Worship Ministry StaffDean Savage
Pastor of Worship Ministries
940.723.2764 ext 2151
Pastor of Contemporary Worship Ministries
940.723.2764 ext 2153
Director, Academy of Fine Arts
940.723.2764 ext 2152
940.723.2764 ext 2082
Children's Music Coordinator
940.723.2764 ext 2169
Worship Administrative Assistant
940.723.2764 ext 2150
Contemporary Worship Assistant
940.723.2764 ext 2082
Worship Administrative Assistant
940.723.2764 ext 2154
Worship Administrative Assistant/Academy of Fine Arts Assistant
940.723.2764 ext 2155
Our Academy of Fine Arts Faculty
Our Academy of Fine Arts is fortunate to have such outstanding instructors as these:
Mrs. Espinoza is currently the W.F. George Middle School choir director in Iowa Park, Texas. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. She is the choir director of the Girls Choir, Boys Choir and Honor Choir, and also teaches a section of General Music to sixth grade students.Hannah recently married her high school sweetheart, Ruben Espinoza. They have two dogs, Chui and Baby, that they love dearly and will claim them as their children for the time being.
Hannah believes that music lessons are vital to a student's musical growth. It allows for the student not only to grow as a musician, but also to grow themselves.
Mrs. Feaster graduated from Baylor University with her BM in Piano Performance in the spring of 2013. She is originally from the Houston area but lived and worked in Waco for a year after graduating. Piano has been a passion of hers since her earliest years and has led her into the field of music where she has grown into a competent player who thoroughly enjoys her work. Teaching piano has been a joy for her since the age of 12 and she has taught privately over the last 12 years in the Houston, Waco, and now Wichita Falls areas. She has also grown to love teaching choir as well as playing for events and parties and has worked as a church pianist in several positions. Aside from music, Rebekah enjoys marathon canoe racing, cooking, and spending time with family.
Mr. Ginnings is currently a senior at Midwestern State University, working toward a degree in guitar performance. He has an extensive background in music and is classically trained in percussion, guitar, piano, and voice. Lee has been a member of such ensembles throughout the years as the Rider High School wind ensemble, the Rider High School marching band and drum line, the Rider High School jazz band, the Midwestern State University wind ensemble, the Midwestern State University drum line, the Midwestern State University jazz ensemble, and the Midwestern State University guitar ensemble. He has grown up in Wichita Falls and in First Baptist Church and currently leads worship for the Oneighty Student Ministry.
Mr. Hefti is the Academy director and also teaches Woodwinds in the Academy of Fine Arts. Prior to coming on staff as the Worship Associate for First Baptist, he spent over 30 years as a high school band director and woodwind specialist. Ed has served as the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Archer City as well as the interim music minister at First Baptist Church, Iowa Park and Lamar Baptist Church, Wichita Falls. He has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Midwestern State University assisting with the University Jazz Ensemble and teaching improvisation, and has also performed with numerous jazz artists and pop groups and opened for the Fabulous Thunderbirds and BTO. Ed received a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music in Performance from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He and his wife Dianne currently reside in Iowa Park.
Clarinet / Flute / Saxophone
Mr. Martin is currently in his second year as the Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion Coordinator for Rider High School in Wichita Falls, TX. His responsibilities include teaching and designing for the Marching Band, Percussion Ensembles, and Jazz Band, as well as teaching the beginning percussion at McNiel Junior High School. Prior to teaching at Rider, Geoff was a Marching Percussion Technician for several bands around the Tulsa, OK area, including Skiatook High School, Catoosa High School, and Broken Arrow High School. In addition to teaching and designing for marching band, he also taught private lessons and beginning percussion master classes.
Geoff graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree and studied percussion under the direction of Tom McGillen.
In addition to teaching percussion, Geoff is the Electronic Designer and Audio Consultant for the 2013 Drum Corps International World Champion, Carolina Crown.
Mr. Milford is a retired teacher and director, now instructing in low brass and trumpet at the Academy of Fine Arts. He was a WFISD band director for 30 years at Hirschi and Barwise, preceded by 6 years at City View. He has earned Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Midwestern State University. Elton is a native Wichitan married to Patti Milford. They have been members of First Baptist Church for almost 40 years.
Trumpet / French Horn
Mrs. Renton is teaching Piano in the Academy of Fine Arts. Debbie received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance and piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University summa cum laude. She studied with Alfred Mouledous, Dr. David Karp and Dr. Janice Kay Hodges. She obtained her Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Texas in Austin with Dr. William Race. She was a church pianist and had a private studio in New Orleans. She was a choir director for Episcopal for the junior high and high school students. She is a member of the Wichita Falls Music Teachers Association, the Texas Music Association, and the Music Teachers National Association. She is also an accompanist for FHUMC Youth Choir and an active choir member of FHUMC and ENCORE!. She also plays the organ and the violin. She and her husband reside in Wichita Falls.
Mrs. Ward teaches Voice in the Academy of Fine Arts. Melissa received her Bachelor of Music degree at Midwestern State University in 1996, where she received the Outstanding Music Student Award, the William V. Boland Voice Award and more. She pursued graduate studies at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas where she was a Graduate Assistant in Voice. She was also private voice instructor at the time in the Keller Independent School District. She was the Music Assistant to the Choir Director and the Voice teacher at Rider High School here in Wichita Falls. In addition to being soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah, the Mozart Requiem, the Verdi Requiem, the Bach Christmas Oratorio and more, she was also the featured soloist for the Wichita Falls Chamber Orchestra and Chorus. Having sung in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Rene Clausen, she continues to use her extraordinary gifts and is in demand as a featured soloist for many organizations and events. She is currently involved in Amazing Grace Ministries with her husband, singing and ministering throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Melissa and her husband, Darren, have three children, Christopher, Joshua and Eliana.