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 thirteen years and they have two sons Joshua and Josiah.

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 

Nursery Coordinator

Dusty Young


Dusty has been working in our nursery for 16 years. She started working in the nursery when her son was two years old. In 2008 she became the Nursery Coordinator.

Youth Leaders

Cody & Chesley Crawford

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Cody and Chesley have been married for 12 years and are blessed to have 2 sons. Both Cody and Chesley came to faith in Christ at young ages and began leading the youth in August 2019. They are passionate about teaching and reaching the upcoming generations with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is their prayer and goal to help the youth of FBCG to build a firm foundation in Christ that will foster a lifelong relationship with Him.

One of their favorite Bible passages is Colossians 2:6-7 which says:  "As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving".

In their downtime, they enjoy reading good books, raising and training all kinds of animals, wood working, camping, fishing and just being in the great outdoors in general as a family.


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.   


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.


Gloria Szanto


Gloria grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and moved to Texas in 1999. She graduated from Baylor University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in church music with piano emphasis. She has been married to her husband, Scott, since 2006. After years of working in daycares and schools, Gloria is now a stay-at-home homeschooling mom of three daughters. Gloria became our pianist in August 2018.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen". Hebrews 11:1


Fellowship of Deacons


Logan Boswell
Marvin Goldsmith
Willie McCaig 
John McCoy  (Chairman)
Greg Olson 
Calvin Snyder (Vice Chairman)
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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