Ministry Team

Rev. James E. Stevens, Jr.

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Bro. James became our Pastor on October 5, 2008. He graduated from Criswell College in Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. He worked for Office Depot for twelve years while serving Bi-Vocationally as Youth Minister, and Associate Pastor.

Bro. James and his wife Tammy have been married for twelve years and they have two sons Joshua (2009) and Josiah (2013).

Bro. James says, “My greatest priority as Pastor is to equip the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12). My conviction is that only as people know God through His Word will they become passionate about fulfilling the Great Commission.”

Bro. James serves on the Pastor Church Relations Committee for the Southern Baptist of Texas Conventions ( and as a School Board Trustee for Gholson ISD (  He also works at Lake Shore Funeral Home (


Other Ministry Opportunities:

-Served as Camp Pastor for Girls in Action Camp 2014
-Served as Moderator for the Southern Baptist of Central Texas Association ( 2012-2014
-Served as Secretary for the Southern Baptist of Central Texas Association ( 2010-2012 



Assistant Pastor

Rick Bryant

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Rick became our Assistant Pastor on July 23, 2017.  He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Religion.  He served as a deacon for a year before accepting the Assistant Pastor position with us.  Currently works for Allergan and has done so since 2014. 

Rick and his wife, Kristie, have been married for four years and have one son Nathan (2017).

Rick says, “I am passionate about teaching the people of God about the Word of God so that they can be effective servants of God (2 Tim. 3:16).  I hope to be as much of a blessing to the church and community of Gholson as it has been to my family and I.”   





Youth Minister

Nathan Berry

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Nathan became our Youth Minister on August 20, 2017. He has a Bachelor of Behavioral Science in Ministry from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. He is currently working on his Master of Art in Christian Ministry at Truett Seminary at Baylor University. 

Nathan and his wife Robin have been married for three years and currently do not have any kids, but have two dogs, Bailey and Bruiser.

Nathan believes that it is the whole church congregations role to raise up strong Christian teenage leaders who will be both the future of the church and leaders in the world (1 Timothy 4:12). He will be challenging students to make sure that Christian is not just a title that they have, but a lifestyle that they are living out each and every day. One of his favorite Bible verses which he feels really hits on how we should serve others is Colossians 1:24, "I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church." 





Nursery Coordinator

Dusty Young


Dusty has been working in our nursery for over 8 years. She started working in the nursery when her son was two years old. In 2008 she became the Nursery Director.

My Favorite verse: Psalm 23

My Favorite Food: Her husband Jamie’s BBQ

My Ideal Vacation: Cruise with Jamie, BJ, Mom,Dad and Jamie's parents.

My Favorite Hymn: In the Garden

The team I root for the most: Whatever team BJ her son is playing on & The Dallas Cowboys


Assistant Nursery Coordinator

Sarah Ashcraft


Bio Coming Soon!!!!





Song Leader

David Pafford


Bro. David is no stranger to the Music Ministry of the Church. He served for over twenty years as the Minister of Music at Bellmead Calvary Baptist Church.  Bro. David voluntarily serves our church as our Song Leader and our pianist Sunday Night.  





Bonnie Wang


Bonnie is currently a senior piano performance major at Baylor University where she is studying with Krassimira Jordan. Prior to attending Baylor, she studied with Anna Habicht in El Paso, Texas. She was a finalist in the TMTA piano competition, the winner of the El Paso Baroque competition, as well as the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra competition. She has attended master classes with Dena Jones, Laura Spitzer, and PavlinaDokovska. Bonnie has also studied with Paul Barnes, Wolfgang Watzinger, and Krassimira Jordan at the International Piano Academy in Vienna, and has performed in the Kaisersaal in Vienna. She is the winner of the 2016 Baylor Semper pro musica Competition (piano division).





Patricia Rutherford


I grew up in Waco and graduated from Connally High School.  My husband, Tommy, and I have two children, Tommy and Carrie; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  We have had the privilege of living in many places but moved back home in 1999.  The Lord has given us many wonderful experiences, and we are grateful.


Favorite verse: Galatians 2:20

My Ideal Vacation: The British Islands

My Favorite Hymn: The Solid Rock

Team I root for the most: Any Baylor Bear team

Favorite Food: Doughnuts

I’m happiest when: My family is all together

My Last Meal would be: A medium-well steak, Caesar salad, vegetables, hot rolls, followed by cheesecake with raspberry sauce and with coffee, of course.






Our Deacons


The deacons serve alongside the Pastor in the pastoral ministries of the church.


  1. To proclaim the gospel to believers and unbelievers.
  2. To care for the church’s members and other persons in the community.
  3. To lead the church in the achievement of its mission. 


A deacon must be a male member of the church who possesses the following Scriptural characteristics, and who is ordained by this church or by a Baptist church of like faith and order. The following section provides an outline for describing the characteristics of a deacon.

A Serving Man – Already serving the body through faithful service to God through the church in corporate worship, Sunday School, prayer ministry and personal ministry, such as teaching, visiting, etc. (Matthew 20:20-28; John 13:1-17; Acts 6:1-8; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Peter 4:7-11)

A Sought Man – Sought by the church, not a man seeking the honor of being called a deacon. A man recognized by the church for his spirit of servanthood. (Acts 6:3-5; Romans 12:3; Galatians 5:24-26)

A Sincere Man – One who casts no slur on others; does not stir up dissension among the brethren; keeps his promises and commitments; lives by faith and is faithful; is not a backbiter; is truthful in love; honest and of good reputation. (Psalm 15:1-3; Proverbs 6:16-19; Acts 6:3-5; Galatians 2:20, 5:14-15; Ephesians 4:25-27)

A Sacrificial Man – Willing to take the initiative to meet the needs of others; willing to participate in the caring ministry of deacons; a tither and a grace giver; a selfless man. (Malachi 3:10; John 13:12-17; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Corinthians 10:24; 1 Thessalonians 3:6-10; 1 Timothy 5:3)

A Spiritual Man – Full of the Holy Spirit; recognizing and exercising spiritual gifts; a man committed to prayer and the study of God’s word. (Matthew 6:1-15; Acts 6:3-5; Galatians 5:22-26; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 12:1-12; 2 Timothy 2:15)

A Soul Winning Man – Willing to be trained and to train others to lead souls to Christ. (Proverbs 11:30; Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 14:16-23)

A Sold-Out Man to His Family – Faithful; sexually pure; the husband of one wife (not divorced); managing his children and household well; blameless; tested; nothing held against him; abstaining from alcohol and illegal drugs; exemplary family life to the flock. (Malachi 2:16; Ephesians 5:25-32, 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Timothy 3:8-13; Hebrews 13:4-5)


 Active Deacons

Logan Boswell
Cody Crawford
Marvin Goldsmith
Willie McCaig (Chairman)
John McCoy  
Greg Olson 
Royce Sparks
Steve Vaughn


Inactive Deacons

Ulen Roberts
Rob Womack



Contact Us
First Baptist Church of Gholson
  • 228 Wildcat Circle
    Waco, Texas 76705
  • Phone (254) 829-2321
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