First Baptist ChurchWichita Falls, TX

Our Staff

Staff

  • Bob McCartney - Senior Pastor
  • Jerry Royal - Executive Pastor
  • Lowell Addy - Pastor of Business Administration
  • Lewis Howard - Pastor of Education
  • Rod Payne - Pastor of Missions & Media
  • Ben Prater - Pastor of Contemporary Worship Ministries
  • Dean Savage - Pastor of Worship Ministries
  • Casey Burt - Junior High Pastor
  • Sherrie Carter - Director of Children's Ministries
  • Sarah Cates - Director of Preschool Ministries
  • Howard Chapman - Pastor of Pastoral Care
  • Natalie Darland - Special Events Coordinator
  • Anne Harrison - Director of Women’s Ministries
  • Sam Midgett - Student Pastor
  • Dennis Neal - Adult Education Pastor
  • Gary Ohmstede - FBCWF West Pastor
  • Andrew Reilly - Senior High Pastor
  • Sterling Sellman - College Pastor
  • Brady Sharp - Campus Pastor - Church at Sheppard
Bob McCartney - Senior Pastor

Bob McCartney

Senior Pastor

Bob McCartney is our Senior Pastor. He has served as a pastor of churches in Texas and Louisiana for nineteen years before arriving at First Baptist Church in 2008. Bob and Mary Anne have been married for 24 years and have a daughter: Kali (7). Bob McCartney is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has two graduate degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jerry Royal - Executive Pastor

Jerry Royal

Executive Pastor

Jerry Royal is our Executive Pastor. Jerry has been on staff at First Baptist Church for the past 23 years, the first 17 as our Student Pastor. Jerry and Mary have been married for 20 years and have four children: Maddie (18), Mallory (15), Kip (12), and McKayla (6). Jerry is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Lowell Addy - Pastor of Business Administration

Lowell Addy

Pastor of Business Administration

Lowell Addy is our Pastor of Business Administration. Lowell has been on staff at First Baptist Church for the past 20 years and has served as a Church Business Administrator for over 33 years. Lowell and Judy have been married for 40 years and have two grown sons and two grandsons. Lowell has been designated as a Certified Church Administrator (CCA) by The Church Network.
Lewis Howard - Pastor of Education

Lewis Howard

Pastor of Education

Lewis Howard comes to our church from First Baptist Church, Naples, Florida. He served there from 2007 until coming to our church in the summer of 2012. He also served on the staff at First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida. Lewis brings a wealth of ministry experience to our church staff and a love for God and His people. He has been married to his wife, Brenda, for 41 years.
Rod Payne - Pastor of Missions & Media

Rod Payne

Pastor of Missions & Media

Rod Payne is our Pastor of Missions and Media. Rod has been on the staff at First Baptist Church for over 28 years. Rod and Vicky have been married 40 years and have three children: Brandon, Sharon Dibiase, and Beth (17), and 3 grandchildren. Rod is a graduate of East Central University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Ben Prater - Pastor of Contemporary Worship Ministries

Ben Prater

Pastor of Contemporary Worship Ministries

Ben Prater is our Pastor of Contemporary Worship Ministries and oversee the Creative Ministry. He is a graduate of Midwestern State University and is enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for a Master of Arts in Worship. Ben has been married to his wife Lexie for five years and they have one daughter, Annie. Ben leads for the 8:15 and 11am services at our downtown campus, as well as for the 10:10 service at our West Campus.
Dean Savage - Pastor of Worship Ministries

Dean Savage

Pastor of Worship Ministries

Dean Savage is our Pastor of Worship Ministries. Dean has been on staff at First Baptist Church since 2007. Dean and Stasha have been married for 20 years and have two children: Nathan (16) and Lillian (12). Dean is a graduate of Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University with Doctoral studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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Casey Burt - Junior High Pastor

Casey Burt

Junior High Pastor

Casey is our Junior High Pastor. He has been on staff since 2009 when he started as an intern for the junior high ministry. Casey and Jillian met here at the church and have been married since 2014. He is a graduate of Midwestern State University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Sherrie Carter - Director of Children's Ministries

Sherrie Carter

Director of Children's Ministries

Sherrie Carter is our Director of Children Ministries. Sherrie has been on staff at First Baptist Church since 1985. Sherrie and Hank have been married since 1979 and have two married children: James Ivey Carter and HannahLee Carter Duffey and three granddaughters. Sherrie is a graduate of Averett University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Sarah Cates - Director of Preschool Ministries

Sarah Cates

Director of Preschool Ministries

Sarah Cates is our Director of Preschool Ministries. She has been on staff since 2006, when she started as a teacher in our weekday preschool program. She and her husband Colby have been married for 17 years and have a daughter and a son. Sarah is a graduate of Texas Christian University.
Howard Chapman - Pastor of Pastoral Care

Howard Chapman

Pastor of Pastoral Care

Chief Chapman is our Minister of Pastoral Care. Chief has been on staff at First Baptist Church for 47 years. Chief and Dorcas have been married 66 years and have two children: Ben Chapman and Lisa Douglas and three grandchildren. Chief is a graduate of Baylor University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Natalie Darland - Special Events Coordinator

Natalie Darland

Special Events Coordinator

Natalie Darland is our Special Events Coordinator. Natalie oversees a variety of projects for our First Baptist Church Campuses and has been on staff since 1999. She and her husband Brad have been married since August of 1982. Their daughter Collin and her husband Shadow Stokes reside in Wichita Falls and attend First Baptist Church. Natalie is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University.
Anne Harrison - Director of Women’s Ministries

Anne Harrison

Director of Women’s Ministries

Anne Harrison is our Director of Women’s Ministries. She and her husband Jim have three boys who provide them a loud and rowdy home. Anne is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she earned two accounting degrees. Thankfully she never has to use them because she is able to do her dream job! Her passion is connecting women to the God who loves their souls and to other women who will encourage them to grow and flourish.
Sam Midgett - Student Pastor

Sam Midgett

Student Pastor

Sam Midgett is our Student Pastor. Sam is a graduate of Baylor University and Dallas Seminary. He met his wife Hannah in Waco, TX. They have one daughter, Molly Harper.
Sam's life passion is to share the Gospel with students. He loves to spend time running, reading (twitter), and with his family.
Dennis Neal - Adult Education Pastor

Dennis Neal

Adult Education Pastor

Dennis Neal is our Adult Education Pastor and joined our staff in April of 2015. Dennis and Sandra have been married 37 years and have two grown children: Matt and Caitlin. Matt and his wife Cheyenne have a son, Kreede. Dennis is a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and received his Master’s degree from B. H. Carroll Theological Institute. He has served on church staffs for over 30 years in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas.
Gary Ohmstede - FBCWF West Pastor

Gary Ohmstede

FBCWF West Pastor

Gary is our Campus Pastor for First Baptist Church West Campus. Gary has been on our FBCWF staff, part time, since 2013. He has been married to his wife, Angie, for 11 years and they have 4 boys: Cross (9), Crue (8), and Cannon and Coyt (deceased) and 1 girl: Ruby Claire (2). Both Gary and Angie were born and raised in Wichita Falls with roots that run deep in our community and have a passion for serving and ministering to others.
Andrew Reilly - Senior High Pastor

Andrew Reilly

Senior High Pastor

Andrew is our High School Pastor. Andrew and Amy have been married for 3 years and have a daughter named Evelyn. Andrew was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, graduated from LSU and is currently working on his Masters of Divinity through Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Sterling Sellman - College Pastor

Sterling Sellman

College Pastor

Sterling is our College Pastor. He and his wife Stephanie have been married for two years. Sterling was raised in Wichita Falls, graduated from Midwestern State University and is currently working on his M.Div. through Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Brady Sharp - Campus Pastor - Church at Sheppard

Brady Sharp

Campus Pastor - Church at Sheppard

Brady Sharp is our Campus Pastor at the Church at Sheppard. He has been on staff since 2009. Brady and Melissa have been married for 7 years and have two sons. Brady is a graduate of Midwestern State University and is currently enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.