shawn and I lead short-term mission trips to Romania, where we minister to Roma (Gyspy) communities and encourage Romanian Christians through a preaching/teaching ministry and children’s ministry.
My hobbies include: fishing and hanging out with my kids and grandkids.
I was born in Abilene and raised a little way down the road in Roby for most of my life. I have a beautiful wife (Belen Miranda) and two of the most adorable children you’ll ever meet: Ariana and Maddux. My wife and I married in 2008, and shortly after moved to Abilene to further her education and my career.
My hobbies include spending time with my family, fishing, sports, and pretty much anything outdoors. My favorite sport is baseball and the Texas Rangers are my team.
I joined Elmcrest Baptist Church in May 2015 and now am serving as the Youth Pastor. My personal purpose statement is: To lead a group of young men and women to intimately know and love God, and equip them with the tools to make Christ known.
Minister of Music
Art began serving in the Elmcrest music ministry shortly after joining the church and this year became the worship leader. He brings a blended approach to worship through song with familiar hymns and more contemporary music.
Art is married to Lealonnnie and they have a one-year-old son, Mager.
I am the newest member of the Elmcrest staff, joining July 2015 to assist the overall church vision for local missions and outreach. I was born in Rotan, TX and married Rachel in 1984. I came to Christ as a result of my mother’s continual prayers and under the preaching and teaching of my father-in-law and almost immediately God called me to missions.
I have served as pastor and associate pastor in three Texas churches and as a short-term missionary to Mexico over the past 30 years. God has gifted Rachel with a ministry in music and together we serve the Lord in every opportunity He gives us.
Rachel and I have three grown children and four grandchildren.
My hobbies include: fishing, sports & outdoors, and exercising.
I grew up in the panhandle of Texas graduating from Pampa High School and then Draughon’s Business School in Amarillo. Our family moved to Del Rio, Texas in 1975 where I worked as administrative assistant to the pastor before moving to Abilene. I joined the staff at Elmcrest Baptist Church in 1991.
I have two sons, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
My hobbies include: reading and working in the yard.