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. Bro. James is currently working on his Master of Divinity Degree at Southwestern Baptist Theolical Seminary. 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 thirteen 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.”

He serves as a School Board Trustee for Gholson ISD (  Bro. James also works at Lake Shore Funeral Home (


Other Ministry Opportunities:

-Served on the Pator Church Relations Committee for the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention 2014-2018
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

Open Position

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Logan & Bailey Martin, our youth minister candidate, will be preaching in view of a call on Sunday, July 29.


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.

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.   


Opened Position


Pianist Needed

First Baptist Church of Gholson seeks a Part Time Pianist. This position becomes available May 6.

This position should require a minimum of 3 hours per week. Sunday Mornings from 10:20 am - 12 pm and Wednesday Night practice from 6:50 pm - 8 pm.

Pay: $75 per Service

($150 a week for Sunday & Wednesday)

Interested persons should contact/text James Stevens at 254-709-7273 or email

We are no longer accepting reumes at this time!


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.

Our Deacons


 Active Deacons

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






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