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First Baptist Church of Gholson
  • 228 Wildcat Circle
    Waco, Texas 76705
  • Phone (254) 829-2321
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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 ten years and they have two son's Joshua born December 2009 and Josiah born March 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 (

Favorite verse: Proverbs 3:5-6

Ideal Vacation: Cruise to Alaska

Favorite Hymn: How Great Thou Art, Victory in Jesus

The Team I Root For The Most: New York Yankees, New York Giants, Dallas Mavericks & Texas Rangers

Hobbies: reading, running, and spending time with family


Other Ministry Opportunities:

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


You can contact Bro. James at:

254-829-2321 Office
254-709-7273 Cell




Youth Minister

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Youth Minister

First Baptist Church of Gholson seeks a part time Youth Minister. The Youth Minister will direct and evaluate a comprehensive ministry within the church directed toward Youth and Families that fosters discipleship and spiritual growth.  For more information or to submit your resume please email or call/text James Stevens at 254-709-7273. 



Nursery Director

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


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 Wang is currently a junior 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.


Active Deacons

Rick Bryant
Marvin Goldsmith
Willie McCaig
John McCoy 
Greg Olson (Chairman)
Royce Sparks
Steve Vaughn


Inactive Deacons

Ulen Roberts
Rob Womack